January 11, 2015
ASA Welcomes 114th Congress
On January 6, newly-elected members of the 114th Congress were
sworn into office with the oath of office. In the new Congress, which will encompass
2015 and 2016, Republican have a majority of seats in both the U.S. House of
Representatives and U.S. Senate. Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) was reelected
as Speaker of the House and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed his new
position as Senate Majority Leader.
“Congratulations to all members of the 114th Congress, especially
the new members beginning their service as federal elected officials” said J.P.
Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D, President of the American Society of
Anesthesiologists. “We are proud to partner with members of Congress, both new
and reelected, to ensure patients have access to safe, high quality,
physician-led care. Physician anesthesiologists like myself look forward to
working with these elected officials to address the challenges in our health
care system, and the many important issues facing patients, and their
An overview of the 114th Congress:
- In the House of Representatives, Republicans increased their majority to 246
seats. There are 188 Democrats and one vacancy.
- In the Senate, Republicans gained control of the chamber with 54 seats.
There are 44 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with Democrats.
- Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., continues to serve as the first
anesthesiologist elected to the House of Representatives.
- There are 14 physicians serving in the House and 3 in the Senate for a total
of 17 physicians in Congress.
- In the House, there are 84 women and 350 men.