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Southern College of Optometry (SCO) congratulates John Boozman, OD ’77, upon his election to the United States Senate from Arkansas.
Although SCO alumni have served in a number of state and local elective offices through the years, Senator-elect Boozman becomes the first SCO graduate to be elected to the United States Senate. Prior to his election, he had served several terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was also the first SCO graduate to be elected to that body.
“Southern College of Optometry takes great pride in the accomplishments of our alumni,” said SCO President Richard W. Phillips, OD ’78. “For those of us who attended SCO in the 1970s, it’s a great honor to know that one of our classmates will serve our country as part of the United States Senate. Regardless of your politics, all of SCO’s alumni can take pride in this historic accomplishment.”
Dr. Boozman also made history for optometry as the first optometrist elected to the U.S. Senate, said Vicki Farmer, Executive Director of the Arkansas Optometric Association. “It’s a milestone for optometry,” Farmer said. “Congratulations to Dr. Boozman, a member of the Arkansas Optometric Association.”
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