Dr. David Orentlicher Files for Democratic Nomination in 8th Congressional District

(Terre Haute, IN)  Dr. David Orentlicher announced today that he has officially filed his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 8th District.

“I am running for Congress to give hard-working families a strong and effective voice in Washington,” said Orentlicher. “Too many people are losing faith in an America that has inspired so many generations. As the middle class continues to shrink, people are working harder for less, and children have an even smaller chance to succeed than did their parents.”

“We must restore the power of the American Dream and rekindle the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can provide a good life for your family and a better future for your children.”

“This is a critical time for our country,” Orentlicher declared. “We’ve lost too many good paying jobs, our schools are in decline, and many of our neighborhoods suffer from drug use and other crime. When I served in our state legislature, I worked hard to solve the

State’s serious problems, passing legislation to stimulate job growth, improve access to health care, and protect children from abuse and neglect. As a member of Congress, I will work just as hard to solve our national problems.”

“We are gratified by the strong support our campaign has been receiving,” added Orentlicher. “As we’ve emphasized the need for real economic opportunity in the 8th district, voters have responded enthusiastically. We raised more than $100,000 in our first six weeks of the campaign, and we have raised the greatest amount among Indiana candidates challenging incumbent members of the House."

David Orentlicher is an educator, physician, attorney, and former three-term member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He has practiced both medicine and law, and he teaches at Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute, IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

While directing the medical ethics program at the American Medical Association, Orentlicher drafted the AMA’s first-ever Patients’ Bill of Rights. He also wrote conflicts of interest guidelines that protect the integrity of the patient-physician relationship.

Orentlicher has written many books and articles on a wide range of topics in ethics, law, and medicine.  His current project, Economic Inequality and College Admissions Policies, makes the case for revising college admissions policies to address the serious problem of economic inequality in the United States.

Orentlicher’s wife, Judy, is a professor of political science at Indiana University. They have two children.