|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13|
|President of the National Physicians Alliance|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next primary||May 20, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Northwestern University (1982)|
|Master's||Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2007)|
|M.D.||University of Nebraska Medical College (1986)|
|Birthday||August 24, 1966|
|Place of birth||Washington, D.C.|
While her 2014 congressional bid marks Arkoosh's first attempt at running for public office, she is no stranger to campaigns and is well-connected within the Democratic party. Her husband is the former congressional campaign treasurer for Rep. Allyson Schwartz, whom Arkoosh hopes to succeed in the U.S. House, and Arkoosh herself has been an active fundraiser for Schwartz in the past. Schwartz is not running for re-election, opting instead to seek the position of Pennsylvania Governor.
Arkoosh is a medical physician and university professor who serves as the president of the National Physicians Alliance. In her capacity as president of the organization, she has been able to boost her public profile and name recognition through various television appearances -- most notably on Martha Stewart and MSNBC -- where she spoke in support of the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care reform bill commonly referred to as "Obamacare," as well as on the subject of Medicaid.
Arkoosh is a physician and Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care as well as Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
After graduating from Northwestern University in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in economics, Arkoosh attended the University of Nebraska Medical College, where she received her M.D. in 1986. Her post-graduate training consisted of one year at Philadelphia's Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Hospital, from 1986-1987, followed by three years as an anesthesiology resident at Jefferson Medical College. Arkoosh also holds a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, having returned to school nearly 20 years after earning her M.D. to pursue a Master's in Public Health.
As described on her faculty profile, Arkoosh also considers herself an expert in Health Policy State-based health care reform.
- B.A. in economics - Northwestern University (1982)
- M.D. - University of Nebraska Medical College (1986)
- M.P.H. - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2007)
- See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2014 or See also: Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014
Arkoosh is running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Arkoosh is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed a combined three Pennsylvania races which are already showing promise of a competitive primary or a possible partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.
The 13th District seat is currently held by a Democrat, Allyson Schwartz. Schwartz will vacate her seat in 2014 in order to run for governor against incumbent Tom Corbett (R) and the race to succeed her has already drawn a number of hopeful candidates.
Among the six Democrats PoliticsPA highlighted as possible replacements for Schwartz, State Representative Brendan Boyle, physician and University of Pennsylvania professor Valerie Arkoosh, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies and State Senator Daylin Leach - all four of whom have launched campaigns - look like strong contenders. In Boyle's case, the 13th Congressional District happens to encompass the entirety of the 107th legislative district, which he has represented since 2009, as well as the entire district of State Rep. Kevin Boyle, his brother. But his local cache may find a formidable rival in former Pennsylvania's 13th District Rep. Marjorie Margolies, the newest entrant in the race. Her son is married to Chelsea Clinton, which portends an uphill campaign fundraising battle for her Democratic primary opponents should she decide to enlist the Clinton family's help. Upon joining the race, however, Margolies said that she “did not run on Clinton’s coattails” in 1992 and doesn’t plan to do so in 2014.
Hypothetical matchup - Democratic primary race
|Democratic primary - U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 13|
|Poll||Marjorie Margolies||Brendan Boyle||Daylin Leach||Valerie Arkoosh||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Global Strategy Group (internal poll)|
August 13-15, 2013
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
Arkoosh's congressional campaign is endorsed by:
- The Women's Campaign Fund
|Valerie Arkoosh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$0||$218,265.00||$(3,802.61)||$214,462.39|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$214,462.39||$285,298.44||$(40,105.09)||$459,655.74|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$459,655.74||$228,563.05||$(100,006.00)||$588,212.79|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$588,212||$203,089||$(147,370)||$643,932|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Valerie + Arkoosh + Pennsylvania + House"
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- PoliticsPA, "Arkoosh files for Congress in Schwartz' seat," March 14, 2013
- PoliticsPA, "PA-13: Arkoosh Nets $218K in 2 Weeks," April 10, 2013
- Penn Medicine, "Provider Profile: Valerie Arkoosh, MD," accessed April 11, 2013
- University of Pennsylvania Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, "Valerie A. Arkoosh, M.D., MPH," accessed April 11, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Valerie Arkoosh candidate filing," received March 12, 2013
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Allyson Schwartz files to run for Pa. governor," April 8, 2013
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Political judo: Marjorie Margolies turns weakness to strength," May 31, 2013
- Philadelphia Inquirer, "State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast running for Congress," April 8, 2013
- PoliticsPA, "Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat?," February 26, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Marjorie Margolies running for Congress again," May 29, 2013
- PoliticsPA, "PA -13: Hoyer backs Margolies," June 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Valerie Arkoosh 2014 Summary reports," Accessed November 12, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
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