10 November 2020 |
In last week’s general election in the United States, the two Adventists who serve in Congress were each easily re-elected.
Sheila Jackson Lee represents District 18 in Texas and has served since January 1995. Before first being elected to Congress she served as an elected city council member in Houston from 1990 to 1994 and a municipal judge from 1987 to 1990. She is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia law school.
Dr. Raul Ruiz represents District 36 in California, which is not far from Loma Linda University but does not include the town of Loma Linda. He was first elected in 2012 and re-elected this year with 59 percent of the votes; the same strong majority he received in 2018. He is an emergency room doctor with an MD and a master’s in public health from Harvard University. From 2011 to 2012 he was associate dean of the medical school at the University of California Riverside campus.
Both members of Congress are part of the Democratic party and both are from ethnic minority groups.
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Ben Carson, tested positive for coronavirus yesterday. Carson visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center yesterday after experiencing symptoms. He is now at home.
Carson attended the election night gathering at the White House last week where most attendees were not wearing masks. President Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who later tested positive for COVID-19, was also present at the event. According to CNN, Carson was also seen without a mask at several Trump campaign events.
Carson is the only Adventist to be appointed to the Cabinet in the history of the United States. He is a noted physician and former faculty member in the school of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.