Former White House physician to three presidents says he’s excited to represent Texans

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 5:18 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - He was a White House physician to Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Now, Rep.-elect Ronny Jackson (R-TX) has a different role in D.C.

Rep.-elect Ronny Jackson is in the nation’s capital this week attending New Member Orientation after winning the Texas House race in District 13 during the general election on November 3.

“It’s great to be back. I’m excited about the job. I’m excited about representing my district. I spent 29 years serving my country in the military. This is a different type of service,” said Jackson.

Jackson, a retired Navy Rear Admiral, is joining more than 50 other lawmakers in Washington for the program. It is designed to help newcomers learn the inner workings of Congress, although Jackson said he would hardly consider himself a newcomer.

“It’s probably not as Hollywood for me as it is for a lot of folks that are just coming here, since I’ve been here for the last 15 years,” he said.

Jackson said he is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work once he officially takes office in January. One of his goals is to join the Doctors Caucus to work on reforming the country’s healthcare system.

“Having dealt with healthcare policy a little bit at the White House, I think I can be a really active, aggressive participant in writing healthcare legislation so that we all end up with healthcare that’s affordable, accessible and high quality,” Jackson said.

Jackson also said he hopes he is assigned to the Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.

He will be sworn in with the new Congress in January.

New member orientation runs through December 5, with a break for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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