SNMMI Advocacy Post-Election

November 7, 2018

The 2018 Midterm Election yielded a House of Representatives controlled by Democrats and a U.S. Senate controlled by Republicans. With a Republican in the White House, one could expect gridlock in Washington come 2019. Although there may have been no major surprises in overall results, that does not mean there were no milestones to report. 

As of the morning of November 7, at least 111 women will serve in Congress in 2019, which is an all-time high. With a victory on Tuesday, Dr. John Joyce, a physician in Pennsylvania, adds to the list of physicians in Congress. With the addition of Dr. Joyce, there will be 17 total members of Congress in 2019 who are physicians. SNMMI looks forward to opportunities to discuss issues that impact nuclear medicine physicians. The list of physicians in the 116th Congress are:

  • Congressman Ralph Abraham
  • Senator John Barrasso
  • Congressman Ami Bera
  • Congressman Larry Buchson
  • Congressman Michael Burgess
  • Senator John Boozman
  • Senator Bill Cassidy
  • Congressman Scott DesJarlais
  • Congressman Neal Dunn
  • Congressman Andrew Harris
  • Congressman Roger Marshall
  • Congressman David "Phil" Roe
  • Congressman Raul Ruiz
  • Senator Rand Paul
  • Congressman Mike Simpson
  • Congressman Brad Wenstrup
  • Congressman John Joyce

SNMMI, along with MITA and CORAR, have been advocating for House Resolution 6948 over the last six weeks. You can learn more about HR 6948 here. SNMMI has had numerous meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss this important legislation. In addition to those meetings, SNMMI members have sent in letters of support from an array of medical institutions across the country. SNMMI plans to continue to advocate for this legislation through the end of 2018 and looks forward to educating new members of Congress on nuclear medicine and molecular imaging issues.

Looking ahead to 2019, state elections will provide many new opportunities for SNMMI advocacy on the state level. If you are interested in learning more about what your statewide election results may mean for societal advocacy efforts, please contact Dalton Clark, Associate Government Affairs Manager, at dclark@snmmi.org.

If you are interested in getting involved with advocacy for SNMMI, please contact Dalton Clark or Caitlin Kubler, Associate Director of Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs, at ckubler@snmmi.org