I fully support term limits and my commitment to the voters is to serve no more than three terms. When term limits are in place, the state legislature will be more responsible toward the voters because they will soon be constituents themselves. After serving their constituents in Austin, legislators will have to live under the laws they have created while in office.
I believe in citizen legislators who serve to make a difference in other people’s lives, not their own. I am employed by the voters and work for them.
Illegal immigration/Border Security
The responsibility for securing our borders falls on the federal government. However, if they will not do their job, then we should hold the federal government accountable.
I will send an invoice to Washington for the higher education, health care, and incarceration expenses that illegal immigration costs Texans. Texas should not be financially penalized because the federal government refuses to do its job.
I will end the magnets that attract illegal immigrants to our state.
Taxes and Fees
I believe that government should live within its means. It is my pledge to the voters not to increase taxes or fees. As government expands, the price tag falls on the taxpayers. We cannot afford this nor should we. I will work to find every tax dollar wasted on unnecessary fees and eliminate taxes that do nothing more than expand the role of government.
I oppose the federalization of our health care system. I will fight the continuous overreach of the federal government. Government mandates must stop. We need to let the free market work to develop medical innovation, new drugs, and new treatments for patients. The free market works and government needs to get out of the way.
I believe in the free market. Increased government regulation and taxes destroy the job market and slow our economy. I believe small businesses and individuals should keep more of their hard earned money. Texas does not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. “From fiscal year 1990 to 2010, the state’s total revenue grew by 270.3%, faster than both inflation and population growth 66.8%, and 48% respectively.”[i]
We need to reduce unnecessary fees, duplicative government services, and stifling regulations, which do nothing more than increase government revenue. The business tax needs to be repealed immediately. Let private industry create jobs without the permission of government.
I want our state highway system to be the best in the nation. Funding our roads is not a revenue issue; it is a spending prioritization issue.
Despite Texas’ sufficient budget surplus some legislators are continuously advocating for the expansion of toll roads and a hike in taxes to cover the cost of our state’s infrastructure. I absolutely oppose the expansion of toll roads and raising taxes to cover further costs.
I want to ensure that every child in Texas has the best education possible. I believe that no one knows better for his or her child than parents and families. While the Texas Constitution does provide for public education, kids are served best when parents have choices in education. I support families making the best decision regarding their children’s education and keeping the state out of the process as best as possible. As a father of five, I understand the difficult decisions that parents face. I support broadening the options available for families by making our public schools more competitive, capping the salaries of school administrators, expanding charter schools, and empowering both parents and teachers with choices.
I strongly believe in the right to bear arms. It is an individual’s right to own, purchase, possess, and use firearms. I grew up with many traditional Texas values like hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors. Hunting is just one example of a proper place and function for firearms. I thoroughly enjoy many shooting sports and hunting. I encourage others to participate also. Why should government make it harder for law abiding, safe, and responsible outdoors men to acquire or use firearms? There are no individuals that values or appreciates the second amendment as much as we Texans do. I will always defend and protect the 2nd Amendment.
Pro-Life / Pro-Family
As father of five children and husband to my wife, Mary Catherine, for over twenty-six years; I can't emphasize enough my belief for traditional family values. The marital commitment of a man and a woman is the foundation of our society. The family is where we learn to be responsible, virtuous citizens. In today's world, there are so many things pulling on us that it is easy to lose sight of what is most important: God and the family. Despite the modern challenges presented to us, we should not sacrifice the values of our parents and grandparents. Because of my deep rooted belief in the family and faith, I am firmly pro-life and believe life begins at conception and ends at natural death.