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ADA congratulates Dr. Gosar on election to Congress

The American Dental Association offered “our sincere congratulations on your election to the United States House of Representatives” to Dr. Paul Gosar, the first dentist to move from leadership in ADA’s government affairs council to a seat in Congress. He will represent Arizona’s first congressional district.

“Now the real work begins,” ADA President Raymond Gist said in the Nov. 4 letter. “And I want you to know that ADA leaders and members, particularly your friends and colleagues on the Council on Government Affairs and the ADPAC Board, as well as our Washington staff are pledged to continue supporting you however we can.

“We are delighted to have dentistry’s voice in the House doubled, and we look forward to working with you to ensure that the federal issues facing organized dentistry are given the attention they deserve.”

Rep.-elect Gosar will join re-elected Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho in the 112th Congress. Both dentists are Republicans and will be in the House majority when the next Congress convenes. Rep. Simpson will be one of two dentists in the 111th Congress when it convenes the upcoming “lame-duck” session under Democratic leadership. Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.) is retiring at the end of this Congress.

Dr. Gosar announced his intent to challenge the incumbent Democrat at the 2009 ADA Washington Leadership Conference. He was vice chair of the ADA council at the time he told the nation’s dental leaders he would make this first, and ultimately successful, run for public office, publicly launching his campaign five months later.

Dr. Gist, who is now the ADA president, extended an invitation to Dr. Gosar to return to the May 9-11, 2011 Washington Leadership as the opening keynote speaker.

“We are certain that you and your family are thrilled by your well-deserved victory,” Dr. Gist wrote. “And the ADA is equally excited to have played a role in that victory. We hope the victories continue for many years to come.”