Member dentists elected to Congress
November 07, 2018
— Voters elected five ADA members to Congress Nov. 6.
Dr. Van Drew
Dr. Jeff Van Drew of Pleasantville, New Jersey, was newly elected to represent New Jersey's 2nd congressional district as a Democrat. He will join incumbent Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho 2nd; Paul Gosar, R-Arizona 4th; Brian Babin, R-Texas 36th; and Drew Ferguson, R-Georgia 3rd; when the 116th Congress convenes in January.
During his victory speech
, which was broadcast on Facebook Live
, Dr. Van Drew thanked supporters and expressed desire for passing a resolution requiring legislators to "behave like normal human beings."
"Leadership means that you work together. We have to be bipartisan," Dr. Van Drew said. "We have to work together for the greater good. We are Americans before we are anything else."
Dr. Simpson was elected to his 11th term in Congress with 60 percent of his district's votes. For his fifth term, Dr. Gosar received 69 percent of the vote. Dr. Babin received 72 percent of the votes for his third term and Dr. Ferguson received 66 percent for his second term. Dr. Van Drew received 52 percent of the vote.
"It is a terrific honor to be elected to a third term representing the good people of the 36th Congressional District of Texas," Dr. Babin said. "We will face significant challenges over the next two years and beyond, but I will continue placing the interests of the people of our district first as I work for them in Washington."
"I take my responsibility as a congressman seriously and as a high honor," tweeted Dr. Gosar.
The American Dental Political Action Committee supported the campaigns of the five candidates, all general dentists. During the 2018 election cycle, ADPAC spent $1.97 million in supporting 390 candidates running for federal office.
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