United States Congress
The 117th United States Congress in now in session. The U.S. House of Representatives leadership elections have been made. As a quick recap, the House is made up of 435 seats with the majority held by Democrats at 222 and minority held by Republicans at 211 with 2 open seats. The first day of session was dedicated to electing the speaker of the House, a position which presides over sessions and is the 2nd in line of presidential succession. All other leadership positions were elected in meetings prior to the start of a new Congress which convened on January 3, 2021. Leadership positions were largely re-elections.
In addition, the U.S. Senate leadership elections have been made. The January run-off election in Georgia, controversially changed the Senate landscape. The Senate is now comprised of 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats with 2 independents who caucus with the democratic party, making Vice President Harris the tie breaker on any split vote.
Congressional Committee Appointments will be highlighted in the Government and External Affairs February Newsletter. Committees of importance to UnityPoint Health include; House Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Senate Finance, Health Education Labor and Pensions.
Illinois has 18 U.S. House of Representatives and 2 U.S. Senators. UnityPoint Health service area delegates are as follows:
Iowa has 4 U.S. House of Representatives and 2 U.S. Senators. UnityPoint Health delegates are as follows:
District 1 – Ashley Hinson (R) (1st Term)
District 2 – Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) (1st Term – provisional)
District 3 – Rep. Cindy Axne (D) (2nd Term)
District 4 – Randy Feenstra (R) (1st Term)
Wisconsin has 18 U.S. House of Representatives and 2 U.S. Senators. UnityPoint Health service area races are as follows:
For more information about federal advocacy, legislative, policy and regulatory efforts, please contact Cathy Simmons, Executive Director UnityPoint Health Government & External Affairs or Stephanie Collingwood, Government & External Affairs Specialist.