Candidate Profile
J.D. Sheffield

Republican , Texas


J.D. Sheffield
State Rep., Dist. 59

Panel Rating

Moderate Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Empower Texans, 2015:  51%
Texas Values Action, 2015:  50%
Right to Life TX, 2015:  49%
Eagle Forum TX, 2015:  38%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2015:  33%



Liberal Organizations

Equality Texas, 2015:  F




Reported by Candidate

Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Association of Business

Selected Contributions


Brian Birdwell, Doug Miller, Eva Guzman, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, National Rifle Association, Republican Women's Organizations and 3 more
Associated Builders and Contractors, Barry 'Kip' Averitt, Charlie Geren, Conservative Republicans of Texas, Jimmie Don Aycock, Mark Shelton and 3 more


American Federation of Teachers, Association of Texas Professional Educators, League Of Conservation Voters, Texas Parent PAC







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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

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

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Disagree

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Strongly Disagree

The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

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.


  • Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center, Denton TX, DO
  • Howard Payne Univ., Brownwood TX, BA
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Boys and Girls Club, Board member
  • Levita Volunteer Fire Department, Board member/volunteer
  • State Rep, Dist. 59, Held 1 term

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