Candidate Profile
Jonathan "Jonny" Havens

Republican , Texas


Jonathan "Jonny" Havens
U.S. Rep., Dist.2

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Kevin Barber, Texas Veterans Commissioner, Brigadier General (Ret.) Joe Ramirez, Hiram Sasser, Shane Gilroy, Colonel (Ret.) Drew Meyerowich, Bill Kroger

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Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton







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

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

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?

I follow the Catholic Church’s well-reasoned and faithful positions on abortion. Therefore, I support outlawing abortion.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

The United States must fight radical Islamic terrorism at its economic and ideological roots. Growing the United States economy will reduce the chance of home-grown extremists. For foreign-based radical Islamic terrorism, the United States must use a carrot and stick approach. Using economic incentives to develop economies in countries where terrorism may flourish while aggressively attacking radical Islamic terrorist groups where ever we find them.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

America’s Founders recognized that mankind naturally seeks to accrue power. American’s Founders rightly took action to limit and channel this basic feature of mankind through a written Constitution, which includes many checks and balances.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a proud Catholic who believes that Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I strive to live the values of Jesus Christ as shown through scripture.

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.

You can see my website at for information validating my views.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I would repeal ObamaCare and implement tax reform, market reform, and individual consumer reforms to restore market forces to the healthcare market.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The proper role of the federal government in boosting the economy is to get out of the way of the American people. The American people, through their companies and small businesses, create jobs and make the United States economy the best in the world. The federal government often impedes this growth through regulatory overreach. The federal government’s economic role should be limited to providing the necessary infrastructure, the rule of law, and security that allows the American people to do what they do best—create jobs!

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Building on the success of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Congress should make all temporary tax measures permanent and continue to lower rates while simplifying the tax code.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best way to bring down unemployment is by cutting regulation and government interference in the economy so that companies and small businesses can create jobs.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

We must responsibly and predictably reform Social Security to match the changing circumstances of the American people and to re-focus Social Security on those most in need.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I am qualified because of my combat leadership, community leadership, and conservative leadership. A graduate of Texas A&M University, I was a Ranger-qualified infantry officer that deployed to Iraq twice. I led Lone Star Veterans Association and marriage preparation for engaged couples at my church. As a Duke Law School graduate and an attorney at Baker Botts, I practiced complex energy trial law and defended churches' religious freedom on a pro bono basis.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: and 281-415-8835

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

My wife and I are proud parents of three amazing daughters. I want to make character count again in Congress because we owe it to future generations to do what we say will do in Congress. Regarding question #4,I strongly agree marriage should be defined between one man and one woman, but I also believe that definition should be crafted by the church and not the government because I believe marriage is a union between man, woman, and God.


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, N.C., J.D., 2013
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, B.A. and B.S., 2005
Work & Military
  • U.S. Army National Guard, Captain, 2010-2013
  • U.S. Army, Captain, 2008-2010
  • U.S. Army, Lieutenant, 2005-2010
  • Lone Star Veterans Association, Chairman
  • St. Anne Catholic Community, Leader, Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples
  • St. Anne Catholic Community, Lector
  • St. Anne Catholic Community, Eucharistic Minister
  • St. Anne Catholic School, President, Dad's Club
  • Harris County Republican Party Leadership Council, Member
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