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 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 am 100% Pro-Life. I do not believe there are any circumstances whereby abortion should be allowed.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Our founding fathers were men of faith, honor, integrity, and means. They were declaring independence from a tryrannical government that had placed undue taxes and hardships upon them while denying them the rights and liberties enjoyed by their fellow British citizens. They were forced to serve the British govenment. They vowed not to create a similar situation in the newly created United States of America, but rather to create a system whereby the government would serve the people.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a born again Christian and Juesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior.
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.
I'm widely known as one of the most conservative elected leaders in Texas. I've been endorsed for reelection by almost every conservative group and leader in Texas. In the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility Index, I consistently ranked at the top as the most conservative member of the Texas House of Representatives. Dr. Mike Jones of Rice University conducted an independent analysis of members of the Texas Legislature & placed me second from the top of the most conservative Texas Legislators. I've been endorsed for reelection by Conservative Republicans of Texas, virtually every Tea Party organization that has endorsed, Terry Lowry's Link Letter, The Conservative Review, Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action, as well as former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Governor Mike Huckabee, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Joe the Plumber, and 2nd Amendment defender Ted Nugent. Texas Right to Life named me their Legislator of the Year, and I have earned A+ ratings from the NRA and Texas State Rifle Assn.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
By removing bureaucratic red tape, lowering taxes, reducing regulations, limiting the threat of lawsuits, and lowering the cost of healthcare, businesses will be able to create more jobs resulting in lower unemployment.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
By completely getting rid of ObamaCare and, instead, allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, and by removing unnecessary mandates on coverage allowing customers to tailor a policy for their specific needs, and by encouraging the use of Health Care Savings Accounts.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
By getting the heck out of the way and letting the free market take over with one exception--making sure that trading lanes are kept open for our foreign markets.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
My life experiences, training, and education have uniquely prepared me to be Commissioner of Agriculture. 1) I am an 8th generation farmer and rancher who still earns his living from Texas agriculture 2) I am the former Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock 3) I am a former vocational agriculture teacher, FFA advisor, and 4-H leader with an honors degree in Agriculture Education from Tarleton State University 4) I am a founder and Co-Chairman of Donald Trump's Agriculture Advisory Committee and was on President Trump's short list to be Secretary of Agriculture.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I'm proud of my record of leadership at the TDA where I have streamlined operations, increased services and response times, and done more with less. When I first took office, the TDA was not fulfilling its proper role. Today it is. Fuel pump inspections were being done only once every eight years. Today, we inspect every pump at least once every two years. We've added a credit card skimmer inspection program and reduced the number of fuel inspectors by sixteen. The Organic Certification Program had a two and half year waiting list. That was fixed in ninety days and today there is no waiting list. I repealed every mandate that previous Commissioners had placed on the Texas School Nutrition Program and returned control back to local schools and parents. Today, we are making school lunches great again. I discovered many Texas businesses were unregistered & operating illegally. I initiated “Operation Maverick” which rounded-up illegal operators and registered over 7,000 new businesses.