White House's Dr. Ronny Jackson seeks seat in Congress 

Ronny Jackson, MD, a former Navy rear admiral and former White House physician, joined a crowded race to represent Texas' 13th congressional district after the retirement of Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, The Texas Tribune reports. 

Dr. Jackson was previously the White House physician for former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. He was nominated by President Trump to lead the VA, but stepped down when allegations surfaced of drunkenness on duty, misdistribution of prescription drugs and hostile workplace behavior. Dr. Jackson denied the allegations. A Defense Department investigation of Dr. Jackson's conduct was ongoing as of his retirement from the Navy earlier this month, according to a CNN report cited by The Texas Tribune

At least 13 other Republicans are also vying for the seat, according to the report. Dr. Jackson has already faced criticism from the competition about his service during the Obama administration. 

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