Candidate Profile
Jay Wiley

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Jay Wiley
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 47
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

91%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

8
Cathie Adams, Lone Star Liberty, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, Texas Conservative Digest, Texas Eagle Forum and 2 more

Reported by Candidate

4
Empower Texans, Texas Right to Life, Concerned Women for America, Texans for Vaccine Choice

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
17
Bob Hall, Briscoe Cain, Bryan Hughes, Dawn Buckingham, Empower Texans, Greg Abbott and 11 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Empower Texans, Paul Workman

Summary

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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.

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

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

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

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

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

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

I support the death penalty.

Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

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.

Yes

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?

Never. I am strongly pro-life. It is the first duty of the government to protect our God-given right to Life. Our son Anders was diagnosed with a terrible heart defect in the womb and we were offered an abortion. Instead doctors operated on his heart in utero and he is almost 11 years old today. We cannot imagine our lives without him. His life is worth no less than yours or mine. I'm running against Paul Workman, who voted to defeat the Schaeffer amendment that saves babies like our son Anders.

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

We are all fallen from the Grace of God. The Founders understood man's nature and deliberately installed checks and balances without our system of government to safeguard against man's natural tendency to accrue and misuse governmental authority. It is our duty as patriots to guard those limits zealously and with the same care with which they were created by the Founders.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian but wasn't always a believer. I was raised in a broken home that did not know the Lord. I was saved in 1991 when I attended a youth revival. During high school I was on fire for Christ and even planned on the ministry. During my college years and my early twenties my walk with the Lord was not what it should have been. When my son Anders was diagnosed with a heart defect in the womb in 2006, Sally and my life was dramatically changed. We rediscovered our faith and have had a close walk with the Lord since then. My political life is an extension of my faith.

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?

Very Conservative

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

I became politically active in high school and volunteered on several local Republican campaigns. I continued during my college years at The Citadel. After college I was hired by Sen. Phil Gramm as a staffer in Washington, D.C., then by the Bush for President campaign where I worked in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. I was a press secretary for U.S. Rep. John Sullivan from OK. I was a precinct chair for the Travis County Republican Party and started Austinites for Tax Relief, which helped defeat local bonds. I was president and regional coordinator for the Federalist Society while a law student. As president, I grew our St. Mary's chapter from a dozen members to over 200 in one year. Sally and I have been GOP donors for Republican candidates such as Ted Cruz, Roger Williams, Greg Abbott, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich for President, etc.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Economic growth. When people have more of the money they earn without government interference and taxation, they employ others. Government has no money of its own, it all comes from those of us who earn it. Less taxation and regulation frees people, and freedom opens opportunities. Opportunities lead to economic activity and greater employment opportunities. Taxation and regulation is by definition limiting to those opportunities.

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

Get government out of the business of healthcare as much as possible. The more government involvement in healthcare (or anything for that matter), the greater the cost, the less choice for consumers, and the greater the bureaucracies. Sally and I started a concierge medical practice called Luxe OB that takes a patient-centered approach free of the red tape of insurance middlemen. That is a growing model and one I hope will take hold for those who want a greater level of care. Our hope is that will show the way forward in healthcare.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Get as small as possible. When government gets out of the way, the economy flourishes because economic freedom kickstarts growth. I firmly oppose corporate handouts and governments picking winners and losers. I will fight for true free markets.

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

I am no stranger to hard work and overcoming difficult odds. I attended The Citadel because I wanted to choose the path less traveled. I endured years of physical and mental strain. It was difficult but I overcame it and am stronger for it. When our son Anders was diagnosed with a heart defect and we were offered an abortion, we chose life instead. It was extremely difficult (and still is) with years of physical therapy, 5 open heart surgeries, feeding tubes, mental and financial distress, etc. (Not to mention accomplishing law school during this time.) It was difficult be we overcame it and are stronger for it. I have personally knocked on over 12,000 doors last campaign and this because when I believe in a cause I fight for it. It has been difficult but I am a better candidate for it.

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

VoteJayWiley@gmail.com; 512-914-8057 cell

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

I am serious about fighting for conservative public policy. I won't wilt under the enormous pressure the Austin lobby imposes on members. I am rooted in my faith and a clear-eyed understanding of our Founders' original vision for our country. I am ready to get to work.


Background

Education
  • The Citadel, Charleston, SC, BA, 1998
  • St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, TX, JD, 2010
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Ethan M. Lindberg Foundation, Board member, donor
  • American Heart Association, volunteer, donor
  • Four Points Chamber of Commerce, member
  • Any Baby Can, donor
  • Travis County Republican Party, donor, volunteer, staffer
  • South Carolina Republican Party, volunteer, staffer, donor, organizer
  • The Citadel Republican Club, organizer
  • TruCare PRC, donor
Offices
  • Precinct Chair, Held 2009-13
  • HOA member, Held 2015-2017
  • Austin City Council, Sought 2014
 

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