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AMPAC Holds 2016 Campaign School

A tight race in a swing district was once again the backdrop for AMPAC’s annual Campaign School on April 13-17 in Arlington, VA. 27 participants from 15 states (AR, CA, CT, DC, GA, HI, IA, IN, MA, NE, NY, OH, OK, PA, VA) worked on the Congressional “campaigns” of either a Democrat or Republican. The participants included 21 physicians, 3 medical students and 3 spouses.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY) addresses the 2016 AMPAC Campaign School

U.S. Senator John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY) addresses the 2016 AMPAC Campaign School

The program opened with a talk from U.S. Senator (and AMPAC alumnus) John Barrasso, MD of Wyoming. Dr. Barrasso talked about his path to public service, starting with his weekly appearances on television 30 years ago that helped him become known as “Wyoming’s Doctor.” Reflecting on a half-decade in the state legislature followed by almost 10 years in the U.S. Senate, he recommended that aspiring physician officeholders sharpen their communicating skills, keeping in mind that they need to master the newest communication channels. Dr. Barrasso reminded the participants that more doctors are needed in public office, but that campaigns require careful planning and a willingness to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. He noted that plenty of candidates with great campaign plans still lose elections, but no candidate ever got elected without a great plan. (more…)

Upcoming Events

AMPAC to host Candidate Workshop on February 17-19 in Washington, DC

Ever wonder how Doctors get elected to Congress or your state legislature? Considering a run for office for yourself? The AMPAC Candidate Workshop will teach you how to run a winning political campaign, just like we taught many of your AMA colleagues over the years. The Candidate Workshop is designed to help you make the leap from the exam room to the campaign trail and give you the skills and strategic approach you will need to make a run for MORE