Candidate Profile
Tommy Merritt

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Tommy Merritt
Party
Republican
Race
Agriculture Commissioner
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Heritage Alliance TX (HA), 2012:  47%

47%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

NARAL Pro-Choice TX, 2012:  0%

0%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Texas Conservative Review

Reported by Candidate

1
Rick Hardcastle former Chair of the Ag Comm. Gary Polland (Texas Conservative Review) Terry Lowry (What's Up Radio/Link Letter) Con. Ralph Hall Sen. Kevin Eltife DPS Officers Association Texas State Fire Fighters Association POLICE Inc. Donnie Gay (8-time PCRA world champ)

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
7
Chuck Hopson, Doug Miller, Joe Straus, John Cornyn, Ralph Hall, Republican Women's Organizations, Rick Santorum
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
18
Barry 'Kip' Averitt, David Dewhurst, David M. Sibley, Sr., Kenneth "Kim" Brimer, Kevin Eltife, Lamar Smith and 12 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Delwin Jones, Texas Parent PAC
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
10
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Conservative Voters of Texas, Delwin Jones and 4 more

Summary

33%

LIBERAL

67%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

4. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

7. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

9. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

11. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Strongly Agree

14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.

Strongly Agree

16. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

17. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God; Voters; the U.S. Constitution; the U.S. Supreme Court; Congress

18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My value and belief system is based upon my Christian faith, the Bible, and the hard work ethic instilled in me by my parents as a child.


Background

Education
  • Kilgore College, Kilgore, TX, n/a, 1968
  • Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX, BBA, 1970
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Junior Achievement
  • Boy Scouts
  • Newgate Mission
  • Janet Herrington Merritt Rangerette Scholarship
  • Kilgore High Bulldog Booster Club
  • Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
  • Texas Farm Bureau
  • First Baptist Church (Longview & Kilgore)
Offices
  • State Representative, District 7, Held 1997-2011
  • Sabine River Authority, Held 1990-1996
  • State Representative, District 7, Sought 2012
 

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