Issues

Before I ask for your vote, you deserve to know where I stand on key conservative issues…

At my very core, I am a conservative who believes government is too big, spends too much, and over-regulates those who create jobs and fuel our economy.   As State Representative I will be a principled conservative with clear, consistent, conservative positions.   I will do everything in my power to protect the sanctity of life, secure our borders, promote excellence in education, and protect our Second Amendment freedoms.   I also believe it is the duty of our state to protect itself from the financial and human cost of unchecked illegal immigration where our federal government has failed.

My Platform: 

Stop Austin spending
Focus resources towards teachers & students
Secure our border
Pro-life, pro-family
Fight ObamaCare
Job creation & economic development
Defend Second Amendment rights
Defend property rights

Stop the Austin Spending Spree

In a sobering editorial entitled, “Texas Goes Sacramento,” the Wall Street Journal decried the Texas Legislature’s unprecedented spending spree during its 83rd Session, which increased spending by 26% from the previous session and grew nearly every area of state government.  I stand with the thirty courageous Republicans voted against this unprecedented growth in government.  Fiscal sanity in the Texas House is imperative and will be my top priority as State Representative.

End Robin Hood & Focus Resources Toward Teachers & Students

Robin Hood is the number one problem in Texas public education and must be abolished.  In addition, school funding is systemically flawed and must be reformed, with an emphasis on driving dollars to the classroom and where they belong.  I would eliminate costly mandates, thereby freeing up more resources for our teachers and students, and return local control to promote greater efficiency in our public schools.

Secure Our Border & Oppose Benefits for Illegals

As the son of an Italian immigrant who came to America legally, I know first-hand that illegal immigration undermines the rule of law, threatens to overwhelm our social services, and is unfair to those who follow the rules and apply for citizenship legally.

I believe it is the duty of our state to protect itself from the financial and human cost of unchecked illegal immigration where our federal government has failed. Benefits for illegal immigrants should be terminated and the Texas DREAM act repealed.  I also support laws that would provide penalties for employers that do not use e-Verify, prohibit localities from enacting “sanctuary city” policies, and require local law enforcement to inquire about the immigration status of detained individuals and report any person found to be in violation of federal immigration laws.

Prioritize Pro-Life & Pro-Family Legislation

We are blessed that our Governor forced House leadership to address pro-life legislation by calling a special session to force the Legislature to address the issue.  I believe that life begins at conception and pledge to support any legislation that has the effect of restricting abortion or extending full legal protection to the unborn.  I also believe in the protection of marriage as between one man and one woman and oppose any attempt by the government to recognize domestic partnerships, civil unions, or any legal construct similar to marriage between same sex partners.

Fight ObamaCare and Opposing Medicaid Expansion

Federal healthcare mandates are threatening to overwhelm the Texas state budget, and taxpayers will be on the hook for the unintended consequences of ObamaCare.  We must stand up against every attempt to implement Obamacare or expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

Advocate Job Creation & Economic Development

The cultivation of the free market is the most effective way to encourage economic development.  Because of its favorable business environment, Texas has created more jobs in the last decade than all other states combined.  Texas must continue to promote job growth and improve the economy by keeping taxes low and minimizing government regulation.

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Defend Second Amendment Rights

I am ‘A’ Rated by the NRA and a Texas Concealed Handgun License holder who believes our God-given Second Amendment right to bear arms cannot be infringed.  I will oppose any further regulation of firearm ownership by law-abiding individuals and seek to repeal existing laws which infringe on Texans’ Second Amendment rights.  As an individual who has spoken extensively on the Second Amendment, you can listen to my interview on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk radio show discussing recent Second Amendment decisions in the federal courts here:  Tom Gersham’s Gun Talk, or see a video of my speech at the Day of Resistance rally here:  Day of Resistance Rally.

Defend Property Rights

The respect and protection we afford our God-given property rights is greater than every other civilization that has come before us.   However, over the past 80 years, these rights have been slowly eroding.  I support further citizen protections against eminent domain takings and would ensure private property owners subject to such takings are compensated for at least the full appraised value of their property.


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