by the numbers

Congressional House and Senate Members-elect*

All politics is personal, and nothing is more personal than health care. A member’s view of health care policy is informed by their gender, ethnicity and personal and family health history. Their profession, such as service in the military, as a licensed health care professional or working within the health care industry can also contribute to how they may approach specific health care policy issues. We’ve indexed some of the largest and most influential categories to make it easy to find members who fit within these segments—and we pulled out a few fun facts for your next Zoom virtual happy hour, too!



Men: 42
Women: 29
Republican: 50
Democrat: 21
No college degree: 4


Possesses a J.D.: 9


Went to an Ivy League school: 10



Caucasian/White: 51
Non-White: 21
Biracial Members-elect: 2
African American/Black Members-elect: 8


Asian/Pacific Islander Members-elect: 4
Hispanic/Latinx Members-elect: 8
Native American Member-Elect: 1



Is a business founder/owner: 27
Founded a nonprofit: 7
Has government experience: 51
No government experience: 18



Military service: 16



Tested positive for COVID-19: 8
Licensed health care professional: 7



Cancer connections: 14
    • Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), father passed away from cancer

    • Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), both Kelly and his twin brother are prostate cancer survivors

    • Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), father passed away from lung cancer

    • Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), Auchincloss’s mother is CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    • Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX), Fallon has been a champion of pediatric cancer research and treatments, advocating and fundraising for the cause both personally and professionally

    • Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Jones’s grandfather passed away from cancer

    • Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM), breast cancer survivor; Leger Fernandez often wears a butterfly necklace in remembrance of her sister and mother, who both passed away from lung cancer

    • Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), Letlow’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer

    • Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL), Moore’s sister-in-law has been diagnosed with breast cancer

    • Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT), was the area chairman for the American Cancer Society in high school

    • Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), prostate cancer survivor

    • Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), both Rosendale’s brother and sister have passed away from cancer

    • Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Spartz’s father was a victim of the Chernobyl nuclear accident’s fallout, dying from stage four cancer at age 41

    • Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA), previously worked at the American Cancer Society



Other health care professional or significant charity connection: 9
    • Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), serves on the Los Angeles Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association

    • Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL), founded and managed several companies that produce and distribute medical equipment, as well as several specialty pharmacies

    • Rep. Scott Franklin (R-FL), former CEO and Managing Partner at an insurance company

    • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), CrossFit gym owner

    • Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), medical reporter, March of Dimes board member

    • Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI), founded and served as president for a drug court charity

    • Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL), served as a health care consultant and managed DocBerry International, LLC, where he “focused primarily on qualifying regional distributors for clients in the health care industry.”

    • Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA), board member for CalOptima

    • Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA), worked for the American Cancer Society

    • Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA), former Vice President of Planned Parenthood Southeast



*HPP does not include profiles of Darrell Issa (R-CA), Pete Sessions (R-TX) or David Valadao (R-CA),who previously served in Congress, but they are included in the By The Numbers analysis. We are still awaiting results from NY-22.

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