Richard Briggs, MD

Member of the Tennessee State Senate, District 7 (2014-)

Biographical Info (hometown, experience, specialty):
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Knoxville, Tennessee

What other leadership positions have you held (AMA, Specialties, PACs)? When?
President-Knoxville Academy of Medicine, Tennessee Medical Association Board of Trustees, Board of County Commissioners – Knox County Tennessee.

Which Program (Campaign School/Candidate Workshop) did you attend? Do you remember which year?
Candidate Workshop Feb. 2013.

Have you run for public office? What was the result?
2008 Knox County Commission, Knox County Tennessee – won
2014 Tennessee State Senate, District 7 – won

Why did you decide to take part in the AMPAC program?
To learn how to run for a state legislative office (state senate).

Have the programs helped in your political/advocacy career? How?
Absolutely – I used the course as a model for my successful state senate campaign.

What was the most beneficial component of the AMPAC program for you?
The detailed materials and the professional consultants.

Do you have any words of wisdom for other physicians or spouses who are considering a run for office or actively campaigning for a medicine-friendly candidate?
Obtain assistance from politically active people and professionals and then just “do it”.