October 01, 2023
The California Medical Association (CMA) issued the following statements in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's appointment of Laphonza Butler to the US Senate:
CMA President Donaldo Hernandez, M.D.: "Laphonza Butler’s unwavering dedication to equitable health care access and social justice, as well as her ability to unite diverse voices, makes her a transformative force, and I applaud Governor Newsom for elevating her to represent California in the US Senate. Her appointment reaffirms our commitment to a healthier, more inclusive America and I look forward to her visionary leadership in Washington."
CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran: “Laphonza Butler is an extraordinary and inspiring leader who has not only made history but made progress – especially as a powerful advocate for health access – for millions of Californians over the course of her storied career. Our state is fortunate to have someone of her superlative talents, intellect and accomplishments willing to rise to this awesome challenge and California’s physician community stands ready to support and assist her in every way in fulfilling the obligations of this high office."