Masterman – Smith (D)
integrity, honesty, commitment
Time for a Change
I am a cancer scientist, pharmacologist and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) researcher. Working with children suffering from brain cancer, I found a purpose in translational medicine where, in studying these children’s cancers he identified unique cells called cancer stem cells. This discovery stimulated new thinking about cancer and helped revolutionize the field and sped up the development of improved therapies.
Through my experience, I know very well the remarkable achievements the U.S. can make when we take our problems head on. In Congress, I will sponsor legislation that creates a federal medical cannabis program. I will be a leading voice in Congress for policies that are effective in improving healthcare, preventing overmedication, solving our opioid epidemic and putting our healthcare system on track to sustainability. I’ll champion evidence-based policies, establish a coherent national security policy and commit the U.S. to a sustainable future which combats the unfolding global calamity of climate change. I’ll steward policies that support an innovation economy which creates high paying jobs and a robust manufacturing base while keeping the U.S. competitive in the world.
I grew up just outside the gates of the former U.S. Army Signal Corps headquarters at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey where my dad was a military satellite communications pioneer. My mom is a public school reading teacher and children’s author. My older brother, sister-in-law, two nephews and mom now live in rural Georgia. I received my PhD in Molecular & Medical Pharmacology from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. I am currently co-founder of a Los Angeles based start-up pharmaceutical company focused on hard-to-treat conditions and diseases.
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I will spearhead a federal investigation into the Aliso Canyon methane leak and the health problems caused by it. Because the facility sits on the same fault line as the historic Northridge earthquake, we will also examine the overall safety of the facility and the risk of additional leaks. Above all, we will hold the owners accountable. I […]
I will push for the clean up of toxic and nuclear waste from my district’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory and will not rest until it is a habitable site. Due to the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, and a half century of nuclear power and rocket testing, nuclear and toxic waste has built up and […]
We are two states away from ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. It will be a historic day for the civil rights movement when the Women’s Equal Rights Amendment is passed. Women deserve equal pay for equal work, reproductive health rights, and protection from the kind of brutality that hurts and denigrates our society.
American education is failing to prepare our future generations to carry out their civic responsibilities and our students fall further and further behind the rest of the world. In 2015, our high school students ranked 41st in math, 24th in reading and 25th in science internationally. This is alarming. My mother was a teacher of reading […]
Mass shootings are growing increasingly common in America. Sadly, it is easy for an American to obtain a military grade weapon and commit mass murder. We cannot allow our families to be gunned down because of gaping holes in our gun policies. We need background checks, waiting periods and a coherent and functional system in place to […]
Today, seventeen years into the Global War on Terror, America is in the midst of suffering from what historian Paul Kennedy described as “imperial overstretch.” Although U.S. forces conduct active military operations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia, we do not have clear policy objectives. America needs a coherent national security policy with clear and […]
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