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Here are the results of the 2016 legislative elections, as of November 9, 2016.  As expected, chronic pain patients didn’t complete the mission needed to get their meds restored or their doctors respected. As those of us sitting on the government hot seat have stated, all legislators involved in the formation of the new laws such as CARA needed to be replaced so we could drive home the message that their attack on doctors and their patients has to stop. Instead, the election maintained the usual 98% return of incumbents.  Of the 462 positions up for re-election, only 10 incumbents were replaced.  There were an additional 45 positions where the incumbent didn’t run, so those are new legislators as well.

The new legislators are identified by the letter N (for new) in the Incumbent/New column. The race where the incumbent lost to a new legislator are colored in pink.

I recommend all physicians concerned about their future or the future of their colleagues and all chronic pain patients write letters to all of the new legislators.  I will share the letter I will write which people are free to modify and use. I would also request that other people that are good at writing share their letters. Then eventually expand out to involve all of the incumbent legislators as well.

To find out who your congressman/woman is, go to the website Find Your Representative.

2016 Senate Election Results

State Senate
Name Party Incumbent/New % votes
Alabama Richard Shelby R I 64.2
Alaska Lisa Murkowski R I 43.8
Arizona John McCain R I 53.1
Arkansas John Boozman R I 59.8
California Kamala Harris D N 62.6
Colorado Michael Bennet D I 48.9
Connecticut Richard Blumenthal D I 62.5
Florida Marco Rubio R I 52
Georgia Johnny Isakson R I 55
Hawaii Brian Schatz D I 73.6
Idaho Mike Crapo R I 66.1
Illinois Tammy Duckworth N 54.4
Indiana Todd Young R I 52.2
Iowa Chuck Grassley R I 60.2
Kansas Jerry Moran R I 62.4
Kentucky Rand Paul R I 57.3
Louisiana runoff
Maryland Chris Van Hollen Dem N 60.4
Missouri Roy Blunt R I 49.4
Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto Dem N 47.1
New Hampshire Maggie Hassan Dem N
New York Charles Schumer Dem I 70.4
North Carolina Richard Burr R I 51.1
North Dakota John Hoeven R I 78.6
Ohio Rob Portman R I 58.3
Oklahoma James Lankford R I 67.7
Oregon Ron Wyden D I 56.7
Pennsylvania Pat Toomey R I 48.9
South Carolina Tim Scot R I 61.2
South Dakota John Thune R I 71.8
Utah Mike Lee R I 67.4
Vermont Patrick Leahy D I 61.3
Washington Patty Murray D I 60.9
Wisconsin Ron Johnson R I 50.2

 

