Council 2 Representative, St. Louis County, Missouri
Previously MO State Representative, District 82, 2003-2008
Anesthesiology and Pain Management
St. John’s Mercy Medical Center 1997 – present
What other leadership positions have you held (AMA, Specialties, PACs)? When?
AMA Council on Legislation 1995 – 1997
Delegate to AMA MSS HOD, AMA RPS HOD, & AMA YPS HOD 1989-2000
Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists President, 2001-2002
American Society of Anesthesiologist Government Affairs Committee 1996 – 2000.
Which Program (Campaign School/Candidate Workshop) did you attend?
1992 – Beginning Campaign School
1994 – Advanced Campaign School
2002 – Candidate Workshop
Have you run for public office? What was the result?
1999 – Creve Coeur City Council – won
2001 – Re-elected Creve Coeur City Council
2002 – Missouri House of Representatives – 82nd District – won
2004 – Re-elected Missouri House of Representatives
2006 – Re-elected Missouri House of Representatives
2008 – Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor – lost a General election
2009 – Candidate for Missouri State Senate – 24th District – lost Primary Election
Have the programs helped in your political careers? How?
Yes. The AMPAC Campaign School does an outstanding job of recreating the intense time and production environment of a political campaign. The attention to detail is directly transferable to a Legislative race.
Have the programs helped in your medical/advocacy careers? How?
I won my first primary election for State Representative by 28 votes. The detail management taught in the Campaign Schools made the difference for me.
What was the most important thing you learned from AMPAC programs?
Group dynamics can end a campaign faster than anything an opponent can do. Sometimes a campaign is about who makes the fewest mistakes. Campaign staff have to function as a team.
What would you say to members of the medical community thinking about becoming involved in politics?
It is critical for doctors to become actively involved in politics. Physicians make great elected and appointed officials. Our ability to care for our patients depend a great deal on decisions made in state and federal government.