Three emergency physicians won their races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2020 election. Congratulations to:
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Rep. Mark Green, MD (R, TN-7)
A graduate of West Point, Dr. Green attended Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University and became a flight surgeon, serving tours of duty in the Afghanistan War and Iraq War. Following his military retirement in 2006, Dr. Green founded a hospital emergency department physician group in Tennessee as well as two free clinics.
Dr. Green was first elected to the house in in 2018 and currently serves on the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Oversight and Reform committees. Dr. Green has sponsored legislation important to emergency medicine, especially in the areas of rural health and access to care.
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ronny Jackson, MD (R, TX-13)
Dr. Jackson graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In 1995, he began his active-duty military career as an officer in the U.S. Navy. In 2001, Dr. Jackson returned to the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, to complete his residency in emergency medicine.
In 2006, while serving in Iraq, Dr. Jackson was selected as a White House physician in the George W. Bush administration. He served in the White House until he retired from the military as rear admiral on Dec. 1, 2019, with his last duty assignment at the White House. This will be his first term in Congress.
Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD, MPH, MPP (D, CA-36)
Dr. Ruiz attended Harvard University in Boston, where he earned his medical degree as well as a masters of public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a masters of public health from the School of Public Health, becoming the first Latino to earn three graduate degrees from Harvard University.
Dr. Ruiz worked full-time as an emergency physician until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Dr. Ruiz has sponsored many bills important to emergency medicine, including surprise medical billing, mental illness care, and veterans’ care.