Role: Republican, elected to fifth term.
Inspiration: I’m from a family of DOs, MDs, and dentists who were very politically active, so I grew up around state and federal elected officials who convinced me 40 years ago to someday run for office. After many years at the grassroots level as a Republican precinct chairman and county chairman, I ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives nine years ago and have been serving ever since.
Legislative priorities: I authored legislation opposing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act in Oklahoma. As a family physician who has delivered more than 2,000 babies, I’ve also authored several women’s health bills, including one that would require women with dense breasts to be notified and advised to have a diagnostic mammogram for early detection. I’m also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and will continue to advocate for our citizens’ gun rights.
Advice: I advise DOs and osteopathic medical students to get involved at the grassroots level to support candidates who believe in the free market of medicine. Run for office to fight the onslaught of government regulation and overreach.