Candidate Profile
Brian Harrison

Republican , Texas

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Questionnaire

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?

Only to save the life of the mother. Working with President Trump, I took bold action that led to the vast majority of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics not receiving federal Title X family planning dollars for the first time in 50 years! I will continue to be an unwavering champion for Pro Life policies, and preventing any tax money being used to fund the abortion industry.


Economy

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?

Social Security is bankrupt. I proudly worked for President Bush when he tried to modernize the program and allow seniors to actually own at least some of the money that is in their accounts. At the current rate, Social Security will not be there for future generations and needs to many changes to ensure sustainability - including ownership, investment options, and more control for Americans. Additionally, I was proud to work with President Trump as we helped deliver the most expansive economy our country has ever seen. Wages were rising, more people than ever were working, and business start ups were growing - this was all possible because we fought and won, every day, to get the federal government out of the way of the American people. That is exactly the kind of representation we need in Congress now.

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

Having served as the Chief of Staff for the largest federal agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, I can say without question there are hundreds of billions of dollars wasted. I am the only candidate in this special election who has actually slashed federal regulations, ended a federal program, and defunded the abortion industry. I created a Taxpayer Accountability Board projected to save $800 Million a year, and sunsetted regulations projected to safe hundreds of billions a year!

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

None.


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.

Yes   

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

There should be no nationally mandated religion.


Healthcare

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?

Working with President Trump, we helped break people free from the trap of Obamacare – this disastrous program was always about control over people’s lives rather than better healthcare for Americans. I worked to expand more affordable options for health coverage that better fit what people need. My efforts were always focused on empowering patients and relationships with their doctors.


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?

There are many ways to confront this ever evolving threat. Principally, we must never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. Our military must be prepared to not only prevent this nuclear threat but also be constantly vigilant to stop cyber or other asymmetric attacks from Islamist organizations and nations. We must also work with partners in the Middle East, and around the globe, to identify insurgent or home-grown radicals and assist them in eradicating these organizations.


Immigration

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.

Agree   

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

Our immigration polices should be tailored to meet the needs of our nation and be merit-based to ensure people whom we are providing the privilege of coming to work, learn, and potentially become citizens of our country are those who will value, strengthen, and preserve American exceptionalism.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that 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.

My faith in God and Jesus Christ as my savior is core to my beliefs. As a graduate of Ovilla Christian School and as a son who campaigned alongside his father on behalf of conservative Christian values, I have carried that activism forward into my professional life.


Qualifications

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 was recruited by the Trump Administration to serve as President Trump's Chief of Staff for the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, I helped defund Planned Parenthood for the first time in 50 years and created a relationship with 34 other countries to reject the abortion industry. Additionally, I protected Americans' fundamental right to religious freedom by ensuring people or organizations weren’t forced to buy insurance policies that covered abortion and upholding the religious beliefs of adoption agencies when placing children. https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/year-end-one-pager-conscience-1-23-20.pdf https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/11/04/hhs-proposes-unprecedented-regulatory-reform-through-retrospective-review.html https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/upshot/trump-term-limits-scientists.html

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

No

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

As a senior member of President Trump’s administration, I am proud of the historic work we did to break the tyranny of the federal bureaucracy, create a booming economy, return power to the American people, defend America, and fight big government. Sadly, Washington is now run by politicians who want to transform America, destroy fundamental liberties, upend the rule of law, and undermine our security. Texans cannot afford another Democrat or establishment Republican in Congress who will go along with President Biden’s radical agenda. We must elect the strongest, most conservative candidate - who has been tested and proven – to defeat the left, defend our God-given liberties, and deliver real reforms in Washington. Our future depends on it!


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

Law abiding gun ownership should not be infringed in ay manner. Rather, our local, state, and federal law enforcement should be focused on criminals.


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.

Neutral   

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?

Defunding Planned Parenthood. Empowering stronger border security and finishing the border wall where necessary. Reigning in the bureaucratic state: Sunsetting all regulations, statutes, and agencies; Constitutional amendment to require congressional approval of regulations; Term limiting federal bureaucrats.

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

Racism is wrong. Period. But is not a domestic security threat. Rather, the systemic failure of government institutions and terrible policies, at all levels of government, are a threat to the ability of people to lift themselves up. For decades, we have seen the same failures, especially from major cities and liberal dominated states where they are not educating children, while they tyrannically restrict and tax business growth, and do more to serve themselves than the people of our country.


Background

Education
  • Texas A&M University, College Stations, Economics, 2004
Work & Military
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chief of Staff (previously DCOS), 3
  • Small Business Owner/Operator
  • U.S Department of Defense
  • The White House
Affiliations
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn
  • NRA
  • Farm Bureau
  • Texas State Rifle Assn
  • American Council on Germany
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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