Former White House doctor running for Congress in Texas

A former White House physician whose nomination to become secretary of Veterans Affairs unraveled last year is running for Congress in Texas

Former Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson joins a crowded field of Republican hopefuls running to replace Rep. Mac Thornberry, who isn't seeking reelection after 25 years in Congress. Jackson filed his candidate paperwork on Monday's deadline in Texas to get on the ballot.

Jackson called the allegations “completely false and fabricated” but ultimately withdrew his name from consideration for the post.

Thornberry, a former chairman of the Armed Services Committee, is one of six House Republicans in Texas who are retiring next year. His district that runs through the Texas Panhandle is safely Republican. Jackson is a native of Levelland, which is near Lubbock although just outside of Thornberry's district.

Jackson graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in marine biology and went on to attend medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, graduating in 1995.