What first prompted you to consider running for office?
Now going through one term I see that the freshmen class is making a difference. We have a special bond and it makes the work more enjoyable. I try to focus on legislation that avoids us from having unintended consequences.
How does your background help serve you on the Health Committee and also the Legislature?
I have a lot of physicians in my district. I also think my background in legal knowledge has helped.
What are some of your legislative priorities this term?
Several counties need more additional circuit judges.
What are some health-related issues important to your district and your constituents?
My district and Huntsville are one of the medical centers for the state of Alabama. The availability of medical staff is important. It’s also important to have incentives for physicians to go to rural Alabama.
What do you think people understand the least about our health care system?
If you could change anything about our state’s health care system, what would it be?
More physicians and a medical school in Huntsville.
How can the Medical Association – and physicians statewide – help you address Alabama’s health challenges?
Doing what you all do and reaching out to us in a logical non-emotional manner.
What is the one thing you would like to say to physicians in your district?
I am appreciative of the support I have received from so many of them via phone or contact by email. They are very personalized and informative.