Mississippi Dental Political Action Committee


MDPAC is the political action committee of the Mississippi Dental Association. This committee provides an opportunity for dentists to collectively contribute to the campaigns of candidates who support the promotion of good oral health and will work with our professionals to address issues. When acting as a group, individual dentists can have significant impact on the political process. MDPAC is non-profit and bi-partisan, with the goal of influencing the political process for the good of dentistry and patients. The MDPAC Board oversees the activities of the group.

State and federal governments are a constant, sometimes intrusive presence in the dental office. With issues such as unsupervised practice by hygienists, patient protection, amalgam waste disposal, HIPAA regulations, and excessive state and federal regulations, we need lawmakers in the Mississippi legislature and U.S. Congress who understand dentistry and oral health care. MDPAC and ADPAC (the American Dental Association’s political action committee) are dentistry’s best hope of electing these individuals.

In addition to making political contributions, MDPAC maintains a statewide contact dentist system so that every politician in the state has a personal friend in dentistry. MDPAC hosts legislative receptions and legislative contact days, furthering the relationship between legislators and dentists.

What are suggested MDPAC contribution levels?

You can join PAC with a simple contribution.The following are suggested amounts of commitment levels:

Platinum Contributor - $1000+

Diamond Contributor - $750 - $999

Crown Contributor - $500 - $749

Century Contributor - $175 - $499

Active Contributor - $50 - $174

Recent Graduate Contributor - $35

Student Contributor - $10

How can I donate to MDPAC?

Mail a check to:
c/o Mississippi Dental Association
439 B Katherine Drive
Flowood, MS  39232

Checks should be made payable to MDPAC.

Please note: MDPAC and  ADPAC contributions are voluntary political contributions. The suggested amount is only a suggestion, more or less than the suggested amount may be given, and the amount given or refusal to give will not benefit or disadvantage you. Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year. Mississippi law permits state PACs to accept professional corporation checks.  

How can I serve as a contact dentist?

If you are interested in discussing important issues with your legislator and would like to personally deliver MDPAC contributions to a specific legislator that you personally know, then sign up today to be a Contact Dentist.  

Please call ​Connie Lane at the MDA office at (601) 664-9691 or e-mail her at connie@msdental.org to identify who you would be willing to contact.  

What is the difference between MDPAC and ADPAC?

The Mississippi Dental Political Action Committee is the political arm of the Mississippi Dental Association that represents the interests of dentists in our state.  We are a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated, federally registered committee of individual dentists that present a strong, united voice at the Mississippi Legislature on behalf of Mississippi dentists. We are the ONLY political action committee in Mississippi that represents dentists. We are not affiliated with any political party.  

ADPAC, American Dental Political Action Committee, is the bipartisan voice of thousands of dentists across our nation who care deeply about their patients and their profession. Its mission is to educate dentists about the importance of political action and to help elect candidates for congressional office who are supportive of issues important to dentistry. By supporting ADPAC, the profession of dentistry remains strong and its principles uncompromised.  

Important for ALL dentists to understand: MDPAC dollars cannot go to federal legislators or candidates, only state individuals. In turn, ADPAC dollars cannot go to state campaigns or state legislators, just those who are currently serving in Washington or seeking election to serve in Washington, DC. 


“MDPAC empowers our members to help shape the political environment in order to protect the integrity of our dental profession and our patients. The MDPAC helps our organization have a stronger voice in the political process and also makes our voices heard. MDPAC contributions help elect candidates who in turn define public policies that support our profession. MDPAC needs your help. Now more than ever we must increase our presence in the political arena. We must elevate our support as well as encourage our colleagues to get involved. If we want to preserve the way we practice dentistry, then we must help guide our political leaders in matters that impact our profession and the patients we serve. Help us generate continuous contact and meaningful relationships with our legislators. Help us make our voice heard. We must support MDPAC!”
-Dr. Drew Middleton, MDPAC Secetary

MDPAC Board Members

Chair: Dr. Mark Donald
Sec/Treas: Dr. Drew Middleton
Officer: Dr.Kelly Trout
Officer: Dr. Peter Boswell
Officer: Dr. James Russell Dumas
District I: Dr. Beth Shelton, Dr. Ed Holliday
District II: Dr. Brant Kairit, Dr. Trey Donahoe
District III: Dr. Drew Middleton, Dr. Eric Herrington
District IV: Dr. Susan Fortenberry, Dr. Tiffany Green
District V: Dr. Tony Chapman, Dr. Trey Sutton
District VI: Dr. Chris Price, Dr. Delton Moore
D-4 Student: Caroline Carmichael
D-3 Student: Dalton Ford
Lobbyist: Thompson & Associates, LLC
MDA Staff: Wahnee Sherman