is often hard to get everyone to agree in a country of over 325 million people,
however we all saw that voter turnout was at an all-time high for a mid-term
election, especially among women and young adults. The
House of Representatives will be led by the Democrats, the Senate will remain
under Republican control, and many races are still too close to call. The exact
margins are not certain at this time.
strides were made to increase the diversity in the Senate, the House, governors’
seats and state legislatures. Two Muslim
women won in Minnesota, two Native American women, and one Somali-American
woman are just a few of the over 100 women elected to Congress during this
mid-term. Women are the projected winners
of eight gubernatorial races across the United States, with three more races undecided in
Georgia, New Hampshire and Maine.
exit polls, voter diversity also broke records, showing the changing
racial and ethnic demographics of the country.
These exit polls revealed that health care, immigration and the economy
dominated voters’ minds as they went into the voting booths, with those
mentioning health care surpassing the immigration and the economy combined.
the Members of Congress who are dentists held their seats. Another dentist from
New Jersey has won an open seat. They
Mike Simpson, D.M.D., (R-ID-2), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee
will keep his seat. He is a second-generation dentist, having practiced in
Blackfoot with his father until he was elected to the state legislature. He
attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine.
Paul Gosar, D.D.S., (R-AZ-4), keeps his seat. He previously owned his own dental
practice and served as the president of the Arizona Dental Association. He
graduated from Boyne School of Dentistry at Creighton.
Drew Ferguson, D.M.D., (R-GA-3), will keep his seat. He served as Mayor of West Point, GA, where
he practiced dentistry for two decades before being elected to Congress. He
graduated from the Medical College of Georgia (now the Dental College of
Brian Babin, D.D.S., (R-TX-36), who practiced dentistry for several years in
Woodville, TX will also keep his seat. He graduated from the University of
Texas Dental School.
Van Drew, D.M.D., (D-NJ-2), a dentist and former state senator, is the winner of the
NJ race. He owns and operates Van Drew Dentistry in Pleasantville. He would be the only dentist serving as a
Democrat. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
House seats up for re-election
Senate elections including 2 special elections
state attorney general races
secretary of state races
150 major ballot initiatives
hundreds of state legislature races.
total of 157 ballot measures in 37 states were voted on, including a push for Medicaid
expansion. Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, and Utah all of which passed the measures,
which will expand coverage to low-income Americans in those states, including
dental care for children.
is still going through all the results and examining how they might impact
academic dentistry. A divided Congress may be a good thing, requiring Members of
both parties to work together to find solutions for health care access and
costs, rising student loan debt, the opioid epidemic, and immigration
reform. We will be busy introducing ADEA
to the new Members of Congress, and to continue working with the White House,
the administrative agencies to ensure that the voice of dental education is
heard and considered in policy discussions.
We will also keep you informed and provide information useful in
communicating with your state houses to ensure that academic dentistry, health
care access and a diverse health workforce remain a priority.