Candidate Profile
George Lavender

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
George Lavender
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 1
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

97%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

2
Cathie Adams, Young Conservatives of Texas

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
Charlie Geren, Dan Patrick, Kevin Eltife, State Republican Party Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
25
Allen Fletcher, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated Republicans of Texas, Conservative Republicans of Texas, David Simpson, Drew Springer and 19 more

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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.

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.

Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

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.

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?

Power can corrupt even honest people, and it is hard to make people give up that power if not checked. Using the separation of powers there should be, and until recently has been, a separation of power which has led to prosperity, more freedom, and less government. Our current government is an example of what happens when the judicial and executive branches make law and circumvent the legislature.The will of the people is not done when this happens.

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.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life of the mother.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born again Believer in Jesus Christ. I believe that the Bible is the word of God. I believe that our country must turn back to God because any country that turns it's back on God is doomed to fail. I believe that God is the only solution to the problems we have in our nation and world, and that we only need leaders who believe and listen to Him.

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.

I have worked and voted for less government, taxes, and regulations. I have voted and worked to eliminate abortion, and filed a bill to do that. I have voted and worked for pro growth legislation such as elimination of property and business taxes for our state. I led the fight to kill an increase in the vehicle registration tax. I wrote and pushed the Open carry law (HB 700) to expand our 2nd amendment rights, and voted for other 2nd amendment bills, which gave me an A+ from the NRA. As a Homeland Security and Public Safety committee member, I called for the Texas DPS to deport all illegals the DPS detained. I do believe that immigration is one of the few things the Federal government is supposed to do, but they won't so we must. I also called for Texas to stand up to the Federal government and agencies and say, "NO" when they were damaging to Texans, which is much of the time.

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

george@georgelavender.com 903-838-7348

Additional comment from candidate:

While in office I voted for Texas to reject Obamacare (which we did). I voted to pass "Voter ID' (which we did). I voted against Common Core, which my opponent defends. I voted to strengthen private property rights (SB 18). Question # 12 says the founders created a "pure Democracy". They did not, we live in a Republic. I also voted to eliminate state funds for Planned Parenthood. Thank you.


Background

Education
  • Arkansas High School, Texarkana, 1973
  • University of Arkansas, fayetteville, bsba, 1978
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • 1st Choice pregnancy Center, contributor
  • Watersprings Ranch, contributor
  • First Baptist Church, Member/inactive deacon
  • boys and girls club, board member/coach
  • Texarkana housing authority, board member
Offices
  • State Rep, Held 4
  • stste rep hd1, Sought 2008
 

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