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Washington Leadership Conference

Every spring hundreds of dentists gather together in the nation’s capital to advocate for their patients, profession and their practice. At the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC), you will hear from political analysts, subject matter experts and politically involved dentists on issues that affect oral health in the United States. Join your colleagues and the American Dental Association in helping our current efforts on the Hill to ensure your voice is heard by lawmakers.

The 2016 Washington Leadership Conference was held from May 2-4, 2016 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Thank you to all that attended for making WLC 2016 one of our most successful Washington Leadership Conferences ever! 

Who should attend?

All ADA member dentists are invited to join their colleagues to speak with One Voice United on Capitol Hill. All ADA Action Team Leaders are partially funded by the ADA to attend the conference and meet with their legislator.

Keynote Speaker

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson, Co-host of FOX and Friends Weekend and Editor-in-Chief at The Daily Caller

A longtime newspaper, magazine writer, and political expert, Carlson has reported on key issues from around the world, including dispatches in Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and Vietnam. He has served as a columnist for New York magazine and Reader's Digest. A respected author and journalist for decades, Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. His most recent book is entitled, Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News. He has also appeared on the third season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.


Bill McInturff, Partner and Co-Founder of Public Opinion Strategies

As partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs survey research firm, since its founding in 1991, the firm has completed more than 7 million interviews with voters and consumers in all fifty states and over a dozen foreign countries, and conducted more than 3,500 focus groups. Called by The New York Times, "the leading Republican polling company," Public Opinion Strategies currently represents 13 U.S. Senators, five Governors, and over 68 Members of Congress. Bill, along with Hart Research Associates, conducts The NBC News/The Wall Street Journal Poll and polling on economic trends for CNBC. 

Fred Costello, D.D.S., Candidate in Fl-06

Dr. Costello was born and raised in Orlando, Florida.  After serving as a Captain in the US Air Force, Dr. Costello moved to Ormond Beach where he practices Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr.Costello currently serves as a State Representative in the Florida House and is the former mayor of Ormond Breach.  He and his wife Linda have been married for 42 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Drew Ferguson, D.M.D, Candidate in GA-03

Dr. Ferguson is a fourth-generation Georgian.  He is a general dentists and has been an Adjunct and faculty member of the MCG School of Dentistry since 1998.  Dr. Ferguson and his wife Elizabeth have 4 children. In 2008, Ferguson was elected Mayor of West Point where he worked to help employment and the local economy as the KIA plant, suppliers and related businesses created 15,000 of new jobs in West Point.

WLC Agenda

2016 WLC Agenda

WLC 2016 Issue Sheets

DOC Access Act: H.R. 3323

Protecting Seniors Access to Care Act: H.R. 4062

Student Debt Reform: H.R. 649 & H.R. 4223

Conference Presentations

State PAC Presentation

Breakout 1: How to Effectively Lobby Congress

Breakout 2: National Election Update

Monday's Master Presentation

Tuesday's Master Presentation

Conference Evaluation

2016 Conference Evaluation

2016 Congressional Visit Form


For more information on the Washington Leadership Conference, please contact Peter Aiello, Grassroots Manager, at aiellop@ada.org or call 202.789.5168.