Warsaw resident Pam Galloway is the first announced candidate for next year’s congressional election in Indiana’s 3rd District.
Galloway, 59, is a retired physician and a former Wisconsin state legislator, and she chaired the campaign committee that helped elect state Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, to the Indiana House in 2014.
Galloway seeks the seat of fifth-year Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a LaGrange County farmer who announced Saturday he will run in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat that will open with the retirement of Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., at the end of his term.
State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, plans to announce today in Fort Wayne that he will run for Stutzman’s House seat.
Asked in a telephone interview whether she shares Stutzman’s conservative philosophies, Galloway said: “I would say that Congressman Stutzman and I do agree on many issues. My biggest issues are repealing Obamacare, defending the Second Amendment and protecting life, faith, family and country.”
She is a certified National Rifle Association instructor in basic pistol shooting.
“I think when voters see that I am a physician with a unique perspective and having worked my entire career with people and listening to their problems, that they’ll find I’m the ideal person to represent them in Congress,” she said.
“As a physician, by training, I’m trained to listen,” she said. “In medical school, they teach us if you listen to the patient, they will tell you what’s wrong with them. And I think the same thing is true of voters, that if you listen, they will tell you what’s on their mind. And I think that that makes me ideally qualified for this position.”
Galloway’s campaign issued a statement saying that as a state senator in Wisconsin, she worked with Republican Gov. Scott Walker “to pass groundbreaking reforms. She earned support and admiration as an advocate for taxpayers and a defender of constitutional rights.” Walker is considering seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2016.
Her statement said Galloway and her husband, Dr. Chris Magiera, an Indiana native, moved from Wisconsin to Indiana in 2012 to be closer to family members who faced “sudden, severe illnesses.”
Galloway was elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2010. She resigned less than three months ahead of a recall election, leaving the Senate in a 16-16 tie between political parties after its legislative session had ended. She was replaced in the election by another Republican.
The Huffington Post reported in 2012 that Galloway had sponsored legislation “to allow guns in public buildings, create a tax credit for private school tuition and the prohibition of receiving, transporting or selling fetal body parts.”
Galloway’s statement said she has been a surgeon who treated breast cancer patients.