2016 House Election Results

State District Name Party Incumbent/New % vote
Alabama 1 Bradley Byrne R I unopposed
Alabama 2 Martha Roby R I 54.6
Alabama 3 Mike Rogers R I 67.1
Alabama 4 Robert Aderholt R I unopposed
Alabama 5 Mo Brooks R I 66.8
Alabama 6 Gary Palmer R I 74.8
Alabama 7 Terri Sewell D I unopposed
Alaska 1 Don Young R I 50.1
Arizona 1 Tom O’Halleran D N 51.6
Arizona 2 Martha McSally R I 56.7
Arizona 3 Raul Grijalva D I unopposed
Arizona 4 Paul Gosar R I 71.5
Arizona 5 Andy Biggs G N
Arizona 6 David Schweikert G I 61.5
Arizona 7 Ruben Gallego D I 74.5
Arizona 8 Trent Franks R I 68.5
Arizona 9 Kyrsten Sinema D I 61.3
Arkansas 1 Rick Crawford R I 76.5
Arkansas 2 French Hill R I 58.4
Arkansas 3 Steve Womack R I 77.3
Arkansas 4 Bruce Westerman R I 74.1
California 1 Doug La Malfa R I 58.9
California 2 Jared Huffman D I 76.5
California 3 John Garamendi D I 59.5
California 4 Tom McClintock R I 62.3
California 5 Mike Thompson D I 77
California 6 Doris Matsui D I 74.8
California 7 Ami Bera D I 50.6
California 8 Paul Cook R I 63.7
California 9 Jerry McNerney D I 57
California 10 Jeff Denham R I 52.4
California 11 Mark DeSaulnier D I 71.5
California 12 Nancy Pelosi D I 81.6
California 13 Barbara Lee D I 90.3
California 14 Jackie Speier D I 81
California 15 Eric Swalwell D I 73.3
California 16 Jim Costa D I 55.4
California 17 Ro Khanna D N 59.6
California 18 Anna Eshoo D I 71.8
California 19 Zoe Lofgren D I 73.6
California 20 Jimmy Panetta D N 70.5
California 21 David Valadao R I 58.6
California 22 Devin Nunes R I 68.5
California 23 Kevin McCarthy R I 70.6
California 24 Salud Carbajal D N 53.8
California 25 Steve Knight R I 54.3
California 26 Julia Brownley D I 59.5
California 27 Judy Chu D I 66.7
California 28 Adam Schifff D I 77.8
California 29 Tony Cardenas D I 75
California 30 Brad Sherman D I 72.5
California 31 Pete Aguilar D I 54.9
California 32 Grace Napolitano D I 62
California 33 Ted Lieu D I 66.3
California 34 Xavier Becerra D I 78.7
California 35 Norma Torres D I 71.5
California 36 Raul Ruiz D I 60.4
California 37 Karen Bass D I 82.1
California 38 Linda Sanchez D I 70
California 39 Ed Royce R I 58
California 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D I 71.9
California 41 Mark Takano D I 62.6
California 42 Ken Calvert R I 59.9
California 43 Maxine Waters D I 75.7
California 44 Nanette Barragan D N 51.2
California 45 Mimi Walters R I 59.5
California 46 Lou Correa D N 70.2
California 47 Alan Lowenthal D I 63
California 48 Dana Rohrabacher R I 58.8
California 49 Darrell Issa R I 51.1
California 50 Duncan Hunter R I 64.2
California 51 Juan Vargas D I 71.9
California 52 Scott Peters D I 56.6
California 53 Susan Davis D I 66.1
Colorado 1 Diana DeGette D I 68.2
Colorado 2 Jared Polis D I 57.1
Colorado 3 Scott Tipton R I 54.6
Colorado 4 Ken Buck R I 64.1
Colorado 5 Doug Lamborn R I 62.3
Colorado 6 Mike Coffman R I 51.5
Colorado 7 Ed Perlmutter D I 55.4
Connecticut 1 John Larson D I 63.8
