ANA Congratulates Nurse Champions Elected to Congress (11/6/14)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 6, 2014

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Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198 
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Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034 
adam.sachs@ana.org

ANA Congratulates Nurse Champions Elected to Congress

SILVER SPRING, MD –The American Nurses Association (ANA) congratulates the candidates elected in the 2014 midterm election who have proven to be advocates for a stronger health care system and improved patient care. Based on race outcomes to date, 85 percent of ANA Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) endorsed candidates will be serving in the 114th Congress when it convenes in January 2015. “These newly elected lawmakers support health care policies that ANA champions and recognize the important role nurses play in transforming the American health care system,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

ANA-PAC-endorsed candidates elected to the U.S. House of Representatives include incumbents Greg Walden (R-OR-2), David Joyce (R-OH-14), Richard Hanna (R-NY-22), Jim McDermott (D-WA-07), Lois Capps (D-CA-24), and newly elected Gwen Graham (D-FL-02) and Norma Torres (D-CA-35). There were also races won in the U.S. Senate by ANA-PAC candidates who have a strong background in promoting health care and nursing issues. They include Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Al Franken (D-MN), and Susan Collins (R-ME). Currently there are nineteen races where the outcome has yet to be determined. This includes five races with ANA-PAC-endorsed candidates.

ANA looks forward to working with lawmakers to affect positive change by advancing issues important to nurses, patients, and the broader community.

ANA-PAC finalized its full slate of endorsed congressional candidates in October. Endorsement decisions were based on candidate interviews, communication with ANA’s constituent and state nurses associations, campaign information, and the candidate’s voting record on ANA’s priority issues. For more information about ANA-PAC, click here.

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ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Please visit www.nursingworld.org for more information.

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