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?
There are no circumstances where abortion should be allowed. Life is life.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The Bible taught us that man is inherently flawed. Our Founders set up a system so that checks and balances ensure the flaws of man cannot cause harm to all.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
My spiritual beliefs and values are from my parents and the teachings of the Catholic Church. I was raised in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Midland. Today, my daughter Catherine and I are active members of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin.
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.
A political conservative stands for traditional values, limited government, individual liberty and free enterprise. I am a Christian raised in the Catholic Church. I am a life-long conservative Republican raised in a strong conservative household. My political beliefs are rooted in these conservative philosophies. In my role as Railroad Commissioner, the decisions I have made reflect my conservative beliefs.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Education is the best way to bring down unemployment.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
A private, free market healthcare system.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The government should not play a role in boosting the economy. It is not the government's job to pick winners and losers.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Having grown up in the heart of the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas with my family working in and around the oil and gas industry my entire life, I am well-versed in how the industry functions, regulatory needs at the Railroad Commission, and the industry’s importance to our state. I have put that knowledge to work at the agency throughout my first five years as your Railroad Commissioner. With a strong knowledge of the Texas energy industry and a long list of accomplishments over the past five years at the Railroad Commission, I am asking the voters of Texas to elect me to a second term so we can continue the good work we are doing to safely grow this important industry and secure our state’s long-term energy success.
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