AUA Summit - Who We Support

Who We Support

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31)

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31)

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31) is vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus and serves on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees our nation’s federally funded research programs. He is supportive of legislation that would expand access to care by adding additional graduate medical education training slots (H.R. 2256, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act), as well as legislation to reduce regulatory burdens on physicians (H.R. 3173, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act).

Rep. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA-07)

Rep. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA-07)

Rep. Ami Bera, MD is a primary care physician and former Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County. He is one of three physicians in the House Democratic Caucus. Rep. Bera is a champion for the physician community on Capitol Hill through leading efforts to stopping any impending Medicare payment cuts finalized in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule and reforming the physician reimbursement system overall.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12)

Rep. Gus Bilirakis is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee Veterans' Affairs Task Force. As such, he is an ardent supporter of increasing access to quality healthcare, as well as protecting Veterans’ benefits and clinical care whenever possible.

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)

Rep. Brownley is a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee where she also serves as the Chair of the Health Subcommittee. She is a cosponsor of numerous key pieces of legislation including the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173), the Safe Step Act (H.R. 2163), and the Diverse Trials Act (H.R. 5030). She has also been a staunch advocate for increasing research funding, particularly for bladder cancer within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16)

Rep. Vern Buchanan serves on the House Ways & Means Committee and is currently the Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee. He is also a cosponsor of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) that would establish an electronic prior authorization program for Medicare Advantage plans.

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN-08)

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN-08)

Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon before coming to Congress, currently serves as a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health. He is the Republican lead on the AUA-supported Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening for High-risk Insured Men Act (PSA Screening for HIM Act – H.R. 1176), which would allow for PSA testing for African-American men and those with a family history without cost-sharing.

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

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

Rep. Michael Burgess, MD is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health and is the longest serving physician currently in Congress. During his time in Congress, Rep. Burgess has guided efforts to repeal the fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate physician payment system and reduce the regulatory burdens that can cause delays in care. He is a cosponsor of numerous key pieces of legislation including the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) and the Safe Step Act (H.R. 2163).

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD is a member of the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, both of which oversee health policy. Sen. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist before coming to Congress, has an extensive record of accomplishment in healthcare. He has led many of the Senate’s efforts to protect health care providers during this pandemic, including supporting telehealth expansion through the CONNECT Act.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro serves as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees our nation’s investment in biomedical research at agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Prostate Cancer Research Program and Kidney Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA-01)

Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA-01)

Rep. Susan DelBene is vice-chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, which is one of two committees in the House with jurisdiction on healthcare. She also is co-chair of the Congressional Kidney Caucus. During this 117th Congress, Rep. DelBene is the sponsor of H.R. 3173, the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2021. This important legislation would improve care delivery by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization for Medicare Advantage participants. She also is a staunch supporter of expanding telehealth services and increasing funding for medical research programs.

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 Energy & Commerce Committee, which has primary jurisdiction on many of our nation’s healthcare policies. He continues to serve as the lead sponsor of the Veterans’ Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act (H.R. 4880) and has previously championed other key measures such as the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act.

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18)

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18)

Rep. Anna Eshoo was first elected to Congress in 1992, and, since that time, she has authored dozens of health-related pieces of legislation that have been enacted into law. The congresswoman currently serves as the Chair of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has particular jurisdiction on critical healthcare workforce issues and other areas of interest to the physician community.

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA-03)

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA-03)

Rep. Dwight Evans is a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, which is one of two main committees that oversee health policy in the House. He has a longstanding interest in protecting healthcare and reducing health disparities, as well as supporting expanded access to telemedicine whenever possible.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02)

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02)

Rep. Brett Guthrie serves as Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction on a variety of important measures including AUA-championed legislation such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Transparency and Accountability Act and the specialty physician student loan forgiveness bill (H.R. 944). Throughout his tenure in Congress, the congressman has supported initiatives that improve the physician-patient relationship and reduce the burdens to medical care around the country. Just one example is the role he played in sponsoring key urotrauma legislation that was enacted as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Sen. Hassan serves on the Senate Finance, Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees. She is a cosponsor of several key health policy bills including the CONNECT for Health Act of 2021 (S. 1215) that would permanently expand telehealth services, and the Safe Step Act (S. 464) that requires group health plans to establish an exception to medication step-therapy protocol in specified cases.

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26)

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26)

Rep. Brian Higgins serves on the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health, which oversees the financing of critical health programs such as Medicare. He is a cosponsor of numerous key pieces of legislation including the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173), the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R. 2256), and the Diverse Trials Act (H.R. 5030).

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

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

Rep. John Joyce, MD is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health. 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 time in office, including cosponsoring H.R. 3173 – 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. 3173), 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. Ann Kuster (D-NH-02)

Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH-02)

Rep. Kuster is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which is one of two committees in the lower chamber that oversees health policy. Rep. Kuster has been a champion for many issues relevant to urology, including increased Graduate Medical Education funding, prior authorization reform, and telehealth expansion.

