Advocacy & Policy

AGA PAC Supported Candidates

A key part of AGA advocacy is political support of legislators and candidates through AGA PAC. 

AGA PAC’s Mission and Candidate Selection Process

AGA PAC, AGA’s bipartisan political action committee, serves a vital role in advancing AGA’s legislative agenda and increasing gastroenterology’s visibility with Congress. Through AGA PAC, AGA members can support the election or re-election of congressional candidates who will advocate for policies that support GI professionals and access to care for patients. AGA PAC supports legislators who make decisions on issues that can impact the future of the specialty and helps build relationships with new candidates, especially physician candidates, who could be future champions of gastroenterology.  

How does AGA PAC make decisions?

The AGA PAC Board of Advisors, a bipartisan panel of AGA members, carefully reviews and approves all candidate contributions. They approve the budget for candidate support and follow established, strategic guidelines to process and prioritize contributions to maximize AGA’s impact. A few key guidelines include prioritizing contributions to: 

  • Incumbents who can influence policies important to gastroenterology — congressional leadership and members serving on key health committees:
    • Senate Finance Committee 
    • Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee 
    • Senate Appropriations Committee (with emphasis on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee) 
    • House Ways and Means Committee (with emphasis on Health Subcommittee) 
    • House Energy and Commerce Committee (with emphasis on Health Subcommittee) 
    • House Appropriations Committee (with emphasis on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee) 
  • Physician members of Congress 
  • Incumbents on non-health related committees who show support for our policy initiatives   
  • Physician candidates seeking office for the first time, especially gastroenterologists

The AGA PAC Board evaluates candidates using key criteria based on issues impacting GI clinicians and researchers and patient access to care. This includes support for our policy priorities: 

  •  Ensuring patient access to high-quality GI care  
  •  Easing administrative and regulatory burdens   
  •  Protecting fair reimbursement for GI services   
  •  Increased funding for digestive disease and cancer research 

AGA PAC Supported Candidates

Alaska 

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-2022) 

California 

  • Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-07) – internist 
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18)* 
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA-36)* – emergency physician 
  • Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA-46) 

Connecticut 

  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) 

Florida 

  • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)

Georgia

  • Dr. Richard McCormick (R-GA-06) – emergency physician, open seat

Illinois 

  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-01) 
  • Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) 
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) 

Indiana 

  • Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN-8) – cardiothoracic surgeon 

Iowa 

  • Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-01)* 

Kansas 

  • Sen. Jerry W. Moran (R-KS-2022) 

Kentucky 

  • Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02) 

Louisiana 

  • Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-2026) – gastroenterologist 

Massachusetts 

  • Rep. Richard “Richie” Neal (D-MA-01) 
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-02) 

New Jersey 

  • Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06) 
  • Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) 

New York 

  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY-10) 
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08) 

Ohio 

  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) – open seat Senate race 
  • Rep. Brad R. Wenstrup (R-OH-02) – podiatric surgeon 

Oregon 

  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR-2022) 

South Carolina 

  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC-2022) 

South Dakota 

  • Sen. John Thune (R-SD-2022) 

Utah 

  • Rep. John Curtis (R-UT-03) 

Washington 

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) 
  • Rep. Jaime Lynn Herrera Beutler (R-WA-03) 
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05) 
  • Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA-08) – pediatrician 

*The district this candidate is running in is changing due to redistricting; click here to see the most up-to-date map. 

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