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Capitol Health Call
December 13, 2006

Physicians in Congress

JAMA. 2006;296(22):2670. doi:10.1001/jama.296.22.2670-c

Ten physicians will be part of the 110th Congress when it convenes in January.

All physician incumbents running for office on November 7 retained their seats, joined by freshman Steve Kagen (D, Wis), who won a House seat. The physician presence shrank by one because Sen Majority Leader Bill Frist (R, Tenn), retired, leaving only Tom Coburn, MD (R, Okla), as a physician-senator. Also, one-term incumbent Rep Joe Schwarz (R, Mich) lost in the primaries.

The re-elected House incumbents are Vic Snyder, MD (D, Ark); David Weldon, MD (R, Fla); Tom Price, MD (R, Ga); Phil Gingrey, MD (R, Ga); Charles Boustany, MD (R, La); Ron Paul, MD (R, Tex); Michael Burgess, MD (R, Tex); and Jim McDermott, MD (D, Wash). Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, MD, who won a special election in November to finish the term of former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who resigned, failed to win a full term.