Mehmet Cengiz Oz (born on June 11, 1960) is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania in the midterm election of 2022. Dr. Oz received the coveted endorsement of President Donald Trump on April 8, 2022. However, Oz quickly dropped the Trump branding from his website after securing the a primary victory.
His background includes being an American television celebrity, cardiothoracic surgeon, university professor, author and politician for the Republican party. He was born in Ohio to a Turkish migrant family and is a practicing Muslim. Oz served in the Turkish Army and has close ties to Turkish leader Erdogan.
While running in the crowded GOP primary in the 2022 Senate elections, he has apparently retired from his faculty role at Columbia University. Despite following Islam, he claims to support Israel.
He is married to Lisa Lemole since 1985 and have four children.
- Aila Slisco, Trump-Backed Dr. Oz Wins Senate Primary as David McCormick Concedes, Newsweek, June 3, 2022.
- Dr. Oz Has Apparently Retired from Faculty Role at Columbia University amid Senate Run
Dr. Oz has visited Israel and understands how critical of an ally they are to the United States. Now more than ever our dear ally needs partners in the Senate. It needs leaders that understand the relationship between our countries is more than political; it’s etched into the bedrock of our shared values and our common belief in freedom, equality, and human rights.
- Lisa Oz, Dr. Mehmet Oz's Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Heavy.com, Dec 13, 2021.