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Who's in Charge? Updates on New Congressional Leadership


Meet the Confirmed Republican Leadership for the House of Representatives for the 112th Congress

By Paul A. Kawata

December 22, 2010

This article was provided by the National Minority AIDS Council; Paul Kawata is the organization's executive director.

Who's in Charge? Meet the Republican leadership for the House of Representatives for the 112th Congress.

As the Republicans prepare to take control of the House of Representatives, the balance of power is shifting in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has made his appointments for the Republican leadership, so we share with you the confirmed appointees (updated from our previous message).

For those in the AIDS movement, its critical that we identify the key players and prepare to make the case that continuing and expanding federal funding for AIDS programs is not only good for the country, but also for their home states.


Congressman John Boehner (R-OH)

Incoming Speaker of the House
Congressman John Boehner (R-OH)

  • Ohio has 16,537 People Living with HIV/AIDS1
  • 49% of People With HIV/AIDS (PWAs) in Ohio are African American
  • 5% are Hispanic/Latino
  • Less 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Less 1% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 35% of AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) clients in Ohio are African American2
  • 3% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.5% are American Indian/Alaska Native

Ohio currently has 328 PWAs on an ADAP Waiting List. They also have a reduced formulary and lowered financial eligibility to 300% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) (disenrolled 257 clients). Finally, they disenrolled approximately 861 clients based on new medical criteria.2

  1. Ohio Department of Health HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program. Data reported through June 30, 2010
  2. 2010 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report. National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors

Washington, D.C. Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6205
(202) 225-0704 fax


Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA)

Incoming Majority Leader
Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA)

  • Virginia has 22,997 People Living with HIV/AIDS3
  • 61% of PWAs in Virginia are African American
  • 5% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Less 1% American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 53% of ADAP clients in Virginia are African American4
  • 9% Hispanic/Latino
  • 1% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaska Native

Virginia established an ADAP Waiting List and a reduced formulary4

  1. Virginia Department of Health as of August 16, 2010.
  2. 2010 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report. National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors

Washington, DC Office
329 Cannon Building
Washington, DC 20515
P: 202.225-2815
F: 202.225-0011


Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY)

Incoming Chair of House Appropriations Committee
Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY)

  • Kentucky has 2,566 people living with AIDS5
  • 31% of PWAs in Kentucky are African American
  • 6% are Latino
  • <1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • <1% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 28% of ADAP clients in Kentucky are African American6
  • 6% are Latino
  • <1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • <1% are American Indian/Alaska Native

Kentucky has reduced its ADAP corollary.

  1. Kentucky Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Semi-Annual Report, December 2009 (accessed 12/21/10)
  2. 2010 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report. National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors

Washington, DC Office
2406 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4601
Fax: (202) 225-0940


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Incoming Chair of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

  • California has 109,014 People Living with HIV/AIDS6
  • 18.7% of PWAs are African American
  • 30.5% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.5% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.5% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 12% of ADAP clients in California are African American
  • 39% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 3% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.3% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  1. California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Section, data as of June 30, 2010

Washington, DC Office
2347 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20525
Phone: (202) 225-3906
Fax: (202) 225-3303


Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Incoming Chair of House Committee on the Budget
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

  • Wisconsin has 7,198 People Living with HIV/AIDS7
  • 38% of PWAs in Wisconsin are African American
  • 11% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 1% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 32% of ADAP clients in Wisconsin are African American8
  • 20% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.9% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  1. Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Surveillance Summary: AIDS/HIV cases reported 1983 through September 30, 2010
  2. Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Surveillance Summary: AIDS/HIV cases reported 1983 through September 30, 2010

Washington, DC office
1113 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3031
Fax: (202) 225-3393


Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR)

Incoming Chair of House Energy and Commerce Committee
Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX)

  • Oregon has 5,001 People Living with HIV/AIDS9
  • 7 % of PWAs in Oregon are African American
  • 11% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • <1% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 7% of ADAP clients are African American10
  • 16% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • <1% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  1. Oregon Department of Health Epidemiological Profile through December 2009.

Washington D.C. Office
2181 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6730
(202) 225-5774 fax


Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI)

Incoming Chair of House Ways and Means Committee
Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI)

  • Michigan has 14,781 People Living with HIV/AIDS11
  • 59% of PWAs in Michigan are African American
  • 4% are Hispanic/Latino
  • Less 1% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Less 1% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 39% of ADAP clients in Michigan are African American
  • 7% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 2% are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.2% are American Indian/Alaska Native
  1. Michigan Department of Community Health. Quarterly HIV/AIDS Report. October 2010

Washington D.C. Office:
341 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3561
Fax: (202) 225-9679

If you live in any of the above districts, please contact the National Minority AIDS Council. You can reach us via email at info@nmac.org. It is essential that we identify constituents within these member's districts who care about HIV/AIDS. We would like to work with you to speak to your Representative about the need to increase HIV/AIDS funding and programs. We are particularly interested in creating a fix for the ADAP challenge.

Yours in the struggle,

Paul Kawata
Executive Director
National Minority AIDS Council

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See Also
National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Executive Summary
U.S. Announces First National HIV/AIDS Strategy
More on U.S. HIV/AIDS Policy

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