On March 27, 2019, the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) hosted its 22nd annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner with the theme “Celebrating the Spirit of Citizenship” at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Former Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey, now senior advisor at the District Policy Group, a bipartisan government affairs group housed within law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, attended with his guests Mark Beckstrom, VP and Director of Government Relations at Ochsner Health System and Dr. Phil Oravetz, MD, MPH, MBA Chief Population Health Officer of Ochsner Health System.
The Statesmanship Awards are given each year to Democratic and Republican current or former members of Congress, to recognize commitment to improving the lives of others. This year, the award honored Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for work in safeguarding the integrity of American voting systems and preventing hostile powers from using social media to interfere in U.S. elections. Senators Burr and Klobuchar showed tremendous leadership, on a bipartisan basis, for co-sponsoring the Secure Elections Act, introduced in the Senate on Dec. 27, 2017. Both senators are also highly bipartisan; more than 40 of the bills sponsored by Senators Klobuchar or Burr featured a co-sponsor from the opposition party.
About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System has been providing high-quality clinical and hospital patient care to Louisiana residents since 1942. Its healthcare family—today, comprising more than 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties—is driven by its commitment to its mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate; and that passion is shared with every person who passes through Ochsner’s doors.
With more than 600 former U.S. senators and representatives in its membership, FMC utilizes the expertise and experience of its bipartisan membership for domestic and international programs, all performed by former members of Congress on a pro bono basis. FMC’s main domestic project, the Congress to Campus Program, teaches about America’s representative democracy and encourages the next generation of public servants. International projects include four Congressional Study Groups that connect current members of Congress with their peers in the legislative branches of Germany, Japan, South Korea and the European Union.
From left to right: Mark Beckstrom, VP and Director of Government Relations of Ochsner Health System; Former Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey of the District Policy Group; Dr. Phil Oravetz, MD, MPH, MBA Chief Population Health Officer of Ochsner Health System; and Brad Knox, SVP and Counsel, Federal Relations, for Aflac.
From left to right: Dr. Phil Oravetz, MD, MPH, MBA Chief Population Health Officer of Ochsner Health System System Former Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey of the District Policy Group; and Mark Beckstrom, VP and Director of Government Relations of Ochsner Health System.