Connecticut 2 Joe Courtney D I 63.1
Connecticut 3 Rosa DeLauro D I 68.3
Connecticut 4 Jim Himes D I 56.9
Connecticut 5 Elizabeth Esty D I 57.4
Delaware 1 Lisa Rochester D N 55.5
Florida 1 Matt Gaetz R N 69.1
Florida 2 Neal Dunn R N 67.4
Florida 3 Ted Yoho R I 56.6
Florida 4 John Rutherford R N 70.2
Florida 5 Al Lawson D N 64.2
Florida 6 Ron DeSantis R I 58.6
Florida 7 Stephanie Murphy D N 51.4
Florida 8 Bill Posey R I 63.1
Florida 9 Darren Soto D N 57.5
Florida 10 Val Demings D N 64.8
Florida 11 Daniel Webster R I 65.4
Florida 12 Gus Bilirakis R I 68.6
Florida 13 Charlie Crist D N 51.9
Florida 14 Kathy Castor D I 61.8
Florida 15 Dennis Ross R I 57.5
Florida 16 Vern Buchanan R I 59.8
Florida 17 Tom Rooney R I 61.8
Florida 18 Brian Mast R N 53.7
Florida 19 Francis Rooney R N 65.9
Florida 20 Alcee Hastings D I 80.3
Florida 21 Lois Frankel D I 62.6
Florida 22 Ted Deutch D I 58.9
Florida 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D I 56.7
Florida 24 Frederica Wilson D I unopposed
Florida 25 Mario Diaz-Balart R I 62.4
Florida 26 Carlos Curbelo R I 53
Florida 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R I 54.9
Georgia 1 Buddy Carter R I unopposed
Georgia 2 Sanford Bishop D I 61
Georgia 3 Drew Ferguson R N 68.4
Georgia 4 Hank Johnson D I 75.6
Georgia 5 John Lewis D I 84.6
Georgia 6 Tom Price R I 61.6
Georgia 7 Rob Woodall R I 60.5
Georgia 8 Austin Scott R I 67.7
Georgia 9 Doug Collins R I unopposed
Georgia 10 Jody Hice R I unopposed
Georgia 11 Barry Loudermilk R I 67.5
Georgia 12 Rick Allen R I 61.6
Georgia 13 David Scott D I unopposed
Georgia 14 Tom Graves R I unopposed
Hawaii 1 Colleen Hanabusa D N 71.9
Hawaii 2 Tulsi Gabbard D I 81.1
Idaho 1 Raul Labrador R I 68.1
Idaho 2 Mike Simpson R I 63
Illinois 1 Bobby Rush D I 73.4
Illinois 2 Robin Kelly D I 79.6
Illinois 3 Dan Lipinski D I unopposed
Illinois 4 Luis Gutierrez D I unopposed
Illinois 5 Mike Quigley D I 67.6
Illinois 6 Peter Roskam R I 59.5
Illinois 7 Danny Davis D I 84
Illinois 8 Raja Krishnamoorthi D N 58.1
Illinois 9 Jan Schakowski D I 65.8
Illinois 10 Brad Schneider D N 52.5
Illinois 11 Bill Foster D I 59.9
Illinois 12 Mike Bost R I 54.3
Illinois 13 Rodney Davis R I 59.7
Illinois 14 Randy Hultgren R I 59.6
Illinois 15 John Shimkus R I unopposed
Illinois 16 Adam Kinzinger R I unopposed
Illinois 17 Cheri Bustos D I 60.1
Illinois 18 Darin LaHood R I 72.2
Indiana 1 Peter Visclosky D I 81.5
Indiana 2 Jackie Walorski R I 59.3
Indiana 3 Jim Banks R N 70.1
Indiana 4 Todd Rokita R I 64.6
Indiana 5 Susan Brooks R I 61.5
Indiana 6 Luke Messer R I 69.2
Indiana 7 Andre Carson D I 59.9
Indiana 8 Larry Bucshon R I 63.7
Indiana 9 Trey Hollinsworth R N 54.3
Iowa 1 Rod Blum R I 53.9
Iowa 2 Dave Loebsack D I 53.7
Iowa 3 David Young R I 53.5
Iowa 4 Steve King R I 61.4
Kansas 1 Roger Marshal R N 66.2
Kansas 2 Lynn Jenkins R I 61.1
Kansas 3 Kevin Yoder R I 51.3
Kansas 4 Mike Pompeo R I 61
Kentucky 1 James Comer R N 72.6
Kentucky 2 Brett Guthrie R I unopposed
