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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 53

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James Veltmeyer

97,968 votes (33%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a healthcare law that puts patients and doctors first and not insurance companies.
  • Strong Defense and National Security. It is urgent that U.S. armed forces be modernized to meet our security commitments and threats we face.
  • Reduce taxes and burdensome government regulations. Congress should ease burden on businesses and thereby encourage growth and more employment.



Profession:Medical Doctor. Chief, Department of Family Medicine at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, Sharp Grossmont Hospital (2012–current)
Hospitalist, Department Internal Medicine, SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL (2009–current)
Hospitalist, Department Internal Medicine, ALVARADO HOSPITAL (2009–current)
BioMedical Ethics Committee Member, BioMedical Ethics Department — Appointed position (2009–current)
Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, Sharp Grossmont Hospital — Elected position (2012–current)
Vice Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL (2010–2012)
Chief, Family Medicine Resident, Uinversity California of San Francisco – Fresno Family & Community Medicine — Elected position (2007–2008)
Committee Appointee , Internal Review Committee for the Residency Prog, University California of San Francisco – Fresno Residency Program, Fresno — Elected position (2007–2008)
Program Director/Teacher, Director of McLane H.S. Medical Educational and Research Program Medicine Camp — Elected position (2006–2006)


University California, San Franscisco-Fresno Doctor of Medicine, M.D., Family Medicine Residency (2008)
Ross University School of Medicine Medical Doctor, Board Certified in Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2004)
University of California, San Diego Bachelor of Science Degree , Biology (1997)

Community Activities

American Board of Family Medicine, Medical Member, American Board of Family Medicine (2004–current)
Chief, Family Medicine Resident, University California of San Francisco – Fresno Family & Community Medicine (2007–2008)
Committee Appointee -Internal Review Committee for the Residency Program Ac, Uinversity California of San Francisco – Fresno Residency Program (2007–2008)
Program Director/Teacher-Director of McLane H.S. Medical Educational and Re, McLane H.S., Fresno, CA (2006–2006)
Community Service- , Director of McLane High School Medical Magnet Summer Camp (2006–2006)



Dr. Veltmeyer is an Ecuadorian born, legal United States Citizen, and exemplifies the American Dream.  Like many Latinos, Dr. Veltmeyer immigrated to the United States through hardship which strengthened his determination to achieve greatness.  He has come from humble beginnings, living homeless on the streets of South America, and has a powerful story of success and appreciation of America.  


He is currently the Chief of Family Medicine at one of the largest hospitals in San Diego.  As a Doctor he cares for the community on a daily basis and he would like to do the same for the constituents of San Diego and America in Washington DC.  It is time for a new generation for the American dream and determined leadership - only a Doctor can help remedy San Diego and America.




Twitter: @Veltmeyer53rd


Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from James Veltmeyer:


As a sovereign nation with national security and economic requirements, the United States must determine who can enter.  Those who enter the country must have permission, whether immigrants or visitors.  The federal government has been too lax in allowing entry without permission or permitting people to overstay their visa terms.  This has to be fixed.




It is critical for the federal government to increase border security. Maintaining the physical security of our nation is a central responsibility of the national government, and that will mean increased manpower and increase physical barriers along critical portions of both our northern and southern borders.




Immigration to America is a privilege, not a right.  The United States needs to overhaul the immigration laws to insure that new immigrants will benefit the country through their skills, knowledge, and desire to assimilate.   Sponsors must be legally required to support their immigrants until they are self-sufficient. 


Partisan Political Climate

The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?

No answer provided.
What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from James Veltmeyer:


The U.S. needs to focus on suppressing the expansion of the Islamic State and al-Qaida wherever they exist, either in concert with allied regimes or unilaterally.  This should be done as surgically as possible to limit collateral damage.  The U.S. should have the smallest footprint in the region that allows the mission to be accomplished.  NATO ally Turkey should be encouraged to play a larger role in regional affairs. 




Above all, the U.S. needs to consider its national interest first, which is to take whatever action is necessary to bring an end to radical Islamic terrorism which exasperates already difficult regional political transition. 




The Iranian government must be held accountable for any effort to build nuclear weapons.   Violations must have serious consequences.  



The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $122,886

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Sharp HealthCare
James Veltmeyer
Employees of Unlimited Drilling & Foundations
Employees of San Diego Central Care
Employees of Genesis HealthCare

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.99%
Nevada 1.23%
Illinois 0.99%
Michigan 0.39%
New York 0.39%

By Size:

Large contributions (89.93%)
Small contributions (10.07%)

By Type:

From organizations (3.45%)
From individuals (96.55%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Dr. James Veltmeyer for Congress - 53rd District
  • Defending Our Nation 
    To safeguard our nation's security, James feels that Congress must act decisively to ensure that U.S. armed forces be modernized to meet our commitments and threats we face. Critical modernization actions needed are the expansion of our naval forces, upgrades to long-range bombers and fighter jet capabilities and increased funding for conventional forces to ensure that we retain our most experienced and accomplished personnel.

  • Repeal Affordable Care Act 
    As a doctor, James knows the endless regulations that the Affordable Care Act forces upon doctors.  The Affordable Care Act, has been disruptive, expensive and confusing.  The scheme is troubling becuase it is shifting health care decision-making to bureaucrats.  Dr. Veltmeyer values the relationship with his patients, and as a Congressman, he will work to restore the strength of that bond.  It is time to keep the confidential medical decision-making relationship between the doctor and patient.  

  • No New Taxes 
    Small business owners cite taxes and excessive government regulations as the impediments to growth of their companies.  Congress should ease the burden on those businesses and thereby encourage growth and more employment.  James Veltmeyer supports the No New Taxes pledge and as our Congressman, he will fight to roll-back unnecessary regulations.  Ensuring a vibrant economy is the surest path back to full employment.

Videos (3)

— October 17, 2016 Dr. James Veltmeyer Campaign

As the the Chief of Family Medicine Dr. James Veltmeyer would like to help the communities of San Diego and he is currently a Congressional Candidate for the 53rd District. This video captures his outreach in local communities and testimony from doctors who believe Dr. Veltmeyer is the perfect candidate to work for San Diego in Congress.

— October 17, 2016 The Republican Party of San Diego

Dr. James Veltmeyer discusses his humble beginnings from living homeless on the streets of Ecuador to presently being the Chief of Family Medicine at one of San Diego's largest medical facilites, Sharps Grossmont Hospital.  Dr. Veltmeyer is an exceptional example of living the American Dream.  He running for Congressional District 53rd, he is a fluent in Spanish and a leader in the Latino Community.  As a Doctor he opposes the Affordable Care Act, believes that we need to modernize the military for the safety of armed services personnel, and decrease the burden of taxation on small businesses so that more jobs can be created. 

— October 26, 2016 Dr. James Veltmeyer Campaign

Meet Dr. James Veltmeyer Candidate for District 53rd Congressional seat. Dr. Veltmeyer is committed to helping the community and America. Go Veltmeyer!

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