The Senate now has two physicians on board as a result of the November
2 national elections. Tom Coburn, MD, the Republican candidate elected in
Oklahoma, joins Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD (R, Tenn), who was not up for
re-election. In Kentucky, a third physician seeking a seat in the Senate,
Dan Mongiardo, MD, lost by a narrow margin to incumbent Republican Senator
In the House of Representatives, six incumbent physician members won
re-election. Charles Bostany, MD (R, La), faces a runoff as one of the top
two vote-getters in his Louisiana district. The six winners are Vic Snyder,
MD (D, Ark); David Weldon, MD (R, Fla); Phil Gingrey, MD (R, Ga); Ron Paul,
MD (R, Tex); Michael Burgess, MD (R, Tex); and Jim McDermott, MD (D, Wash).
Another two physicians, Tom Price, MD (R, Ga), and Joe Schwarz, MD (R, Mich),
took new seats in the House.
Mitka M. Physicians in Congress. JAMA. 2004;292(22):2714. doi:10.1001/jama.292.22.2714-a