The AVMA Governmental Relations Division is pleased to announce that its 2015-2016 congressional fellows have accepted positions on Capitol Hill, where over the course of a year they will use their scientific expertise and training in veterinary medicine to advise members of Congress on a variety of policy issues. Dr. Rachel Cumberbatch will serve in Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) office; Dr. Honorata “Kuki” Hansen in Rep. Sam Farr’s (D-Calif.) office; and Dr. Lauren Stump in Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) office.
Dr. Cumberbatch will be handling Senator Franken’s healthcare portfolio.
“As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, Senator Franken is actively involved on issues related to access to healthcare, health information technology, medical research and innovation,” Cumberbatch said. “Additionally, I look forward to supporting Senator Franken’s work on topics such as loan repayment, healthy housing and one health.”
Dr. Hansen will focus primarily on climate issues, endangered species, marine mammals and fisheries for Rep. Farr.
“As a veterinarian with an interest in One Health, especially in a marine context, I am very fortunate to be welcomed into Representative Farr’s office,” Hansen said. “Not only are they one of the most experienced offices on the Hill, but they have a long and successful history of working on Ocean Health policies.”
Dr. Stump will be working on energy and natural resources as well as endangered species, in Senator Flake’s office.
“Starting in the office of Senator Flake has been an exciting process and I am eager to delve into the issues while working on his Energy and Natural Resources portfolio.” explained Stump. “I am looking forward to learning as much as possible during my time on the Hill and the contributions I will make while I am here.”
AVMA fellowships are designed to help AVMA members serve on the front lines of government decision-making. Fellows also have the opportunity to network and meet government leaders and other veterinarians involved in public policy.
Learn more about the AVMA Fellowship Program at our website.