Birthdate: June 10, 1960
Birth Place: Manila, , Philippines
Residence: Howland Township, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marisha Agana was born in Manila in the Philippines and now lives in Howland Township, Ohio. She earned bachelor's degrees in business economics and pre-medicine from the University of the Philippines. She earned a medical degree in 1989 from the University of East Raymon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines.
Agana said that then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines when she was 12 and that she peacefully demonstrated against his regime during her college years.
She immigrated to the United States in 1987, becoming a citizen in 1989.
She completed her residency in pediatrics at Rush Children's Hospital in Chicago in 1992 and earned a master's degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Health in 2000.
She owns and manages a pediatric practice in Warren, Ohio.
She is divorced, with three children.
Marisha Agana (pronounced ah-GAHN'-uh), who had not previously held or run for public office, ran unopposed in the March 2012 Republican primary for Ohio's new 13th Congressional District.
The reconfigured 13th District consists largely of the old 17th District, which Democrat Tim Ryan had represented since 2003. Even as the new 13th District, it remained one of the most Democratic districts in the state.
Agana, said in May 2012 that she had voted twice for Ryan before deciding he had "broken" his promises to voters.
Agana, a pediatrician, said her concerns for patients, the practice of medicine, and freedom in the United States prompted her to run for Congress.
"Sadly, I see the health care act as this government's plan to take over our freedom," she said in a 2012 interview. "I know so because I have experienced it in my home country."
Agana has said her main concerns as a member of Congress would be jobs, health care and energy. She said Ohio has the power to create thousands of jobs and she pledged to work to keep Washington bureaucracy from interfering with that.
Agana also has said she wants to lower the cost of health care in ways that would not undermine the patient-doctor relationship.
"I have developed strength from my firsthand experience of losing my freedom in the Philippines," she said on her website. "That same strength helps me address the suffering of the families I see in my practice."
The 2010 health care reform law hurts middle class taxpayers by creating new and higher taxes to pay for overextended governmental spending, Agana says. She said the legislation will interfere with doctors' abilities to heal patients and will drive up insurance costs, forcing many small businesses to close.
Agana also pledged to work to for energy independence so that America's working families would be able to access American-made products at reasonable prices.
She supported drilling for oil and natural gas _ both offshore and in Ohio and other parts of the United States _ and the use of coal and other natural resources which she says are needed to maintain America's energy independence.
Agana also pledged to work to balance the U.S. budget and reduce the country's debt.
Her experience as a businesswoman made her realize the need for a balanced budget to create a stable economy, she says.
Source: Associated Press