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)

Rep. David McKinley is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and has an ongoing interest in addressing the physician workforce shortage – particularly in rural America. He also enthusiastically supports ongoing medical research funding initiatives at agencies such as the National Institutes of Health.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD (R-IA-02)

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD (R-IA-02)

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD is a former ophthalmologist that sits on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and also is a member of the House GOP Doctors Caucus. She was one of the first lawmakers to cosponsor the Veterans’ Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act (H.R. 4880) during the 117th Congress. In addition, during her brief time in office, the congresswoman has shown a strong commitment towards tackling utilization management tools that impede access to care and medical research – such as step therapy protocols.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Sen. Jerry Moran is the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and has recently been appointed to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is one of two committees that oversee health policy in the U.S. Senate. He is a champion for improving the quality of care for the men and women that have served this nation in uniform. The senator also understands the importance of funding biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a longstanding member of the Senate NIH Caucus.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02)

Rep. Mullin is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which is one of two committees in the lower chamber that has jurisdiction over health policy. He strongly supports several critical health issues relevant to the AUA, including reforming prior authorization, expanding telehealth, and easing the specialty physician workforce shortage through co-sponsorship of H.R. 944.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction on key public health matters under consideration by the U.S. Senate. She is a strong supporter of reducing practice burdens for the physician community and increasing patient access. Sen. Murkowski is the primary sponsor of the Safe Step Act and cosponsor of the CONNECT for Health Act.

Greg Murphy, MD (R-NC-03)

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

Rep. Greg Murphy, MD is a urologist, AUA member, and serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. He is an original cosponsor of the Veterans’ Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act (H.R. 4880). In addition, he is a supporter of the Safe Step Act (H.R. 2163), which safeguards step-therapy protocol for patients in specified cases.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Sen. Patty Murray serves as Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction over several key health policy issues, including pandemic preparedness and telehealth expansion. She also holds the role of Assistant Democratic Leader within the Senate majority and serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. Murray served as the first female Chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee during the 112th Congress and served as the first female Chair of the Senate Budget Committee during the 113th Congress.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

Sen. Jacky Rosen serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction on key public health matters under consideration by the U.S. Congress. She launched the Bipartisan Comprehensive Care Caucus that is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting the benefits of palliative care. The senator also has been supportive of addressing ongoing physician workforce shortages by, among other things, cosponsoring the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act that would add thousands of new graduate medical education training slots.

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. Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-07)

Rep. Sewell serves on the House Ways & Means Committee and is a member of the Health Subcommittee. She has cosponsored several important pieces of legislation including the CONNECT for Health Act (H.R. 2903) to expand telehealth services, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) to establish an electronic prior authorization program for Medicare Advantage plans, and she is the lead sponsor of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R. 2256) to expand GME training slots.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Sen. Brian Schatz is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which oversees the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) that annually fund millions in various urologic research programs. He also co-chairs the Congressional Telehealth Caucus and is an ardent supporter of expanding telehealth services following the expiration of the public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA-08)

Rep. Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA-08)

Rep. Kim Schrier, MD is the first pediatrician to serve in the U.S. Congress and one of three physicians in the House Democratic Caucus. She serves on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction on health care workforce issues, including H.R. 944 that establishes a loan repayment program to encourage specialty physicians to serve in rural communities experiencing specialty physician shortages. She also is a cosponsor of H.R. 2256, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, which is a bill that expands graduate medical education training and funding.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)

Sen. Tim Scott is a member of the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, both of which oversee health policy. He is a champion for reducing barriers to clinical trials and increasing access to quality healthcare. Sen. Scott is an original cosponsor of the DIVERSE Trials Act (S. 2706) and cosponsor of the Safe Step Act (S. 464).

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05)

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05)

Rep. Thompson serves on the House Ways & Means Committee and is a member of the Health Subcommittee. He serves as the lead sponsor of the CONNECT for Health Act (H.R. 2903) to extend certain telehealth authorities, he is a cosponsor of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R. 2256) to expand GME training slots, and is a cosponsor of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) to establish an electronic prior authorization program for Medicare Advantage plans.

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY-20)

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY-20)

Rep. Paul Tonko is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over several critical health issues, such as addressing the current state of the physician workforce. He strongly supports easing the specialty physician workforce shortage through co-sponsorship of both the Specialty Loan Repayment Bill (H.R. 944) and the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R. 2256).

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large)

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large)

Rep. Peter Welch is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, which is one of two committees in the lower chamber that has jurisdiction on health policy. He is an original cosponsor of the Protecting Access to Post-COVID–19 Telehealth Act and champions physician workforce shortage legislation during this 117th Congress.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, MD(R-OH-02)

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, MD(R-OH-02)

Rep. Wenstrup serves on the House Ways & Means Committee and is a member of the Health Subcommittee. He also serves as Co-Chair of the GOP Doc Caucus. During his time in Congress, Rep. Wenstrup has been a great advocate for provider issues, and is currently a cosponsor of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173). He also is the Republican co-lead of the Safe Step Act (H.R. 2163) that would require group health plans to establish an exception to medication step-therapy protocol in specified cases.