Candidate Profile
Gary VanDeaver

Republican , Texas


Gary VanDeaver
State Rep., Dist. 1

Panel Rating

Moderate Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Right to Life TX, 2015:  100%
Texas Values Action, 2015:  68%
Empower Texans, 2015:  64%
Eagle Forum TX, 2015:  54%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2015:  51%



Liberal Organizations

Equality Texas, 2015:  F



Selected Contributions


Greg Abbott
Joe Straus, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas State Rifle Association


American Federation of Teachers, Association of Texas Professional Educators, 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 Agree

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 Disagree

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 Disagree

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?

Mankind is created with a desire to grow and improve his station in life. America's Founders were wise to recognize this and carefully define and limit powers in the Constitution. The power of the government must be limited to allow man to grow and develop as intended by his Creator without the interference of a powerful government.

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, Constitution,

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only when clearly a matter of saving the life of the mother.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe God created me and the world around me. I believe He created all to glorify Him. As a born-again believer, I am guided by the principles set forth in the Bible and by the leading of the Holy Spirit as I make decisions on how I live my life. My values are rooted in those principles.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

My voting record clearly exemplifies my conservative values. As a state representative, I voted to reduce taxes, a fiscally responsible budget, to strengthen the defense of human life, the second amendment, and improve accountability in our public schools.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 903-733-6507

Additional comment from candidate:

I consider it an honor to serve in the Texas House of Representatives. I am proud of my conservative record and look forward to continuing to fight for the citizens of HD 1 and all Texans.


  • East Texas State Univ., Commerce, TX, B.S., 1981
  • East Texas State Univ., Commerce. TX, M.S., 1982
  • East Texas State Univ., Commerce. TX, Ed.D., 1996
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • First Baptist Church, New Boston, SS Teacher, Deacon
  • New Boston Chamber of Commerce, Member, Director, Past President
  • Red River County Fair Board, Member
  • Red River County Hospital Board, Member
  • Texas FFA, State Board Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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