POLICY BRIEFINGS


Health Professionals Serving in the 115th Congress


Once again, there will be several healthcare professionals serving in the 115th Congress. Below is a list of Members of Congress and their area of health care.

Bold text indicates a new Member of Congress.
*Rep. Price has been nominated to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services by President-Elect Trump, but will begin his term as a Member of the 115th Congress.


New Members of the 115th Congress


UNITED STATES SENATE

Kamala Harris (D-CA)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D, to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: San Francisco • BORN: Oct. 20, 1964; Oakland • RELIGION: Baptist • FAMILY: Husband, Douglas Emhoff • EDUCATION: Howard U., B.A. 1986 (economics); U. of Calif.-Hastings, J.D. 1989 • CAREER: County deputy district attorney • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: San Francisco city attorney, 1998-2003 and district attorney, 2004-11; Calif. attorney general, 2011-present.


Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
ELECTION: Defeated Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R • RESIDENCE: Hoffman Estates • BORN: Mar. 12, 1968; Bangkok, Thailand • RELIGION: Unspecified • FAMILY: Husband, Bryan Bowlsbey; one child • EDUCATION: U. of Hawaii, B.A. 1989; George Washington U., M.A. 1992; Capella U., Ph.D. 2015 • MILITARY: Army Reserve 1991-96; Ill. National Guard 1996- 2014 • CAREER: State veterans affairs dir. • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 2006; Veterans Affairs Dept. asst. sec., 2009-11; U.S. House, 2013-present.


Todd Young (R-IN)
ELECTION: Defeated Evan Bayh, D, to succeed Sen. Dan Coats, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Bloomington • BORN: Aug. 24, 1972; Lancaster, Pa. • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Wife, Jennifer; four children• EDUCATION: U.S. Naval Academy, 1995 B.S. (political science); U. of London, 2001 M.A. ; U. of Chicago, 2002 M.B.A.; Ind. U.-Indianapolis, 2006 J.D. • MILITARY: Marine Corps, 1995-2000 • CAREER: Lawyer; congressional aide; conservative think tank aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: U.S. House, 2011-present.


John Kennedy (R-LA)
ELECTION: Advanced to Dec. 10 runoff to succeed Sen. David Vitter, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Madisonville • BORN: Nov. 21, 1951; Centreville, Miss. • RELIGION: United Methodist • FAMILY: Wife, Becky; one child • EDUCATION: Vanderbilt U., B.A. 1973; U. of Va., J.D. 1977; Oxford U., B.C.L. 1979 • CAREER: Lawyer; gubernatorial and campaign aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: La. sec. of revenue and taxation, 1996-99; La. treasurer, 2000-present; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, 2004; Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, 2008.


Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
ELECTION: Defeated Kathy Szeliga, R, to succeed Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: Kensington • BORN: Jan. 10, 1959; Karachi, Pakistan • RELIGION: Episcopalian • FAMILY: Wife, Katherine Wilkens Van Hollen; three children • EDUCATION: Swarthmore Coll., B.A. 1983 (philosophy); Harvard U., M.P.P. 1985; Georgetown U., J.D. 1990 • CAREER: Lawyer; gubernatorial and congressional aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Md. House, 1991-95; Md. Senate, 1995-2003; U.S. House, 2003-present.


Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
ELECTION: Defeated Rep. Joe Heck, R, to succeed Sen. Harry Reid, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: Las Vegas • BORN: Mar. 29, 1964; Las Vegas • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Husband, Paul Masto • EDUCATION: U. of Nev., B.A. 1986 (finance); Gonzaga U., J.D. 1990 • CAREER: State college system vice chancellor; lawyer; federal prosecutor; county assistant manager; gubernatorial aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Nev. attorney general, 2007-15.


Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
ELECTION: Opposed Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R • PRONOUNCED: HASS-in • RESIDENCE: Newfields • BORN: Feb. 27, 1958; Boston, Mass. • RELIGION: United Church of Christ • FAMILY: Husband, Thomas; two children• EDUCATION: Brown U., A.B. 1980 (history); Northeastern U., J.D. 1985 • CAREER: Lawyer; state public information officer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Democratic nominee for N.H. Senate, 2002; N.H. Senate, 2005-10 (maj. leader, 2008-10); governor, 2013-present.



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