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 2022 midterm elections are on the horizon and there’s a lot at stake
for our legislative advocacy. All ten of the state’s congressional seats
and more than 100 state legislative seats are on the ballot in November.
Several prominent legislators have recently announced their retirement,
including Rep. Eileen Cody, the longtime Chair of the House Health Care &
Wellness committee. Our work in the coming election cycle will help shape
the health policy landscape in Olympia in the 2023 session and beyond, but
to be successful, we’ll need to continue to grow WAMPAC’s presence and
ensure the voice of physicians is heard loud and clear by political
Your investment will help WAMPAC during this unique election cycle and
give us the resources we need to advocate on your behalf.
Your support matters. We’ve seen significant fiscal and policy “wins” for
the house of medicine in Olympia in recent years, some of which are
detailed below. Maintaining this momentum will require continued support
from the physician community.
As a physician or health care leader who cares about advocacy, would you
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)
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
Bridget Bush, MD
Amish Dave, MD
Loren Ihle, MD
Dino Ramzi, MD
John Scott, MD
Hart Edmonson, medical student