Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
I support using a party caucus to nominate my party's candidate for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and I pledge to vote for my party's nominee.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Abortion is only morally permissible when the mother's life is at risk. Otherwise, there is no justifiable moral reason for allowing abortion. If elected, I will fight to protect the lives of the innocent--those who cannot protect their own lives yet. Abortion is a tragedy, and we must defeat it.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The founders saw firsthand what absolute power does to a nation--they lived under the rule of King George III. They knew that centralized power, whether in an executive or a federal government would lead to tyranny and a destruction of individual liberty. It is this natural tendency that led to a system of checks and balances and a separation of powers. As this system erodes, so does liberty.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in God, I am a Catholic. He who is last shall be first. I believe in sharing my Love, knowledge, and wealth with others.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
28 years of commissioned military service. Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
There are several great ways to bring down unemployment, including: increasing investment, better and new job training, rewarding entrepreneurship, and improving education. The state government should focus on all of these issues to combat unemployment and allow Texans the opportunity to live a good life.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Lawmakers should work with doctors and patients to create a framework in which positive free market outcomes can be realized. I believe such a framework would include opening up competition and allowing insurance companies to compete with each other. This competition will lead to lower prices and higher quality. The government should also work to allow more insurance companies to enter the marketplace, which will also decrease costs and increase quality.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The government should provide a structure for economic growth, which includes lowering regulation, preventing monopolies, and allowing small businesses to thrive. This also includes allowing people to keep more of their own money and rewarding entrepreneurship.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I served 28 years in the U.S. Army. While in the Army I held command and control positions. I attended military leadership schools, and was a teacher.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I believe there is always a solution to a problem. I am also a good listener, effective leader, effective communicator, coalition and consensus builder.