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Member dentists elected to Congress

November 05, 2014

By Craig Palmer

photo of Dr. Babin

Dr. Babin

photo of Rep. Gosar
Rep. Gosar

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Rep. Simpson

— Voters elected three ADA member dentists to the 114th Congress Nov. 4, all with hefty margins of victory.

Dr. Brian Babin, newly elected to represent Texas' 36th congressional district, will join incumbent Reps. Paul Gosar, Arizona 4th, and Mike Simpson, Idaho 2nd, in the Republican majority in the House of Representatives when Congress convenes in January.

The American Dental Political Action Committee supported the campaigns of the three candidates, all general practice dentists. ADPAC participated in 302 of 435 House races.

In their congressional service to date, Reps. Gosar and Simpson have been advocates for oral health and have sponsored numerous oral health bills. Both offered re-election statements for the ADA News.

Rep. Gosar: "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my work in Congress, and I am happy to have Dr. Babin join me and Dr. Simpson. There may only be three dentists in Congress, but together we will make our presence known and take the fight to the floor. I will continue to work closely with the folks at the ADA as well as so many of the specialty groups or organizations, like the Academy of General Dentistry, who work with me every day to enhance oral health through good policy."

Rep. Simpson: "I truly enjoy being an advocate for dentists in Congress and look forward to continuing that work, along with Dr. Gosar and Dr. Babin, over the next two years. The ADA has been a great partner for us as we work through the many challenges facing our nation's health care system in general and dentistry specifically. I am grateful for the support the ADA and dentists have given me over the years and committed to being a strong voice for our profession for as long as I have the privilege of serving in Congress."

Dr. Babin, elected to an open seat, offered this election night statement for the ADA News.

"Tonight, the voters of East Texas sent a very loud and clear message to Washington, DC. They want our country back on the right path, and they want someone who will deliver on that promise. I'm honored they chose me to be their voice, and I pledge to fight every day to restore the conservative principles our great nation so desperately deserves.

"For the last six years, America's small businesses and job creators have been saddled with onerous taxes and mounting regulations under President Obama. As a dentist, and now as the congressman-elect from Texas' 36th congressional district, I'm going to be working vigorously to lower taxes and reduce regulation on small business. If it's good for small business, it's good for dentistry. As dentists, we are not only an integral part of America's economic engine, we are also a profession that is revered for providing exceptional service and care. As a member of Congress, I will see to it that we remain a vibrant and respected part of this nation's health care system."

Dr. Babin won 76 percent of the vote in his district, Dr. Gosar 70 percent and Dr. Simpson 62 percent.