Kentucky 3 John Yarmuth D I 63.5
Kentucky 4 Thomas Massie R I 71.3
Kentucky 5 Hal Rogers R I unopposed
Kentucky 6 Andy Barr R I 61.1
Louisiana 1 Steve Scalise R I 74.6
Louisiana 2 Cedric Richmond D I 69.8
Louisiana 3 runnoff
Louisiana 4 runnoff
Louisiana 5 Ralph Abraham R I 81.6
Louisiana 6 Garret Graves R I 62.7
Maine 1 Chellie Pingree D I 57.8
Maine 2 Bruce Poliquin R I 54.6
Maryland 1 Andy Harris R I 67.8
Maryland 2 Dutch Ruppersberger D I 62.2
Maryland 3 John Sarbanes D I 62.8
Maryland 4 Anthony Brown D N 74.1
Maryland 5 Steny Hoyer D I 67.3
Maryland 6 John Delaney D I 55.4
Maryland 7 Elijah Cummings D I 75.1
Maryland 8 Jamie Raskin D N 59.3
Michigan 1 Jack Bergman R N 55.4
Michigan 2 Bill Huizenga R I 62.7
Michigan 3 Justin Amash R I 59.4
Michigan 4 John Moolenaar R I 61.6
Michigan 5 Daniel Kildee D I 61.3
Michigan 6 Fred Upton R I 58.6
Michigan 7 Tim Walberg R I 55
Michigan 8 Mike Bishop R I 56
Michigan 9 Sander Levin D I 57.9
Michigan 10 Paul Mitchell R N 63
Michigan 11 Dave Trott R I 52.9
Michigan 12 Debbie Dingell D I 64.8
Michigan 13 John Conyers D I 77.2
Michigan 14 Brenda Lawrence D I 78.5
Minnesota 1 Tim Walz D I 50.4
Minnesota 2 Jason Lewis R N 47.2
Minnesota 3 Erik Paulsen R I 56.9
Minnesota 4 Betty McCollum D I 57.8
Minnesota 5 Keith Ellison D I 69.2
Minnesota 6 Tom Emmer R I 65.7
Minnesota 7 Collin Peterson D I 52.5
Minnesota 8 Rick Nolan D I 50.3
Mississippi 1 Trent Kelly R I 68.9
Mississippi 2 Bennie Thompson D I 67
Mississippi 3 Gregg Harper R I 66.2
Mississippi 4 Steven Palazzo R I 65.1
Missouri 1 Lacy Clay D I 75.5
Missouri 2 Ann Wagner R I 58.6
Missouri 3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R I 67.8
Missouri 4 Vicky Hartzler R I 67.8
Missouri 5 Emanuel Cleaver D I 58.4
Missouri 6 Sam Graves R I 68.1
Missouri 7 Billy Long R I 67.6
Missouri 8 Jason Smith R I 74.4
Montana 1 Ryan Zinke R I 56.9
Nebraska 1 Jeff Fortenberry R I 69.6
Nebraska 2 Don Bacon R N 49.4
Nebraska 3 Adrian Smith R I unopposed
Nevada 1 Dina Titus D I 61.8
Nevada 2 Mark Amodei R I 58.3
Nevada 3 Jacky Rosen D N 47.2
Nevada 4 Ruben Kihuen D N 48.5
New Hampshire 1 Carol Shea-Porter D N 44.2
New Hampshire 2 Ann Kuster D I 49.8
New Jersey 1 Donald Norcross D I 59.3
New Jersey 2 Frank LoBiondo R I 59.5
New Jersey 3 Tom MacArthur R I 59.6
New Jersey 4 Chris Smith R I 64.1
New Jersey 5 Joshua Gottheimer D N 50.5
New Jersey 6 Frank Pallone D I 63.1
New Jersey 7 Leonard Lance R I 54.5
New Jersey 8 Albio Sires D I 76.8
New Jersey 9 Bill Pascrell D I 69.6
New Jersey 10 Donald Payne Jr D I 85.8
New Jersey 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R I 58.3
New Jersey 12 Bonnie Coleman D I 62.6
New Mexico 1 Michelle Grisham D I 65.1
New Mexico 2 Steve Pearce R I 62.7
New Mexico 3 Ben Ray Lujan D I 62.5
New York 1 Lee Zeldin R I 59
New York 2 Peter King R I 62.4
New York 3 Thomas Suozzi D N 52.4
New York 4 Kathleen Rice D I 59.4
New York 5 Gregory Meeks D I 85.5
New York 6 Grace Meng D I 71.9
