B.S. in Marine Biology, Texas A&M University; M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch
KEY HEALTH LINK
Jackson is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and began his medical career in the Navy. In 2006, Jackson was selected as a White House physician, where he served Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. He has held faculty clinical appointments with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Beth Israel Deaconess Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program.
Chief Medical Advisor to the President, 2019; Physician to the President, 2013-2018;
Physician at the White House, 2006-2013
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Eight days after his retirement from the Navy, Jackson filed to run for Congress in the Texas 13th District. Jackson finished in second place in the primary election behind former lobbyist Josh Winegarner. In the July 2020 runoff, Jackson won the nomination with 55.6% of votes.
Mac Thornberry (R), retired
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States
Jackson served in the Navy as as the White House physician. On March 28, 2018, President Trump announced that he planned to replace David Shulkin with Ronny Jackson as secretary of Veterans Affairs. One month later, the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs postponed a hearing on his nomination after current and former employees on the White House medical staff accused Jackson of creating a hostile work environment. Jackson withdrew from consideration.
On The Issues
Jackson opposes mask mandates to slow the spread of COVID-19, calling mask wearing a "personal choice."
In Congress, Jackson aims to "eliminate the monopolies in health care, continue to promote transparency in billing... and protect Americans from the liberal agenda and the socialist health care plans of the left."
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
In May 2020, Jackson announced a plan to redirect all American pharmaceutical manufacturing in China back to the U.S., with substantial production based in the Texas 13th district.
Jackson supports reform to pharmaceutical pricing, with no specific policies endorsed.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Jackson was nominated by President Trump to be Secretary of the VA but withdrew after allocations that he created a hostile work environment.
Jackson considers himself "staunchly pro-life." He supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood and all abortion providers in the U.S.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Jackson supports withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization.
DID YOU KNOW?
Jackson landed his first job at age 13, when he began working after school at the Wallace Theater in Levelland, TX.