Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.
More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.
Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.
Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.
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.
Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
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.
Free-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.
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.
The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.
Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.
Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.
Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.
The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.
Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
A system of enumerated powers is important, because it places limits on the government’s ability to accumulate powers. It is the nature of government to seek more power and limiting that power is important to maintain our freedom. Today, the federal government has accumulated too much power. We need to seek to remove those abusive powers and return them to the states and the citizens.
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 • Constitution • Voters • Congress • Supreme Court • Industry
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
My job, as a family physician, is to care for patients throughout the progression of life. I believe life begins at conception, and it is my job to care for the wellbeing of a mother and child. That is why I am pro-life and oppose abortion except in instances of rape, incest, to save the life of the mother, or if severe fetal abnormalities render the pregnancy not viable.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian, saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. My faith is the foundation of my life as a doctor, community member, and state representative. I attend Coryell Community Church and First Baptist Church in Gatesville.
Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?
Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.
I am a conservative. By staying true to my conservative values, I assisted in the passage of the strongest pro-life law in Texas history, I supported open-carry legislation, I cut taxes by $5.1 billion in my two terms in the House, and I helped draft the most conservative budget in Texas history.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
Additional comment from candidate:
I believe my duty to patients goes beyond providing them with medical care. I also want to do my part to protect our traditional values and rural Texas way of life. I am humbled by the trust the voters have placed in me, and I will continue to work hard for our district.