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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 53

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Famela Ramos

Licensed Nurse/Mother
14,966 votes (7.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthcare. I will work to reduce inefficiencies and monopolies associated with healthcare. The USA spends more than any other country for healthcare but is ranked 17th by WHO. I will work to fix this
  • Immigration. I will strive to create merit based mechanisms for legal entry into the USA. Compassion balanced with respect for the USA will guide development of policies dealing with existing illegal immigrants and their offspring.
  • Economy. I am committed to creating and maintaining a prosperous economy through minimizing taxes and red tape, while providing help to businesses in the form of grants and loans.



Profession:Nurse, researcher and businesswoman
Director of Business Development, Therapeutic Solutions International (2017–current)
Board Member, Silent Voices, a 501c3 Pregnancy Resource Center — Elected position (2018–current)
President, Right to Try Foundation — Elected position (2019–current)


Grossmont Health Occupations, San Diego, CA Licensed Vocational Nurse (2010)


Famela Ramos is a Nurse, a Researcher, and a Politician.  Famela is Running for the Congress in the 52nd Congressional District.

Ms. Ramos came to the United States from the Philippines at the age of two, when her father joined the United States Navy.  Her parents worked tirelessly to support the family of 5 children, all of which became successful entrepreneurs and Government Employees.

As a nurse, Famela has experience from the beginning of life, having practiced in pediatric nursing, to the end of life, having worked as a hospice nurse.  Her excellence in nursing and research is attested by 7 peer reviewed publications that she collaborated with Academy and Industry in advancing cutting edge research in immunology and regenerative medicine. 

The first paper, was a collaboration with the Moores Cancer Center and several biotechnology companies, describing the state of the art in cancer immunotherarpy, and proposing future directions[1].  The second paper, discussed the possibility of stimulating regeneration of injured lung stem cells using specific types of laser and light based interventions, this was a collaboration between the University of Utah and the University of California, San Diego[2]. The third paper, a collaboration between a nutraceutical company and Indiana University, demonstrated the beneficial effects of a nutritional supplement on circulating stem cells in healthy volunteers[3].  The fourth publication, was the first successful use of two different types of stem cells in a patient with heart failure, which resulted in a profound improvement[4].  The fifth publication is a report of 114 patients that were treated with umbilical cord blood stem cells and demonstrated safety and signals of efficacy in collaboration with a Chinese Biotech company[5]. The sixth publication was successful treatment of a spinal cord injury patient with stem cells[6].  The seventh publication was the basis for an investigational new drug (IND) application to the FDA, describing use of fat stem cells to treat aplastic anemia[7].

Ms Ramos has established the Right to Try Foundation, which assists companies in utilizing this new law that allows for accelerated patient access to experimental medication.  Through this Foundation Ms Ramos facilitated the first utilization of a cancer vaccine in the United States, and has been assisting both public and private companies.  Most recently the Foundation has collaborated on filing new patents for means of implementing the Right to Try Law[8].

Ms Ramos is a board member of Silent Voices, a Pregnancy Resource Center that provides counselling to woman in emergency pregnancies, alternatives to abortion, and for woman that do choose abortion, post abortion support.

Ms Ramos has been endorsed by business and community leaders as well as nationally known athletes including Dr. Peter Farrell, founder of Resmed, a $18 billion company, and Wes Chandler, an NFL Hall of Fame San Diego Charger.









Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Famela Ramos:

Intrastructure is critical to a functioning economy.  I would support modernization of infrastructure and its upkeep through tolls on usage, bonds, and private-public partnerships.  All fundraising methods must be transparent and participants must be accountable to the stakeholders. 

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Famela Ramos:

Healthcare should be personalized, patient centered, and not exclude those with pre-existing conditions. 

While I believe it is important that everyone has access to good medical care that is reliable and affordable, I do not believe that government monopoly, which restricts freedoms to both the patient and the employer is a good thing. 

I will fight for innovative approaches to Health Care, and support legislation which provides win-win solutions for all stakeholders. 

Specifically, I will allow access to insurance providers across state lines, promote innovation, stimulate free enterprise, and increase tansparency. 

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Famela Ramos:

A nation without borders is not a nation.  Despite the complex, emotional debates, with passionate and potentially valid beliefs on all sides, being an immigrant from the Philippines, I understand and support the essential need for legal immigration.  While we are a nation of immigrants, we are not a cesspool for foreign ideologies and cultures who refuse to integrate into our way of life to take advantage of us.  I will work with my colleagues to promote immigration reform that puts the Constitution and America first.  We need to reform our asylum laws , have a merit based system and reinforce our borders, while keeping migrant families together.  

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $49,477

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

Employees of Biorasi
Employees of Erica Pongun Hair
Employees of Global Knights,inc.
Employees of Nassir Azimi, Md
Employees of ResMed

More information about contributions

By State:

California 79.68%
Florida 7.03%
Texas 7.03%
New York 5.02%
Other 1.25%

By Size:

Large contributions (81.76%)
Small contributions (18.24%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a nurse, Im proud that Ive participated in ground-breaking medical research. I was drawn to the healthcare field because I wanted to help people.


As a mother, my most important job, I am blessed with four wonderful children who are learning the story of our great country.


I am a conservative running for Congress because I believe we must lower taxes, reduce our national debt and make our federal government more accountable.


Supporting our military will be a priority for me as a Member of Congress.  I support a strong national defense and firmly believe we must expand the capability of our Navy to address the threats sure to come over the next decade. 


Improving the care of our nations veterans is a related priority for me. The Veterans Administration is slowly improving after the neglect of the prior administration, but as a nurse, I will hold the bureaucrats responsible.


I stand firmly with Israel, and believe in the Constitution, the Second Amendment and the sanctity of life.


This country faces formidable global economic challenges now and in the years to come, but I have great confidence in the strong will and spirit of American workers. As with past threats and hardships, I know that our nation will prevail.


I am running for Congress to bring tough fiscal discipline to our federal government. I ask that you join me in this work and support me in the election on March 3. Thank you for your consideration.



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