The opportunity for me to express my passion about advocacy was provided by the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists when I submitted the following composition to the William H. King Advocacy Award, as seen below in an abbreviated form. I am grateful for the leadership and guidance that has been provided to me by my state society in advocating for and protecting the future of anesthesiology. I hope that we may continue to pursue passionately the health of our specialty through the interaction with, and education of, our peers, public officials and patients.

For a citizen, the success of a democracy depends not only upon participation by ballot in electoral races, but perhaps more importantly upon the education and continued communication with one’s elected officials. This communicative relationship, which is the bedrock of political advocacy, is required for the longevity...

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