New York 7 Nydia Velazquez D I 90.7
New York 8 Hakeem Jeffries D I 93.2
New York 9 Yvette Clarke D I 92.3
New York 10 Jerrold Nadler D I 77.5
New York 11 Dan Donovan R I 62.2
New York 12 Carolyn Malony D I 83
New York 13 Adriano Espaillat D N 88.8
New York 14 Joe Crowley D I 82.6
New York 15 Jose Serrano D I 95.2
New York 16 Eliot Engel D I 95.7
New York 17 Nita Lowey D I unopposed
New York 18 Sean Patrick Maloney D I 54.9
New York 19 John Faso R N 54.7
New York 20 Paul Tonko D I 67.9
New York 21 Elise Stefanik R I 66.1
New York 22 Claudia Tenney R N 47
New York 23 Thomas Reed R I 58
New York 24 John Katko R I 61
New York 25 Louise Slaughter D I 55.7
New York 26 Brian Higgins D I 74.4
New York 27 Chris Collins R I 67.7
North Carolina 1 G.K. Butterfield D I 68.6
North Carolina 2 George Holding R I 56.7
North Carolina 3 Walter Jones R I 67.4
North Carolina 4 David Price D I 68.2
North Carolina 5 Virginia Foxx R I 58.5
North Carolina 6 Mark Walker R I 59.3
North Carolina 7 David Rouzer R I 61
North Carolina 8 Richard Hudson R I 58.8
North Carolina 9 Robert Pittenger R I 58.3
North Carolina 10 Patrick McHenry R I 63.2
North Carolina 11 Mark Meadows R I 64.2
North Carolina 12 Alma Adams D I 67
North Carolina 13 Ted Budd R N 56.1
North Dakota 1 Kevin Cramer R I 69.2
Ohio 1 Steve Chabot R I 59.6
Ohio 2 Brad Wenstrup R I 66.6
Ohio 3 Joyce Beatty D I 68.3
Ohio 4 Jim Jordan R I 68.1
Ohio 5 Bob Latta R I 71
Ohio 6 Bill Johnson R I 70.6
Ohio 7 Bob Gibbs R I 64.1
Ohio 8 Warren Davidson R I 69
Ohio 9 Marcy Kaptur D I 68.5
Ohio 10 Mike Turner R I 64.4
Ohio 11 Marcia Fudge D I 80.1
Ohio 12 Pat Tiberi R I 66.6
Ohio 13 Tim Ryan D I 67.6
Ohio 14 David Joyce R I 62.7
Ohio 15 Steve Stivers R I 66.2
Ohio 16 Jim Renacci R I 65.4
Oklahoma 1 Jim Bridenstine R I unopposed
Oklahoma 2 Markwayne Mullin R I 70.6
Oklahoma 3 Frank Lucas R I 78.3
Oklahoma 4 Tom Cole R I 69.6
Oklahoma 5 Steve Russell R I 57.1
Oregon 1 Suzanne Bonamici D I 59.6
Oregon 2 Greg Walden R I 72.5
Oregon 3 Earl Blumenauer D I 72.7
Oregon 4 Peter DeFazio D I 55.5
Oregon 5 Kurt Schrader D I 53.6
Pennsylvania 1 Robert Brady D I 82.2
Pennsylvania 2 Dwight Evans D N 90.2
Pennsylvania 3 Mike Kelly R I unopposed
Pennsylvania 4 Scott Perry R I 66.1
Pennsylvania 5 Glenn Thompson R I 67.3
Pennsylvania 6 Ryan Costello R I 57.3
Pennsylvania 7 Patrick Meehan R I 59.7
Pennsylvania 8 Brian Fitzpatrick R N 54.5
Pennsylvania 9 Bill Shuster R I 63.4
Pennsylvania 10 Tom Marino R I 70.3
Pennsylvania 11 Lou Barletta R I 63.7
Pennsylvania 12 Keith Rothfus R I 61.9
Pennsylvania 13 Brendan Boyle D I unopposed
Pennsylvania 14 Mike Doyle D I 74.3
Pennsylvania 15 Charles Dent R I 58.4
Pennsylvania 16 Lloyd Smucker R N 53.9
Pennsylvania 17 Matt Cartwright D I 53.8
Pennsylvania 18 Tim Murphy R I unopposed
Rhode Island 1 David Cicilline D I 64.5
Rhode Island 2 Jim Langevin D I 57.8
South Carolina 1 Mark Sanford R I 58.6
South Carolina 2 Joe Wilson R I 61.9
South Carolina 3 Jeff Duncan R I 72.9
