Being a Hard-Working, Accessible Representative
The Texas House is the People’s House, and representatives have a solemn duty to listen to the concerns of their constituents and be accessible. If elected to be your representative in the Texas House, I promise to hold town hall forums on a regular basis both before and after the legislative session, so I know what you care about and how I can best represent you.
After I was elected to the College Station City Council, I gave constituents my cell phone number so they could contact me at any time, day or night. I will make myself available to you the same way. Here’s my number: 979-571-6724.
Texas Must Stand Up to Washington Overreach
Washington, D.C. politicians have been openly attacking our Constitution and our God-given rights to life, liberty, and property. It is essential that Texas fights back against Washington overreach into our families, our churches, our small businesses, and our schools. I will fight to defend Texans’ liberty from big government in Washington.
Secure the Border and End Sanctuary Cities
Barack Obama has totally failed to secure our southern border, threatening our national security and straining our public services. Border security isn’t supposed to be Texas’ job, but we must act where Washington has failed. I will fight to immediately secure the southern border and end sanctuary cities that refuse to uphold the rule of law.
Real Property Tax Reform
Property taxes have become a top issue for Texans. It seems everyone is paying more, but the politicians claim we are paying less. I believe the real problem is a totally flawed appraisal system.
Real property tax reform means reforming our state’s convoluted appraisal system. Homeowners should not be forced to pay ever-higher taxes to the government for property they already own. I will fight to reform our appraisal system and help you keep more of your own money in your pocket.
Our education budget needs to be spent where it is needed most: in the classroom. Teachers shouldn’t have to buy school supplies with their own money while our tax money goes to an army of six-figure bureaucrats and fancy football stadiums.
I will fight back against any efforts to impose Common Core or other federal mandates on our schoolchildren, and work to end the complicated and confusing “Robin Hood” school finance system that sends millions of College Station taxpayers’ money to other school districts all over Texas.
As a College Station City Councilman, I fought for openness in government, successfully pushing for financial information to be posted on the city’s website. The government works for the people, not the other way around.
I will fight for transparency on the state level, where it is desperately needed. Representative government can’t take place in the dark or behind closed doors.
The Second Amendment is a Constitutional right, and it reflects our God-given right to protect ourselves, our families, and our freedom. I will not compromise on fully defending our Second Amendment rights.
Defend Traditional Marriage
As a husband and a father, I believe the definition of marriage is one man and one woman, which over 76% of Texas voters supported in the 2005 Proposition 2 constitutional amendment initiative.
I also believe in the U.S. Constitution, and see absolutely nothing in the Constitution that permits the federal government to force Texas to accept a new definition of this age-old institution. We should not allow the federal government to run roughshod over Texas.
Stand for Life
I’ll never forget hearing my daughter’s heartbeat for the first time. Sadly, some in our society view the unborn not as unique individuals created in the image of God, but as mere clumps of tissue that can be aborted or experimented upon. I find such a notion to be morally reprehensible.
Life is the most precious and sacred right that God has given us. I believe that life begins at conception, and will fight to protect life from conception until natural death.
Defend Religious Liberty
With the Supreme Court’s unconstitutional redefinition of marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, people of faith are worried about their First Amendment rights to religious liberty. During the most recent session, the Texas Legislature failed to defend the rights of conscience of millions of Texans who want only to be able to practice their faith and act according to it.
The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to religious liberty, and it is more necessary than ever to stand for this bedrock principle that is woven into the very foundations of our Republic. I will stand for the rights of people of faith to peacefully live their faith.
Honesty, Integrity, and Trust
We need more people of principle serving in office who tell us exactly where they stand. Ronald Reagan took a lot of strong stances that some disagreed with. But you always knew where he stood, and that he stood on principles that he held dear.
As someone who has been involved in the conservative movement at the grassroots level and as a local official, I have stood strong for my principles and have a record of fighting for free markets and individual liberty.
We may disagree sometimes, but I promise that you will always know where I stand.