Candidate Profile
Eric Zmrhal

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Eric Zmrhal
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist.22
Incumbent
No
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Conservative Organizations

72%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Selected Contributions

Conservative

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Local, County, and District Republican Organizations

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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.

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.

Disagree

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

Disagree

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

Disagree

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

Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Agree

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.

Agree

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

Agree

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

Agree

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

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."

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.

Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

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.

Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should be allowed only if the life of the mother is threatened by the pregnancy.

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

The United States needs to develop or adopt a comprehensive strategy that encompasses more than military strength. While I believe military strength is the cornerstone, we need to ensure military and political intelligence is shared amongst our allies so that we can prevent attacks before they occur. The US should lead these efforts as we have the technology, manpower, resources and will to ensure our citizens are safe, at home and abroad. However, each country should pay their fare share. We cannot and should not be alone in this fight. Additionally, we need to prevent radicalization by socially integrating citizens and immigrants. We need to stop combative rhetoric and welcome law-abiding immigrants into this country. The more we are separate and divisive, the more likely an incident will occur. Lastly, the US should provide positive economic development programs to reduce the likelihood of radicalization.

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

Our Republic was founded on the principles of individual freedoms and that no person or group should have authority over all. It is in our nature to be free - that is how we were created and that is how we should live. With that in mind, our Constitution was created to ensure that our government system has checks and balances, while preventing authoritarianism.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian with a rigid moral code. My beliefs and values have been established through my faith-based upbringing and the many positive role models I have had in my life.

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?

Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

My website provides my campaign pillars as well as my stance on a multitude of issues. For clarification, here are my views on a few topics: Budget: there needs to be a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Defense: spend funds more effectively by prioritizing our initiatives (securing our borders, advanced weapon systems, military technologies, etc.) and cutting defunct programs. Education: I support the freedom of parents to choose their children's education and that public education should managed at the local level, not the federal level.

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

First, I believe people should have the choice to not purchase health insurance if they do not want it. The ACA should be replaced with a system that incentivizes quality of care instead of quantity of patients seen. Additionally, we should also ban pharmaceutical companies from advertising – prescription costs are way too high and this only adds to people paying for drugs they don’t need. Medicare Part D needs to be reformed as pharmaceutical companies seem to be able to charge (by law) whatever they want.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

I believe we are finally on the right track with corporate tax reductions and providing incentives to corporations to keep jobs in (or repatriate jobs/money back to) America, though we can do more to cut regulations that hamstring businesses. The government should pass immigration reform that would allow immigrants with STEM degrees or other highly skilled immigrants to legally stay/work in America, which will boost private sector spending and output while also increasing federal tax revenue. At a macro level, the government can continue with infrastructure projects. Overall, I believe the government should be committed to free enterprise and individual freedom, while cutting regulations and not spending money that provides no benefit. Simply put – stop overspending and borrowing and focus on stimulating private-sector growth to spur job creation.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I would not propose any changes to the current tax code. I believe we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

First, we need to ensure that businesses are not being hamstrung by government regulations and oversight. If businesses can operate freely, they have the ability to perform better, faster and cheaper, which leads to a rise in profits, which drive business growth, in turn requiring more jobs. Additionally, need to provide legal status to those undocumented workers who have not committed a crime (and also pay back taxes, perform community service or enlist in the military). The government can start collecting revenue from these individuals, which then can be used to fund educational programs, infrastructure programs, etc. which will benefit the economy. We should incentivize our students to pursue STEM degrees and prohibit citizens from receiving benefits if they do not have a high school diploma or GED. Long story short, we need to make our citizens more prepared and better qualified for employment and that starts with a strong education.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

A combination of triggers, adjustments or options could help guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations: - Gradually raising the full retirement age to 68 between 2023 and 2028 - Utilize a slower growing measure of inflation for cost-of-living adjustments - Allow citizens to privatize their benefits with a greater chance of a higher yield for individual investments instead of those seen by the Social Security program - As a worst-case scenario, the government could gradually increase the tax cap over a 5-10 year period (this is not a recommendation and I would only consider this if the previous 4 options were tried and failed)

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

I am a problem-solver, by education, by experience and by nature. I am an Engineer who has worked in the oil/gas industry managing projects, leading teams and solving problems for the past decade. I have volunteered at the most basic levels of public service and understand how progress can happen one person or one decision at a time. I have real-world, private sector energy experience combined with a true, grassroots understanding of what concerns the district, what motivates them and why they are upset at our current politician in office. I have the energy to tackle the problems Washington refuses to address and I am not a career politician with deep lobbyist interests.

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

contact@ericzmrhalforcongress.com

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

It is time we put an end to the status quo. No more career politicians. No more blame and divisiveness. We need to get this country back on the right track. I think the only way we can do that is to bring in new leaders with energy and a fresh perspective. We need to have representation with a more diverse background; we need to bring in people with experience in the private sector, most notably more teachers, doctors, scientists and engineers. We've had enough of lawyers and career politicians - we need problem solvers in Washington.


Background

Education
  • Miami University, Oxford, OH, BS, 2006
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Fort Bend County Republican Party, Member, Precinct Chair
  • Katy Youth Soccer, Volunteer
  • Second Baptist Church, Volunteer
  • Parkway Fellowship Church, Volunteer
  • Fort Bend Young Republicans, Member
  • Republican Party of Texas, Member
  • Cardiff Ranch Property Owner's Association, Board Member
Offices
  • Precinct Chair, Held 2014-2016
 

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