Meet Dr. Jason Westin
I’m a 40 year old father of three young children (James 9, Cynthia 6, and Kathryn 2.5), a husband, and a doctor. I fight cancer for my patients because I believe health care is a human right, and nobody should be denied treatment because they cant pay. In medical school 20 years ago, I helped lead an equal-access clinic to provide care for the uninsured and the homeless. Today, I take on insurance companies to get better care for my patients. My peers elected me to lead the largest clinical trial team in the US dedicated to finding new treatments for aggressive cancer of the immune system. I’m getting off the sidelines to fight for my patients and my kids, and for our community and our future.
What did the Houston Chronicle say about Dr. Westin?
Westin’s professional credentials alone are impressive enough; he says his peers elected him to lead the largest clinical trial team in the nation seeking new treatments for aggressive cancers. But don’t think for a second this doctor is a one-trick-pony running on a health care platform. He’s impressed crowds at community forums with his conspicuously thoughtful command of a wide variety of issues. Westin launched his candidacy with the help of a nationwide group that’s trying to get more scientists to run for office. When he says he’s bothered by “disrespect of facts and science,” he speaks with a quiet passion that seems to be winning over a growing number of supporters.
Why am I Running to Represent Us?
I’m not a career politician, I’m a doctor and I’ve spent more than 15 years tackling life and death issues for my patients. As a doctor, I took an oath: first do no harm. But when career politicians like John Culberson keep trying the same failed partisan prescriptions, our community is worse off than if they’d done nothing at all. I’m getting off the sidelines because I know firsthand what’s at risk for folks who will lose their access to healthcare if Trump and Culberson have their way. That’s why I’m running for Congress and asking for your support.
What’s My Background?
After graduating college in with a degree in Microbiology, I moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate where I worked on health care policy during the great tobacco debates of 1998. It was here that I saw the true power of politics for good first-hand. As a first-year medical student, I volunteered in the “Equal Access Clinic” which provided free healthcare to those without insurance or who couldn’t afford the care they desperately needed. Working in and eventually leading the clinic is one of the many reasons I believe healthcare is a human right. I graduated medical school with honors and was recruited to my first academic medical job as a college professor at the age of 28. After co-founding a new hospital department, I decided to focus my career on treating patients with cancer. My wife Dr. Shannon Westin and I moved to Houston in 2006 to train at one of the top cancer hospitals in the world where we both are on faculty as Oncologists. I have received numerous awards and I am internationally recognized for my cutting-edge research and clinical trials. Most importantly, my patients like me, trust me, and respect me.
Why can I win?
I’m running for Congress in a flippable seat in Houston, Texas. Many people view Texas as a deep red state, but the state is rapidly changing and wants responsible leaders, not hyper-partisan politicians. Hillary Clinton won my district, but the 100% Trump-backing John Culberson was narrowly re-elected. A poll showed Mr. Culberson has a 31% approval rating, and the Cook Political Report rated our race as a “Toss Up”. The district will be one of the most competitive districts in 2018, and here’s why I can win.
- Healthcare was the top issue on voters minds in the 2017 elections, and it will be again 2018. This isn’t a red or blue issue, it affects us all. My unique experience and expertise on this issue will resonate with voters across the spectrum.
- I’m not a hyper-partisan person looking for a career as a go along to get along politician. If I get to D.C. and am told to fall in line or risk losing my seat, I’ll be able to stand my ground. If I lose my seat based on special interest money targeting me because I vote for what I believe in, I’d go back to fighting cancer. I’ll be much more immune to the dark money in D.C. than others who have built their career solely for a run for office.
- I represent the values of our district. Hard work, family, faith, and a belief that tomorrow will be better than today. Our district has many medical and science oriented voters yearning for logic and reason to return to D.C.
- I live in the district. This is not legally required, but the other candidates who live outside our district would try to join the 4% of House members who live outside their district.
- I’m the right person running at the right time for the right reasons.