WAMPAC (Washington Medical Political Action Committee) is the nonpartisan
political campaign arm of the WSMA, established to help identify and
support candidates for political office whose priorities align with the
house of medicine. In recent years, more than 95 percent of the candidates
we've supported have won their campaigns, and the relationships we built
on the campaign trail have helped translate to the kind of policy
victories that make a difference for physicians and patients.
The WSMA works on the federal level with AMPAC, the AMA's political action
committee. AMPAC supports medicine-friendly candidates across the country
who are seeking election to the U.S. Congress.
WSMA Director of Government Affairs Sean Graham recently sat down with Dr.
Schrier, a Democrat representing Washington state’s 8th Congressional
District, for a
video chat to discuss why having a doctor in office matters. (WSMA members only—sign-in required)
Your contribution—large or small—will help WAMPAC stay relevant and give
us the resources we need to advocate on your behalf.
It might surprise you to know where our PAC stands compared to other
entities in Olympia. Trial attorneys and the nurses' union each raise
about five times the amount raised by our PAC. Hospitals and dentists
easily raise double the size of our PAC. We need more financial clout to
guarantee that our message is heard and to ensure that our team is able to
strengthen the profession and improve patient care throughout Washington
As a physician or health care leader who cares about advocacy, would you
Want to know how your state legislators supported the house of medicine
before you decide whether to support them? WAMPAC can help.
One of the many ways WAMPAC brings value to WSMA members is providing
details on your legislators' track record on issues important to you and
your patients. Each year, WAMPAC publishes a "report card" showing how
legislators voted on WSMA's priority bills, included as part of the yearly
WSMA Legislative Report mailed to all members at the conclusion of the
state legislative session.
WAMPAC Legislator Report Card
(for the full Legislative Report, visit our
Legislative & Regulatory
If you have questions about the report card or other issues related to
elections, contact Sean Graham at
WAMPAC comprises physician and physician assistant members of the
WSMA. WSMA membership dues includes $25 for WAMPAC (members who
do not wish to contribute to WAMPAC can allocate their $25 to the
WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement or to the WSMA).
Elizabeth Peterson, MD - Chair
Katina Rue, DO - Vice Chair
Nicholas Rajacich, MD - Past Chair
Annie Iriye MD - Secretary-Treasurer
Anthony Quang, MD, JD - Assistant Secretary-Treasurer