AUA Summit - Who We Support

Who We Support

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Sen. Marsha Blackburn has been a longtime supporter of various issues important to urology. While in the House, she was the original champion of the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act, and has championed medical liability reform via the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act. She now serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)

Senator Mike Braun is the junior senator from Indiana, a private business owner, and formerly served in the Indiana House of Representatives and as a member of the Jasper County School Board. He's a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction on U.S. health policy, and the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which oversees the development of health policy for seniors and Medicare.

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-TX-26)

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-TX-26)

Rep. Michael Burgess, MD is the Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction on the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act. Dr. Burgess has served as a physician leader in Congress since 2003, championing numerous issues such as repealing the fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD is a member of the Senate Finance and HELP Committees, both of which oversee health policy. Sen. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist before coming to Congress, has an extensive record of accomplishment in health care. He, along with other Senators, introduced the Stopping the Outrageous Practice (STOP) of Surprise Bills Act of 2019, aimed at addressing the issue of surprise medical billing. He also is interested in legislation to streamline the prior authorization process.

Rep. Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL-02)

Rep. Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL-02)

Rep. Neal Dunn, MD is one of two urologists currently serving in Congress. He serves on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is the ranking member on the VA Health Subcommittee, is one of four lead cosponsors on the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act, and is the lead sponsor of H.R. 6092, the Veteran’s Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Sen. Dick Durbin is the Minority Whip and serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He has been a major champion for biomedical research and continuously fights for increased research funding at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-MD-01)

Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-MD-01)

Rep. Andy Harris, MD is an anesthesiologist, longtime cosponsor of the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act, and serves on the House Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction on federal research funding programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-06

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-06)

Rep. Bill Johnson is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction on health care policy. He also is the co-chair of Congress’s bipartisan Telehealth Caucus. As such, he has championed legislation to expand patient access to and physician use of telehealth services, and has been one of the leading voices in ensuring that the telehealth services expanded by the COVID-19 pandemic become permanent.

 Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)

Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)

Sen. Doug Jones is the junior United States Senator from Alabama who won a 2017 special election for his seat following the resignation of Republican incumbent Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General. He serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is one of two committees in the Senate with jurisdiction on health care policy.

Rep. John Joyce, MD (R-PA-13)

Rep. John Joyce, MD (R-PA-13)

Rep. John Joyce, MD is a physician freshman member of Congress. Prior to taking office in 2019, Dr. Joyce served as a dermatologist for over 25 years in rural Pennsylvania. He has supported numerous issues during his brief time in office, including cosponsoring H.R. 3107 – legislation to streamline prior authorization in the Medicare Advantage program.

 Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16)

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16)

Rep. Mike Kelly is a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, one of the two committees in the House that has jurisdiction on health care policy. He also is one of the leading cosponsors of the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3107), a bill that would improve delivery of care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization in Medicare Advantage, while also providing much needed oversight and transparency of health insurance for America's seniors.

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL-02)

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL-02)

Rep. Robin Kelly is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust. She was the featured speaker at the 2019 Annual Urology Advocacy Summit Congressional Reception. Rep. Kelly is particularly focused on health care disparities in prostate cancer and other urologic conditions.

Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH-02)

Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH-02)

Rep. Ann Kuster is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which is one of two main committees that oversee health policy in the House. She strongly supports increasing federal biomedical research funding for the National Institutes of Health, addressing the physician workforce shortage, and continuing to expand access to telemedicine whenever possible.

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)

Rep. David McKinley is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, enthusiastically supports research funding for the National Institutes of Health, and has an interest in addressing the physician workforce shortage in rural America.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and co-chairs the Congressional Men's Health Caucus. He routinely supports access to PSA screening by, among other things, cosponsoring the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act.

Greg Murphy, MD (R-NC-03)

Rep. Greg Murphy, MD (R-NC-03)

Rep. Greg Murphy, MD is a urologist, AUA member, and won a special election in 2019 to fill the vacancy in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. He is a cosponsor of several key urology measures including the Veteran’s Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act (H.R. 6092).

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06)

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06)

Rep. Frank Pallone serves as the Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction on vital issues such as health care, health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, and biomedical research.

Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN-01)

Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN-01)

Rep. Phil Roe, MD, an OB/GYN by trade, has been a longtime champion of provider issues in Congress. He has supported issues such as repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate, the IPAB repeal bill, and is currently a lead cosponsor of the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act. Dr. Roe also is the ranking member of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee – working to ensure that all veterans get the access to treatment that they deserve.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA-36)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA-36)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD, an emergency room physician prior to being elected to Congress in 2012, serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Dr. Ruiz has been a champion on issues like repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board and increased funding for graduate medical education residency slots.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-02)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-02)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger represents the area where the AUA is headquartered in Linthicum, MD. He sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which oversees the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) that annually fund millions in various urologic research programs.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-01)

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-01)

Rep. Bobby Rush has served many years in the U.S. Congress. He is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and is on its Health Subcommittee. He has been the lead Democratic cosponsor on the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act for the last several years.

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)

Rep. Terri Sewell is a member of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health. Along with serving on one of the committees with jurisdiction on health policy, Congresswoman Sewell also is a cosponsor of the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act and legislation to address prior authorization (H.R. 3107).

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41)

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41)

Rep. Takano serves as Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction on a variety of important bills that improve patient care for the men and women that have served this nation in uniform. In particular, he has been a major champion for addressing disparities in health care and improving preventative care for our veterans.