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ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day

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April 14-16, 2019
The Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Over 1100 dentists and dental students from across the country visited the nation’s capital to advocate for their patients, profession and their practice. At the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day, attendees heard from political analysts, subject matter experts and politically involved dentists on issues that affect oral health in the United States.

Lobby Day Issue Review

New for this year in addition to our calls we are providing a recorded issue review that goes over all of the issues in detail, as well as covers some frequently asked questions about the issues and Lobby Day. Please click the link to download this review, you will also find a link to the Lobby Day issue sheets so you can follow along.

Issue Review Recording

Lobby Day Issue Sheets

Lobby Day Agenda

2019 Draft Agenda

Keynote Speakers

Senator Kelly Ayotte headshot

Sen. Kelly Ayotte 

US. Senator (2011-2017); Attorney General of New Hampshire (2004-2009)

Kelly Ayotte was elected to the Senate in 2010, where she was ranked as one of the most bipartisan senators working across party lines to find solutions to our nation’s biggest challenges. During her tenure in the Senate (2011–2017), Ayotte chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. She also served on the Senate Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Aging Committees.

Having seen the effects of heroin and opiate addiction in New Hampshire and across the country, Senator Ayotte took a lead role in passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a national response to improve prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts to stem the tide of addiction.

Ayotte graduated with honors in 1990 from Pennsylvania State University and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from Villanova University School of Law. She is married to Joseph Daley, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, who flew combat missions in Iraq. They live in Nashua, New Hampshire, with their two children, Katherine and Jacob.

Patti Solis Doyle headshot

Patti Solis Doyle

Political Commentator, CNN

Patti Solis Doyle is a nationally recognized political organizer, campaign strategist and CNN political commentator. She speaks regularly on the rise of women and minorities in politics, presidential campaigns and issues affecting Hispanic Americans.

She began her career working on Richard Daley’s campaign for mayor of Chicago and later worked at Chicago City Hall. In 1991, she was among the first to join then-Governor Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. She served as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton throughout that campaign and two terms in the White House. In 2000, Solis Doyle served as chief of staff to Clinton’s first Senate campaign. She later managed Senator Clinton’s political operations, PAC and 2006 re-election campaign. As campaign manager of Clinton’s presidential bid, Solis Doyle was the first Hispanic woman to lead a presidential campaign. During the 2008 general election, Solis Doyle joined the Obama for America campaign as chief of staff for vice presidential operations. She later managed day-to-day operations for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. During the 2012 presidential election, Solis Doyle served as an advisor to the Obama-Biden campaign.

Solis Doyle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Northwestern University. She currently resides in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.

Featured Speaker

 Rear Admiral Timothy Ricks Head shotRear Admiral Timothy Ricks

Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service 

Rear Admiral (Upper) Timothy Ricks currently serves as the Chief Dental Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as well as Assistant Surgeon General. In this role, RADM Ricks oversees dentists serving in various federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Indian Health Service, National Institute of Dental and Cranio-facial Research, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also serves as the Surgeon General’s spokesperson on oral health and interacts with chief dental officers from other countries, with military dental officers, with dental organizations, with state oral health programs, and much more. He is currently leading the development of the second-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health

Dr. Ricks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University, a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and received his dental degree from the University of Mississippi. He completed a dental public health residency with the Indian Health Service and is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. 

Lobby Day Issues

McCarran-Ferguson Reform for Health Insurance

During Lobby Day we will be lobbying Congress to support amending the McCarran-Ferguson Act to empower the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice to enforce the full range of federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct, by supporting S.350 in the Senate and H.R.1418 in the House.

McCarran-Ferguson Issue Sheet

Student Loan Programs and the Higher Education Act

The Higher Education Act is several years overdue for reauthorization, therefore during Lobby Day we will be urging Congress to reauthorize the HEA and urge them to combat the exorbitant amounts of dental student debt.

Student Loan Issue Sheet

Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act - S. 560 / H.R. 1379

One in every 33 children in the United States is born with a congenital anomaly or birth defect that affects the way they look, develop or function. A number of these congenital anomalies include severe oral and facial defects such as cleft lip or palate, skeletal and maxillofacial deformities, hypodontia (absence of teeth), and enamel hypoplasia.  With this in mind we are urging Congress to support S. 560/H.R. 1379, the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA), and urge you to co-sponsor this important bipartisan bill. By doing so, you can ensure that children suffering from congenital anomalies and birth defects are able to receive the treatment they need. 

ELSA Issue Sheet

Lobby Day Documents

ADPAC Guide to DC


For more information on the Lobby Day, please contact Peter Aiello, Grassroots Manager, at or call 202.789.5168.