- Forty-seven physicians — 41 Republicans and six Democrats— are running for the House or Senate this year, three times the number of doctors serving in Congress today.
- Physician candidates start with at least one political advantage: voter confidence. A Gallup Poll in March found 77% of Americans trust doctors to do "the right thing" on health policy, compared with 32% for Republican leaders and 49% for Obama.
- There are 16 doctors in Congress today, 3% of lawmakers.
Here are a few examples of current physician campaigns:
Dr. Nan Hayworth
Dr. Larry Bucshon
Dr. Ami Bera
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