After nearly four years of serving as U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin has decided to give up a dream job. "You know I got to see firsthand historic changes that are occurring in our healthcare system, in our government. All of them aren't necessarily great, but they're still historic changes and so..that wonderful opportunity is there. So I don't regret it at all", said Benjamin.
Now, members of her political party want her to continue working in Washington D.C. They want her to go after Congressman Jo Bonner's seat. "I know she's being strongly encouraged to run by a lot of high ranking democratic party officials. She would be an attractive candidate because she is a popular name and obviously has great connections in the district", said Al.com political editor, George Talbot.
As a government employee, Doctor Benjamin cannot discuss future job specifics, but, she told WKRG News 5, her decision to step down as Surgeon General was made before Congressman Bonner announced he was leaving. If Dr. Benjamin did agree to run for Bonner's seat, she would face a tremendous challenge according to Talbot. "She would be a real strong candidate for the democrats, but really a real tough challenge to try and flip that seat. It's been in Republican Party since 1965. It's one of the reddest districts in the United States".
Doctor Benjamin took on the challenge of serving as the nation's top doctor when President Obama chose her to serve on his cabinet in 2009. What surprised her most about the move was how much she missed her patients. "I was surprised at how much I missed seeing patients everyday. I mean that was the hardest part", said Dr. Benjamin.
This summer she plans on returning to The Bayou where she looks forward to re-connecting with her patients. "When things get tough up here, it's always good to know I had people at home praying for me and being there for me. So, that's been wonderful, and I look forward to seeing everybody when I get home", said Dr. Benjamin.