Jasser, Zuhdi

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
U.S. House of Representatives
District:
4
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Age:
56
Occupation:
Physician
Education:
Doctor of Medicine
Family:
Husband to Gada B. Jasser; three children: Zachariah (22), Zaina (19), and Zaid (16).
Religion:
Muslim
Biographical Info:

Dr. Jasser is the son of Syrian political refugee immigrants who escaped Syria in 1966. Born in Canton, Ohio, Zuhdi is a native of the small town of Appleton and then Neenah, Wisconsin. He attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on a full U.S. Navy scholarship. He graduated in May 1992 with a Doctor of Medicine with Honors in Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin which he attended on a full U.S. Navy scholarship. Dr. Jasser served as a General Medical Officer and Medical Department Head aboard the USS El Paso from July 1993 to May 1994 serving in deployment part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Dr. Jasser completed his training in internal medicine at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in 1996 was selected among his peers to be Chief of Residents from 1996 to 1997. Zuhdi was also selected to serve as a staff internist to the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress and U.S. Supreme Court from 1997-99. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for this service at the culmination of 11 years of service May 1999.

Dr. Jasser has been in private practice in Phoenix specializing in internal medicine (primary care) and nuclear cardiology since 1999. He is founder and President of the Jasser Center for Comprehensive Care, in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a trained bioethicist and has long been medical director for bioethics providing ongoing bioethics consultation and education for a major healthcare institution in the Valley since 2003. He has also been recognized several times as a “Top Doc” in Internal Medicine by Phoenix Magazine over the past 24 years.

He has served our community on the Maricopa County Board of Health from 2004 to 2012 as well as the Board of Directors of the Area Agency on Aging from 2007 to 2012. His community service has also included serving as a Board Member for NotMyKid since 2014, an organization dedicated to helping vulnerable youth. He is a Past-President of the Arizona Medical Association serving from 2006-2007 and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. He is also currently one of five delegates for the Arizona Medical Association to the American Medical Association. In that capacity, nationally, he is a founder and past-chair of the Private Practice Physicians’ Section at the AMA House of Delegates. He has led many efforts locally and nationally to strengthen independent private practices and counter the socialization of American medicine. He is also currently a medical director for a local hospice.

Dr. Jasser has also become a prominent activist and expert on jihad, terrorism, religious liberty, the Mid-East, and national security policy. He led the founding of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (in 2003), a counter-ideology, counterterrorism, national security organization based here in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Jasser was presented with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award by the Phoenix Office of the FBI in 2007. He was also recognized as a “Defender of the Home Front” at the Annual Keeper of the Flame Dinner of the Center for Security Policy in 2008. Dr. Jasser was also honored as a keynote speaker at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2010. In March 2011, he was invited to be a lead witness in Chairman Peter King’s (R-NY) Homeland Security Committee hearings on Islamist radicalization in Muslim communities. Dr. Jasser has become a trusted subject-matter expert for several congressional and senate committees over the past 12 years. He has provided testimony to the U.S. Congress on numerous occasions. On March 20, 2012, Dr. Jasser was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a nine-member oversight commission where he served two terms both as a Commissioner and then as Vice-Chair until May 2016.

Dr. Jasser helped lead and co-found in 2015 the Muslim Reform Movement a coalition of pro-liberty anti-Islamist Muslim reform-minded organizations based in the United States, Canada and Europe. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the CLARITy Coalition founded to defend Western values against Islamism.

Dr. Jasser is widely published in this area as a contributing writer to a number of books, journals, newspapers and reports. He has written numerous columns in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Dallas Morning News, and the Arizona Republic to name a few. He is a frequent guest on multiple national news outlets including Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, SkyNews, CBS, Al Jazeera, and BBC and many national radio programs and has appeared in several documentaries. He is the author of the acclaimed book, The Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot Fight to Save His Faith, published by Simon and Schuster in 2012.

Dr. Jasser hosts a popular podcast “REFORM THIS!” on the Blaze Podcast Network.

He is featured in four documentaries America at Risk, Islam vs. Islamists, A Question of Honor, and The Third Jihad.

Zuhdi, and his wife Gada, who is a clinical pharmacist, have been married over 25 years, and have three children, Zachariah (22), Zaina (19), and Zaid (16) all born and raised in Arizona.

Statement:

Arizonans need someone in their foxhole. We need someone who will show up and have our back, no matter what. America’s promise is slipping away. We’re less safe. We’re spending more to buy less. We aren’t sure our children will have a better life than we did. But I have a deep and abiding faith in this country and I believe we can renew that promise. America’s promise is the freedom to live as you choose. It’s the unbridled opportunity to rise, no matter where you come from. It’s the security that comes from creating peace through strength. We need a leader with the courage to speak the truth, no matter the consequences. We need a leader with the clarity to grow our economy, reform education, protect our borders, and strengthen our position on the world stage. I’ve taken on tough fights against radical islam and COVID-19 shutdowns. I’ve served our country in uniform and I’ve served this community as a physician for over 25 years. As a member of Congress, I will never back down from a fight for America or my community.

Survey

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Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S* See my 8 point border plan at: https://zforaz.com/press/zuhdi-jasser-border-security-plan/
2. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O
3. Appointing federal judges who will interpret the U.S. Constitution according to the framers’ original intent or text, rather than by evolving standards. S
4. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," and "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S* See my education plan at: https://zforaz.com/press/dr-zuhdi-jassers-education-reform-plan/
6. Amending the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance the federal budget every year. S
7. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O
8. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S
9. Allowing individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. S
10. Federalizing election law by removing state authority over elections. O
11. Eliminating the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to move most legislation. O
12. Regulating or banning social media platforms that are owned or controlled by certain foreign governments. S