Dr. Mahmood: “I am running for Congress because CA-40 needs leaders who wake up every day to solve problems and actually help families in our district.”
A physician with more than two decades of experiencing serving Southern California families, Dr. Mahmood understands the challenges our families face.
Dr. Mahmood is a proven fundraiser and enters the race with endorsements from 11 members of California’s congressional delegation & 4 statewide officeholders
ORANGE COUNTY — Dr. Asif Mahmood, a physician and philanthropist, announced today he is running for Congress today in the newly drawn CA-40.
“I became a doctor because my parents taught me that helping others is our highest calling,” said Dr. Mahmood. “For more than twenty years, I have helped patients overcome their health challenges and go on to lead richer lives. I am running for Congress because CA-40 needs leaders who wake up every day to solve problems and actually help families in our district.”
Dr. Mahmood has treated thousands of patients over the last twenty years: patients in the ER, critical care, inpatients, and as they leave the hospital. Asif has made it a rule in his practice — if a patient doesn’t have insurance, his office won’t ask for payment.
Dr. Mahmood enters the race with 12 congressional endorsements and the support of 4 California statewide office holders, as well as the endorsement of Irvine’s mayor. In 2018, he ran for insurance commissioner, raising more than $2.3 million for the race. Dr. Mahmood is in a strong position to take on Congresswoman Young Kim.
“Families in the new 40th district work hard. We put our heads together to solve problems. When our neighbors face hard times, we help each other,” said Dr. Mahmood, “But politicians like Congresswoman Young Kim aren’t lifting a finger to help families here at home. Our country has big problems, but Congresswoman Kim is fighting against common-sense solutions that have broad bipartisan support.”
Just days before the Orange County oil spill, Congresswoman Kim voted against billions in disaster aid for our communities. She has taken thousands of dollars in Big Oil contributions, and even after the spill, she isn’t doing a thing to stop drilling off our coasts. Dr. Mahmood believes in science and climate change, and I will fight to end our addiction to Big Oil.
Congresswoman Kim wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And as the Supreme Court looks to reverse Roe V. Wade, Congresswoman Kim supported repealing a woman’s right to choose. In his own practice, Dr. Mahmood has seen how families struggle to afford care and knows the importance of reproductive health care. In Congress, he will fight to make healthcare more affordable and will protect a woman’s right to choose.
Congresswoman Kim voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill to fix our roads and bridges. Dr. Mahmood will fight to improve California’s roads and bridges.
In addition to his work as a physician, Asif has been a leader in non-profit and philanthropic organizations across Southern California. He is a leader for UNICEF and volunteers at a free clinic. He also serves on the California Medical Board and on the board of the Valley Rescue Mission, the largest homeless shelter in Southern California. He is the chair of the Organization for Social Media Safety, which works to fight cyber-bullying and cyber-exploitation of children.
Rep. Mike Levin
Rep. Tony Cardenas
Rep. Brad Sherman
Rep. Norma Torres
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Ted Lieu
Rep. Jim Costa
Rep. Jimmy Gomez
Rep. Karen Bass
Rep. Ro Khanna
Rep. Alan Lowenthal
Rep Gregory Meeks, chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee
CA Lt Gov Eleni Kounalakis
CA Treasurer Betty Yee
CA Attorney General Rob Bonta
CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan