Candidate Profile
Josh Winegarner

Republican , Texas


Panel Rating*

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


*Charles Perry, Mac Thornberry


*Mike Conaway, *Robert Duncan, *Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), Texas Corn Producers /Texas Corn PAC, Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND, Texas Wheat Producers PAC

Reported by Candidate

BEEF-PAC of Texas Cattle Feeders Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association PAC, Texas Association of Dairymen, Texas Corn PAC, Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND, Texas Wheat Producers PAC

Selected Contributions


Kelton "Kel" Seliger (2014), Pete Olson (2008), Trump Victory (2020)
Funding Developing Leadership PAC (2020), Jeff Denham (2020), Kenny Marchant (2020), Mac Thornberry (2020), Stand Tall America PAC (2020)







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should only be permitted if the mother's life is at risk.


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

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

We must get serious about social security reform and stop taking money from the Trust to pay for other government programs. There are a number of good conservative proposals on the table, and I plan to study these carefully and support the most conservative and sustainable plan.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

We must cut off financial aid to countries that would do us harm. We must also cut waste and pass a balanced budget amendment so that Congress is forced to live within our means. I believe the national debt is the biggest threat to future generations.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

I do not believe that taxpayers should be responsible for paying off student loans.

Religious Liberty

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   

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

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

I believe the Founders intent was to prevent the government from creating, administering or requiring participation in one specific religion or denomination. It does not mean that the free exercise of religion or religious expression should be removed from the public domain. As a Christian, I know my faith will influence my decisions and actions in Congress.


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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

We must repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all. We must promote competition in the marketplace to drive down the cost of care, and we must make drug prices more affordable.

National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

We must do everything we can to root out and defeat Islamic terrorism at home and abroad. We must continue to rebuild our military and cut off financial aid to countries that would do us harm. We must continue to support and defend Israel. And, we must secure our southern border to prevent weapons and terrorists from entering our country.


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   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

I support legal immigration. Those who wish to come to this country must not have a criminal record and must comply with current immigration laws to enter LEGALLY. Once in this country they must abide by our laws and be productive members of society or face deportation.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I am a Spirit filled Christian honored to serve the living God. I am born of, baptized in, filled with, and being renewed by the Holy Spirit. My values are based in the Word.


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.

In my campaign platform I have made defending life, religious freedoms and the border top priorities. I will also stand with President Trump to keep our economy strong.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


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

Born and raised in the Panhandle, I learned at an early age the value of hard work, determination, and an entrepreneurial spirit. I know the struggles of the farmers, ranchers, and small business owners who drive our economy, and I will fight to protect them from burdensome federal policies that stifle growth and inhibit innovation. After college, I worked in D.C. for Republican Texas Senators Phil Gramm and John Cornyn, where I developed expertise in agriculture, trade, and small business policy issues. I brought this knowledge back home and for the last 14 years have been using it to defend and protect agricultural producers from harmful policies and liberal activist groups. As a man of deep Christian faith, I will protect the precious gift of life and defend those who cannot defend themselves. I will stand with President Trump to protect our constitutional rights, secure our borders, and defend our country from the threat of the socialist agenda.

Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

I am a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment and believe citizens have the right to own a gun to defend life, liberty, and property. I will fight policies that infringe upon this right.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

This is a very conservative district that is fueled by energy and agriculture. My priorities include: - Protecting innocent life, - Securing our borders, ending sanctuary cities, and stopping human trafficking and the flow of drugs into our county, - Defending the Second Amendment, - Strengthening our military & caring for our veterans, - Enhancing energy production, and - Fighting for our farmers and ranchers.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Democrats who use race and class warfare for political gain are tearing at the fabric of this country.


  • McMurry University, Abilene, BA, 1999
  • Hardin-Simmons Univeristy, Abilene, 2000
Work & Military
  • Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Director of Industry Affairs, 2006 -Present
  • Sen. John Cornyn, Legislative Assistant, 2002-2006
  • Sen. Phil Gramm, Director of Constituent Communication, 2000-2002
  • Hillside Christian Church, member / volunteer
  • Compassion International, contributor / sponsor
  • Snack Pak 4 Kids, contributor / volunteer
  • United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, contributor
  • Leadership Amarillo & Canyon, graduate / volunteer
  • Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Councils, member / volunteer
  • Randall County 4H & Junior Livestock Association, contributor / volunteer
  • Amarillo Republican Women, member
  • None

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