champions in Congress. Representative Bera’s first
political event was held in the ACS Washington, DC,
Office board room, and he has championed many
efforts important to members of the College.
•Neal Dunn, MD, FACS (R-FL). Dr. Dunn is on the National
Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) “young
guns” list, which means he is running for one of the
most competitive congressional seats in the 2016 election cycle. Dr. Dunn is a urologist and Fellow of the
College who is running in Florida’s Second Congressional District. This is an open seat vacated by Rep. Gwen
Graham (D-FL). Dr. Dunn has support from former
Florida House Speaker Allan Bense (R), the Florida
Medical Association, and several physician groups in
•Drew Ferguson, DMD (R-GA). Dr. Ferguson is a dentist running for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland’s (R) seat in
Georgia’s Third Congressional District. In Georgia, the
winner of the primary (held this year on May 24) must
take 50 percent plus one. If this goal is not accomplished,
the top two candidates—in this case, Dr. Ferguson and
state Sen. Mike Crane (R)—enter a runoff, which Dr.
Ferguson won July 26 with 54 percent of the vote. Dr.
Ferguson is strongly favored to win the general election
in this heavily Republican district.
•Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL). Mr. Krishnamoorthi, considered to be one of the Democratic Party’s emerging
leaders, is running in Illinois’ Eighth Congressional
District as Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
vies for the Senate seat. Mr. Krishnamoorthi is still the
clear frontrunner, receiving critical endorsements from
President Barack Obama, Representative Duckworth,
and more than 20 other members of Congress, including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), House Democratic Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
• Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS). Dr. Marshall, an obstetrician-gynecologist from Great Bend, won the August 2
Kansas First Congressional District Republican primary with 57 percent of the vote against incumbent
Rep. Tim Huelskamp. This win is significant, as Representative Huelskamp is the first House Republican in
this election cycle to lose a primary for reasons unrelated to redistricting. Whereas this district is solidly
Republican, Dr. Marshall is the projected winner for
the general election.
• Rep. Tom Price, MD, FACS (R-GA). Representative Price is
an ACS Fellow who has risen through the congressional
ranks. Serving on the advisory group to House Speaker
Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Price is typically in the room
when key decisions are made. He played a critical role
in inserting the global codes provision in the sustainable
growth rate formula, as well as advocating that future
payment models should be physician-centric.
To view a complete list of candidates supported by
ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC in your state, visit SurgeonsVoice.
org. To learn more about ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC’s disbursement process, contact ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC staff
at email@example.com or 202-672-1520.
Many of this year’s congressional races have proven
competitive, and the November election results may
change the political climate of the U.S.
TOSS UP SEATS IN THE SENATE
• Open seat, NV, Harry Reid (D-NV)
• Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
• Michael Bennett (D-CO)
• Dan Coats (R-IN)
• Ron Johnson (R-WI)
• Mark Kirk (R-IL)
• Rob Portman (R-OH)
• Marco Rubio (R-FL)
• Pat Toomey (R-PA)
TOSS UP SEATS IN THE HOUSE
• Open seat, AZ-01, Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
• Open seat, FL- 18, Patrick Murphy (D)
• Open seat, PA- 8, Mike Fitzpatrick (R)
• Open seat, NV-03, Joe Heck (R)
• Open seat, NY-03, Steve Israel (D)
• Open seat, NY- 19, Chris Gibson (R)
• Open seat, NY- 22, Richard Hanna (R)
• Open seat, WI-08, Reid Ribble (R)
• Mike Coffman (R-CO-06)
• Carlos Curbelo (R-FL- 26)
• Bob Dold (R-IL- 10)
• Frank Guinta (R-NH-01)
• Will Hurd (R-TX- 23)
• Mia Love (R-UT-04)
• John Katko (R-NY- 24)
• Steve Knight (R-CA- 25)
• Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-02)
• David Young (R-IA-03)
• Lee Zeldin (R-NY-01)
OCT 2016 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
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