South Carolina 4 Trey Gowdy R I 67.2
South Carolina 5 Mick Mulvaney R I 59.1
South Carolina 6 Jim Clyburn D I 68.6
South Carolina 7 Tom Rice R I 60.7
South Dakota 1 Kristi Noem R I 64.1
Tennessee 1 Phil Roe R I 78.4
Tennessee 2 John Duncan R I 75.6
Tennessee 3 Chuck Fleischmann R I 66.4
Tennessee 4 Scott DesJarlais R I 65
Tennessee 5 Jim Cooper D I 62.5
Tennessee 6 Diane Black R I 71.1
Tennessee 7 Marsha Blackburn R I 72.3
Tennessee 8 David Kustoff R N 68.8
Tennessee 9 Steve Cohen D I 78.8
Texas 1 Louie Gohmert R I 73.9
Texas 2 Ted Poe R I 60.6
Texas 3 Sam Johnson R I 61.3
Texas 4 John Ratcliffe R I 88
Texas 5 Jeb Hensarling R I 80.6
Texas 6 Joe Barton R I 58.4
Texas 7 John Culberson R I 56.2
Texas 8 Kevin Brady R I unopposed
Texas 9 Al Green D I 80.6
Texas 10 Michael McCaul R I 57.4
Texas 11 Mike Conaway R I 89.5
Texas 12 Kay Granger R I 69.4
Texas 13 Mac Thornberry R I 89.9
Texas 14 Randy Weber R I 61.9
Texas 15 Vincente Gonzalez D N 57.3
Texas 16 Beto O’Rourke D I 85.8
Texas 17 Bill Flores R I 60.8
Texas 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D I 73.5
Texas 19 Jodey Arrington R N 86.7
Texas 20 Joaquin Castro D I 79.7
Texas 21 Lamar Smith R I 57
Texas 22 Pete Olson R I 59.5
Texas 23 Will Hurd R I 48.5
Texas 24 Kenny Marchant R I 56.2
Texas 25 Roger Williams R I 58.4
Texas 26 Michael Burgess R I 66.3
Texas 27 Blake Farenthold R I 61.7
Texas 28 Henry Cuellar D I 63.6
Texas 29 Gene Green D I 72.5
Texas 30 Eddie Bernice Johnson D I 77.9
Texas 31 John Carter R I 58.4
Texas 32 Pete Sessions R I 71.1
Texas 33 Marc Veasey D I 73.7
Texas 34 Filemon Vela D I 62.7
Texas 35 Lloyd Doggett D I 63.1
Texas 36 Brian Babin R I 88.7
Utah 1 Rob Bishop R I 64.1
Utah 2 Chris Stewart R I 61.5
Utah 3 Jason Chaffetz R I 74.3
Utah 4 Mia Love R I 52.7
Vermont 1 Peter Welch D I 90
Virginia 1 Rob Wittman R I 60.9
Virginia 2 Scott Taylor R N 61.7
Virginia 3 Robert Scott D I 66.9
Virginia 4 Donald McEachin D N 57.3
Virginia 5 Tom Garrett R N 58.3
Virginia 6 Robert Goodlatte R I 66.7
Virginia 7 Dave Brat R I 57.9
Virginia 8 Donald Beyer D I 68.6
Virginia 9 Morgan Griffith R I 68.7
Virginia 10 Barbara Comstock R I 52.9
Virginia 11 Gerry Connolly D I unopposed
Washington 1 Suzan DelBene D I 57.2
Washington 2 Rick Larsen D I 65.1
Washington 3 Jaime Beutler R I 58.8
Washington 4 Dan Newhouse R I 57.8
Washington 5 Cathy Rodgers R I 58.3
Washington 6 Derek Kilmer D I 62.3
Washington 7 Pramila Jayapal D N 57.2
Washington 8 Dave Reichert R I 58.4
Washington 9 Adam Smith D I 74.3
Washington 10 Denny Heck D I 59.5
West Virginia 1 David McKinley R I 69
West Virginia 2 Alex Mooney R I 58.2
West Virginia 3 Evan Jenkins R I 67.9
Wisconsin 1 Paul Ryan R I 65
Wisconsin 2 Mark Pocan D I 68.7
Wisconsin 3 Ron Kind D I unnopposed
Wisconsin 4 Gwen Moore D I 77
Wisconsin 5 Jim Sensenbrenner R I 66.8
Wisconsin 6 Glenn Grothman R I 57.2
Wisconsin 7 Sean Duffy R I 61.8
Wisconsin 8 Mike Gallagher R N 62.7
Wyoming 1 Liz Cheney R N 62.2

