Candidate Profile
Brent Lawson

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Brent Lawson
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 62
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

7
Grassroots America, Lone Star Liberty, Texans for Toll-Free Highways, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action

Reported by Candidate

4
Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action, Texas Homeschool Coalition, Lone Star Liberty

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Newt Gingrich, State Republican Party Organizations, Ted Cruz

Summary

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LIBERAL

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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.

Strongly 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?

Abortion should be abolished. Medical treatment necessary for the life of the mother that may also pose a risk to her unborn baby should not be confused with abortion when it results in the loss of an unborn child.

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

Recognition that human nature is fundamentally flawed led the founders to reject the traditional "rule of man" forms of government and create our system based on "rule of law". A quote by Thomas Jefferson summarizes this perspective very well: "In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution."

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. I accepted Jesus as my savior at the age of 8. I believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, born of a virgin, that He walked among men to be our example, that He gave His life as a perfect sacrifice to provide a salvation that I can never deserve, that He rose from the grave, and that man is without hope outside of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. My values flow from the belief that we are created for God's purpose and glory, and that Christians are to have a Christ-like concern for all people. Virtue, integrity, truthfulness, humility, sacrifice, duty, and service are values that I strive to demonstrate and that I hope to encourage in my children.

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.

Started and directed Conservatives for Republican Reform in 2008. Precinct Chairman Grayson County Texas (GCRP) GCRP Chairman Keep Texas Red Committee 2013-2014 Delegate to RPT state convention 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The Texas economy and employment climate is strong. Promoting an economy based on free enterprise and limited government is the best way to reduce unemployment.

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

Reduce government's role in healthcare coverage. Move from employer based markets to individual markets. Break down arbitrary state line barriers to competition and enable small businesses to pool together(as long as employer based markets remain). Reduce third-party involvement in the provider/patient relationship. Promote health-savings accounts. Expand scope of practice. Remove federal government control of medicaid funds and care through block grants and waivers (ideally move it all to the states).

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The role of government in boosting the economy is to provide a tax and regulatory environment in which free market principles allow the economy to flourish. It is the responsibility of government to treat all businesses the same and stay out of the business of picking winners and losers. Centrally planning the Texas economy is not a legitimate role of the legislature.

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

I am qualified to hold the office by virtue of being a concerned Texas citizen who meets the age and residency requirements for the office. Professional experience: BS Electrical Engineering from UT Arlington 28 years high-tech industry experience as an electronics design engineer, process developer, project leader, builder and manager of engineering organizations, and multi-corporation engineering program manager. Political involvement has included: Previously served as GOP precinct chair - Grayson County Texas (GCRP) Served on GCRP Resolutions committees GCRP Keep Texas Red committee Chairman 2013-2014 Deputy voter registrar 2013-2014 Delegate to Texas GOP convention 2010 - 2016 (alternate in 2010) Service involvement has included: Sunday school teacher, Sunday school director, RA leader, numerous church committee assignments and ministry participation, mens ministry (construction), Katrina Hurricane relief.

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

votebrentlawson@gmail.com 214-802-0546

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

This is a pivotal election year for the state of Texas. I have been frustrated by the obstruction of the conservative agenda that has been taking place for several years in the Texas State House. Seeing the House Freedom Caucus and other conservatives take bold stands during the legislative session this past year made it clear that there are principled men and women fighting for us in the Texas House, and that with a few reinforcements they can overcome those obstacles. I am in this race to help them fight for our Texas way of life, and a conservative Texas future. We must have representatives with a real sense of urgency for the times we live in.


Background

Education
  • University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, BS Electrical Engineering, 1991
Work & Military
  • Semiconductor Industry (TI), Design Engineer/Engineering Manager, 24
  • Defense Industry (LTV), Design Engineer, 4
Affiliations
  • Conservatives for Republican Reform, Founder/Director
  • Grayson County Republican Party, Precinct Chairman
  • Grayson County Republican Party, Platform committee member 2012
  • Grayson County Republican Party, Keep Texas Red Committee Chair
  • Bethel Baptist Church, Adult Sunday School Teacher
  • Bethel Baptist Church, Pastor Search Committee Chair
  • Bethel Baptist Church, Sunday School Director
  • Rivercrest Baptist Church, Adult Sunday School teacher
Offices
  • GOP Precinct Chairman, Held 2010 - 2014
  • None
 

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