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An Important Message from PA PAC Chair
Dear Fellow PAs and PA Students,
It has been my privilege to serve as Chair of the PA Political Action Committee (PA PAC) Board of Trustees during the 2012 elections. I am very pleased to announce that we were able to help elect 42 pro-PA candidates to the U.S. Congress. Read the 2012 PA PAC Annual Report. As Chair of the PA PAC, I promise to keep your best interest at heart as we continue to build relationships with new and longstanding members of Congress.
The 113th Congress is now officially in session and there are 75 new members in both the House and the Senate, many of who have little to no political experience. This provides the PA PAC with a wonderful opportunity to meet and build relationships with many of these new members of Congress, at the most important time in their political career.
The PA PAC is proud to contribute to federal candidates — from all parties — who support and promote the principles of the PA profession and who champion policies that improve the healthcare environment for physician-PA teams and their patients. Our purpose is to build upon these relationships and educate candidates about the PA profession.
Currently, the PA PAC is one of the smallest healthcare PACs in the nation. In order to be more visible on Capitol Hill and to establish relationships with the new members of the 113th Congress, AAPA needs a stronger PAC to help us be successful.
Please take a few minutes to browse our website and learn more about the PA PAC and give a donation today. It doesn't take a lot of time or money to make a big impact.
Trisha Michelle Harris-Odimgbe, PA-C
Chair, PA Political Action Committee
To allow the individual physician assistant to share in the opportunity to support federal candidates who have demonstrated their belief and understanding of the principles to which the profession is dedicated.
Taking the lead to advance healthcare delivery through contributions to the federal electoral process.
AAPA's Political Action Committee provides a means for PAs to participate in the political process on a national level. The PA PAC supports candidates who are committed to the principles that drive the PA profession. By providing this support, the PAC helps develop strong congressional advocates for the PA profession and helps ensure that those advocates can continue working to promote the interests of physician-PA team practice and patients for many years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are PA PAC funds used?
Contributions from the PA PAC support the primary and general election campaign efforts of candidates for the U.S. Congress who support and promote the principles of the PA profession and who advocate for policies that improve the healthcare environment for physician-PA teams and their patients. The PA PAC does not contribute to presidential candidates.
What kinds of candidates receive support from the PA PAC?
The PA PAC supports both Republican and Democratic candidates who have a proven record of supporting and promoting AAPA's legislative priorities.
Special consideration is given to candidates who have worked closely with PAs in the past (for example, by sponsoring key legislation) and to candidates who hold positions on congressional committees that directly impact AAPA's legislative goals.
The PA PAC may only make contributions to candidates seeking federal elective office. It cannot support state or local candidates.
Who is on the PA PAC Board of Trustees?
- Trisha Michelle Harris-Odimgbe, PA-C, chair (Houston, Texas)
- Brian M. Gallagher, PA-C, chair-elect (Essexville, Mich.)
- Scott Frischknecht, PA-C, immediate past chair (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Drew Morten, PA-C, trustee (Southbury, Conn.)
- Jennifer L. Dorn, MPA, AAPA CEO, treasurer
- James Potter, CAE, AAPA senior vice president for advocacy and stakeholder relations, assistant treasurer
Who can contribute to the PA PAC?
Individual members of AAPA, as well as AAPA employees, may contribute to the PA PAC. Federal law prohibits the PAC from accepting donations from other sources.
For more information please contact:
Jennifer Teters, director, congressional and political advocacy