Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Congressional Lupus Caucus

Caucus Co-Chairs

 The Congressional Lupus Caucus was established to provide a forum for members of Congress and their staff to actively engage in a dialogue to improve the quality of life for people with lupus and their caregivers through supporting the advancement of lupus research and increasing awareness of lupus among the public and health professionals.

Caucus Members

  • Del. Madelein Bordallo (D-GU)
  • Rep. Cheri Bustons (D-IL)
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
  • Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
  • Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
  • Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
  • Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • Rep. John J. Duncan, JR. (R-TN)
  • Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
  • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
  • Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
  • Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)
  • Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA)
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)
  • Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)
  • Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
  • Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ)
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
  • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
  • Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)
  • Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)
  • Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
  • Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)
  • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
  • Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
  • Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
  • Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
  • Rep. David Valadeo (R-CA)
  • Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
  • Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
  • Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA)
  • Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
  • Rep. David Young (R-IA)
  • Rep. Darren Soto (R-FL)
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)


Facts and Figures

  • Definition - Lupus is an acute and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system in the body. 
  • Lupus can affect any part of the body, including the skin, lungs, heart, kidneys, and brain.  No organ is spared.  The disease can cause seizures, strokes, heart attacks, miscarriages, and organ failure.
  • An estimated 1.5 million Americans have a form of lupus.
  • 80% of new cases are diagnosed in women between ages of 15 and 44 – striking people in their prime.
  • 90% of people with lupus are women and yet 80% of women know little or nothing about lupus.
  • Lupus is two to three times more common among African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.
  • An accurate diagnosis of lupus can take as long as four or more years and visits to three or more physicians.    
  • Lupus annually costs the nation an estimated $31.4 billion in direct and indirect expenditures.


Congessman Tom Rooney
Staff: Andrew Callahan
(202) 225-5792

Congressman Bill Keating
Staff: Sonya Spery
(202) 225-3111

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