The Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Midterms elections resulted in a flip in control of the House of Representatives and positive outcomes for many ASAPAC-supported candidates. ASA continues to monitor results and will update this information as more news becomes available.
HOUSE AND SENATE MAKEUP
Going into the election, Republicans were in control of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Executive branch. On Tuesday, November 6th, Democrats won at least 32 seats, allowing them to gain control of the House with at least 230 total Democrat seats. The final margin of control remains uncertain with seven House races that have not yet been decided. In the Senate, Republicans gained control of two more seats including North Dakota and Missouri, allowing them to have a majority with at least 51 seats. There are two Senate races that have not yet been decided; Florida and Mississippi. Of the races called as of November 15, ASAPAC has a current success rate of 91 percent.
CONGRESSMAN ANDY HARRIS
ASA member and the first physician anesthesiologist elected to Congress, Representative Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01), won his election with 60% of the vote. Congressman Harris has been a member of ASA and received ASAPAC support.
OTHER PHYSICIANS IN CONGRESS
In the 115th Congress, there were 11 physicians and 4 dentists serving in Congress. While the full results are still being tabulated, there are projected to be 16 physicians and 4 dentists in the 116th Congress.
ASAPAC was proud to support several successful physicians and dentists running for Congress, including:
Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-05)
Congressman Brian Babin, D.D.S. (R-TX-36)
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA-07)
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN-08)
Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX-26)
Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (R-FL-02)
Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (R-AZ-4)
Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01)
Member-Elect John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA-13)
Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS-01)
Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN-01)
Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA-36)
Member-elect Jeff Van Drew, DDS (D-NJ-02)
ASAPAC-supported candidate Kim Schrier, M.D. is in a close race for WA–08.
There were many other ASAPAC-supported candidates who were successful in their races last night including:
AZ-02---Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
FL-07 --Stephanie Murphy (D)
FL-15 –Ross Spano (R)
IA-01 --Abby Finkenauer (D)
NJ-11 ---Mikie Sherill (D)
NC-02—George Holding (R)
PA-01---Brian Fitzpatrick (R)
We look forward to adding to this list as additional key races are decided.
The state midterm elections also determined several positive outcomes in key races for ASA members and physician anesthesiologists who ran for reelection.
- Senator Tim Melson, M.D. (AL-1)
- Senator Chuck Hufstetler, CAA (GA-52)
- Representative Bryan Terry, M.D. (TN-48)
- Representative Tom Oliverson, M.D. (TX-130)
- Representative John Zerwas, M.D. (TX-28)
ASA member and candidate Kayser Enneking, M.D., narrowly lost her bid for Florida Senate District 8.
ASA would like to congratulate all of our physician anesthesiologist lawmakers on their elections. Please continue to report physician anesthesiologists running for public office by emailing [email protected].