LETTERS TO LEGISLATORS

Feel free to copy any of the letters below, modify them to your own needs, and send them to any/all of the legislators.  If you have a letter you would like to post here for others to copy and use, please send it to me through the Contact Us page.

New Legislators

Dear

First, I would like to congratulate you on your win to the top position in American government. The Legislature is the place where laws are made. Without them, the Executive and Judicial branches are nothing, and they can do nothing without the laws you are now in the position to make.

And on that note, I would like to bring to your attention some facts of failure in the preceding legislatures and their effects on the American people. It is my hope, nay-prayer, that you accept the task at hand to correct the wrongs that have preceded you, and to get our magnificent country back on track.

The wrongs that have been done to good, law-abiding, caring, compassionate Americans were politics-driven. I pray first, that you do not base your decisions on politics, “what’s in it for you”, or because someone of importance asks you to. There is a mechanism in Congress by which the wheels turn. I am asking you to ignore any mechanism that does not have the American people as the driving force. You have a grave responsibility. But God has picked you for the task. I hope and pray that you do His will, or He will replace you.

The primary task that needs to be addressed by Congress is the frank obstruction of justice now running the show in the Justice Department and the Attorney General’s office of the Executive branch. Laws are broken openly and freely by the people who are supposed to be the guardians of integrity and fairness. Innocent people are being sent to prison because the goal in the Justice Department is no longer honesty and the guardianship of impartiality and justice, but “win at all costs”.

Prosecutorial misconduct is rampant. The Center for Prosecutorial Integrity lists the following current infractions:

  1. Charging a suspect with more offenses than is warranted
  2. Withholding the release of exculpatory evidence
  3. Deliberately mishandling or even destroying evidence.
  4. Allowing witnesses they know are not truthful to testify, and forcing untruthful testimony from witnesses through threats
  5. Pressuring defense witnesses not to testify
  6. Making statements to the media designed to arouse public indignation
  7. Making improper or misleading statements to the jury.

How does this happen? Because in years past when there was integrity and virtue among our governing body, Congress bestowed upon prosecutors actual immunity. Now, they are no longer virtuous or have integrity, and they commit crimes because nothing can be done to them.  This has to change. If a prosecutor knowingly puts an innocent person in prison, they should be held accountable. You need to take actual immunity away from the DOJ and place some sanctions on their illegal activity.

