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.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
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.
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.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I am 100% pro-life. Persecution of the unborn must stop; we must offer a future and hope through adoption. By sharing the adoption tax credit with the birth mother and the adopting parents we can encourage life and better equip families for success.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
We must fight and destroy radical Islamic terror wherever it is found. Our safety from threats both foreign and domestic must be the primary concern of the United States. A robust defense starts by securing our borders, continues through an unwavering support for our troops and ends with a no-nonsense approach to foreign policy.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Our founding fathers possessed a discerning nature and deep understanding of the Judaeo-christian values with which they were raised and the values and culture of the colonies which eventually lead to the founding of the United States of America. A discerning nature and wisdom and belief in God were the cornerstone of the values behind the Constitution.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a deacon at my local church and posses a long history in international missionary work. This legacy of service demonstrates my conviction and foundation of Christian values. I have a deep love of faith, family and country. I share the same traditional American values that our Founding Fathers practiced and those same values that stand as the cornerstone of the American Dream.
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?
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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster that has left many of us frustrated. The quality of medical care has not improved, doctors are discouraged and most importantly, we the people are frustrated. We must improve healthcare by removing state-by-state restrictions and encouraging competition. Free market solutions along with tort reform and improved healthcare savings accounts are the meaningful changes that will improve our broken system.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
We must fight to keep jobs in America. Great paying jobs are critical to stable, successful families. Government should not select favorites, businesses should be allowed to compete on an even playing field. For decades we have steadily encouraged businesses to leave the United States through burdensome regulations, robbing Americans of opportunity for their families. This must stop. It is essential that we are competitive in a global economy. Regulatory burdens need to be eased for exporters and job creators so they actually want to create jobs here instead of overseas.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
I totally support President Trump and the GOP’s most recent Tax Bill. As Ronald Reagan said, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” This needs to stop. With record tax revenues in 2016 and an ever-growing national debt, it is clear that more taxes are not the answer. As a successful business owner, I understand how to budget and promote growth. Our nation has not passed a balanced budget in 16 years. We must produce a balanced budget, lower taxes, simplify the tax code and slash away out-of-control government programs to reduce our national debt. Instead of passing more taxes, I will fight to stop the government from wasting our hard-earned money.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Cut regulations, lower taxes and release the power of a free enterprise system. Small businesses must be supported, we cannot continue strapping the hands of our job-creating businesses behind their backs. Houston must be the site of choice for major capital and employment efforts. We need to continue to compete with the other major US and global markets to promote our city as the best place to raise families, build commercial real estate projects and grow the next generation of bioscience, technological and educational leaders.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Social Security is a crucial support system for our Seniors who have paid into this system their entire lives, but there are many things wrong with the way it works now. Social Security is a train headed for a dead end with no brakes. It is Congress’s responsibility to ensure Social Security switches tracks before it is too late.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
As a deacon at my local church and my activity in international missionary work, I love to serve others. I am also the only candidate who has successfully created hundreds of jobs. I am a conservative. I have always been a conservative and I don’t need polling data to tell me what I think. My faith in God’s love, my passion for service and success as a businessman make me the most qualified candidate to serve Texas’ 2nd Congressional District.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I’m going to Washington DC to fight for Our Values – the values you and I share. I know what it means to be a part of the American dream. I grew up in a small 2-bedroom house in South Texas. When I was 18 I started my company, my Mom entrusted me with her last $1,000 and I worked 20-hour days to turn her trust into a multi-million dollar organization that has created jobs throughout Houston. I was the first person in my family to graduate with a bachelors degree and the first to attend graduate school. My wife, Shannon, is still my best friend after 15 years of faithful marriage; God’s given us a wonderful family. As a Seminary Board Member and Baptist Deacon, we are as conservative as they come. I have been faithful to my family, diligent in my work, awestruck by my God and I promise to make you proud of your Congressman. Let’s do this together!