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Meet the Registered Nurses and Doctors sworn into 116th Congress

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Learn About Nurses Serving in the U.S. Congress

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA-33  Elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30   First Registered Nurse to serve in Congress sworn into office in 1993.

Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14)  Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.


The 17 doctors and nurses just elected to Congress (and why they matter)


Meet the three newly elected clinicians

Kim Schrier, a pediatrician. (D-Wash.) She ran for Congress due to Type 1 Diabetes, a pre-existing condition after a GOP health care bill was introduced last year that sought to scale back protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse and former adviser at HHS under former President Barack Obama's administration, who will be the first black woman to represent Illinois' 14th District; and

Jeff Van Drew, a dentist who will represent New Jersey's 2nd District.

Re-elected clinicians

There also are several medical professionals who will return to Congress next year. Below are the clinicians who were re-elected in the midterms:

Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), a physician and veterinarian;

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), a nurse;

Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), a physician and former chief medical officer foSacramento county;

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), an orthopedic surgeon;

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), a cardiothoracic surgeon and former president of Ohio Valley HeartCare;

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), an OB/GYN;

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), an optometrist;

Rep. Neal Dunn (R- Fla.), a urologist and founder of Panama City Urology Center;

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the former chief psychiatric nurse at the Dallas VA hospital;

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), a general medicine physician;

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), an OB/GYN and former chair of the board of Great Bend Regional Hospital;

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), an ED physician;

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a dentist; and

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, (R-Ohio), a podiatrist and trauma surgeon.



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herring_RN works as a retired registered nurse.

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I know Representative Karen Bass. We once worked at the same hospital. She was an LVN before becoming a physician's assistant (PA) and then an instructor in USC's PA program. 

She also worked with us in our struggle to finally achieve safe nurse-to-patient ratios in California. She is as personable as she seems. She one of those smart, hard working, and high energy leaders.

It is great to have Representative Underwood in congress now too.

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