One area in which the illegal actions of the DOJ and Attorney General’s office and other executive agencies is rampant is the blatant attacks on good, caring physicians and their patients for money. Title 21, known as the Controlled Substances Act, is being illegally manipulated in order to confiscate doctor’s assets. Innocent physicians are in prison or have had their careers completely destroyed, for money and power. This has got to stop. The failure of the Justice System to read the law properly, as it was intended in 1970 by your fellow legislators, has been supported throughout the judicial process. I will be writing more to you at a later date about this. But first on your agenda should be stopping this flagrant overreach of the Judiciary branch of the US government. Instead, past legislatures have turned a blind eye to what the DOJ is doing. They are now writing the laws, when that is YOUR job. If it was me, I would be incensed at their audacity, and I would do something about it. I am asking YOU to do something about it.

It is my belief that the US government has entered a path of legal genocide. Through our dependency on conventional medicine, which maintains disease as it worsens over time, instead of healing disease, our population is unhealthy. Baby boomers are now reaching retirement age. Chronic disease is attacking younger and younger constituents because of lifestyle. All of these facts point to increased cost with decreased productivity. But killing off the population by taking away their pain medications for diseases that could be cured with alternative treatment is not acceptable.

The government has relied on propaganda against controlled drugs for 100 years. You might even believe the propaganda. But I can assure you that that is all it is—false information passed on through ignorance. Drugs do not cause addiction. If you just look at the statistics, you can see that for yourself. The real cause of drug abuse and addiction is toxicity. I would love to have the opportunity to discuss this truism with you in the future. For now, I can offer you the information through my DVD, The REAL Cause of Drug Abuse. You can find that available for purchase, currently with a substantial savings for the rest of the month of November. You can also have a shortened introduction through attending one of my webinars. The current dates and times are listed on the homepage of my website, www.doctorsofcourage.org.

I would like to set up a Congressional briefing for all legislators in the future about the real cause of drug abuse, the illegal attacks on doctors and their chronic pain patients, and what should be done to change the current tide of illegal government action on innocent citizens. I hope that you will learn and spread the word among your colleagues.

As Alexis de Tocqueville stated: “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”   America has ceased to be good. He also stated: “everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure”. I hope the new administration, through the leadership of the legislature, will seek the cure.

We need to put God back into our government, and into our country. George Washington stated in 1797, “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of society.”  Alexis de Tocqueville stated in Democracy in America: “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” We have given up virtue for value, the “what’s in it for me” principle. We need virtue to be brought back. We need virtue in our legislature, and by your actions, bring virtue back into the other two branches. They are nothing without you, but also without you, they are running rampant.

Although what I write here might seem rather revolutionary, it isn’t (except for knowing the real cause of drug abuse—that is revolutionary). To show that what I tell you is not new, here is a short list of recommended reading:

  1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  2. America’s Providential History by Mark A. Beliles & Stephen K. McDowell
  3. Licensed to Lie by Sidney Powell
  4. Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Improsoned by the Feds by Rand Paul
  5. Three Felonies a Day by Harvey Silverglate and Alan M. Dershowitz.

I’ll end with a request. I would like to schedule a Congressional Briefing with your health issues staff representatives, and any other legislators/health care advisors you would like to invite, in the near future to go over the information that I have simply mentioned here. I am willing to come to Washington for such a meeting. Let’s make it soon, so that the bills scheduled to be covered in the next Congress can be modified to end the persecution of innocent citizens, and get laws before congress to help instead of hinder the healing of America, both figuratively and literally.

I also invite you to be a part of Pain Patient’s Advocacy Week April 23-30, 2017. Please try to make this week a national observance. Like me, thousands of your constituents either suffering with chronic pain or disenfranchised for doing their job look to you for a solution to this problem created by a government out of control. Don’t let us down.

Respectfully,

Linda Cheek, MD
Best Selling Author for Target: Pain Doc
www.doctorsofcourage.org
www.sevenpillarstotalhealth.com

CC:   National Pain Patients Coalition
          American Pain Institute

 

 

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