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US Representative, District 3

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen, and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the US House of Representatives.
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    Alex Donkervoet (Rep) Actuary

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    David Niederkorn (Rep) Professor of Politics at Arlington Baptist University

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    Van Taylor (Rep) Small Businessman / State Senator

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Immigration: What changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy for (1) current undocumented residents, and (2) the over 4 million people on the waiting list to get a visa to enter the country? Why?

Foreign Intervention: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict?

Economy: What federal policies do you support to maintain a healthy economy and enable the public to improve their economic positions?

Representation: What steps would you take to ensure that you represent all of your constituents? Do you participate in town hall meetings?

Healthcare: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans?

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of Congress, and what is your position on these issues?

Education BBA from University of Wisconsin – Madison, major in Actuarial Science. I began at LSU where I spent 3 years majoring in Chemical Engineering before transferring to Wisconsin to pursue Actuarial. I have passed numerous actuarial exams.
Experience I have 10+ years working as an actuary in the consulting, insurance, and reinsurance industry. I have worked with regulators both internationally and domestically, pricing, reserving, and risk management functions over the course of my career.
Twitter @AlexDonkervoet
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Campaign Phone (972) 940-2394
1) The US should issue visas for those who don’t have criminal records & can show a history of providing for themselves & contributing to the economy (job). 2) I propose removing the policy of granting automatic citizenship to those born to non-US citizens. This, along with increasing the number of visas & naturalizations would decrease the wait time. The US needs to enforce laws that penalize the hiring of illegal immigrants & put policies in place to discourage illegal entry.

Immigration is key to economic growth, makes the economy stronger, & we must embrace immigration for America to grow & succeed. Illegal immigrants do work that’s vital to our economy & we need to allow policies that allow for them to obtain legal, temporary work visas.
With the world being interconnected & having affirmed the United States' commitment to standing for freedom of speech, human rights, & economic stability; we must use our international influence & strength to encourage & advanced freedom, progress, & stability of nations when they are in a time of need. We are a world power with the ability to use our status to accomplish these goals but should do so along with other international communities so as not to solely have to rely on our resources when assisting nations in need. We cannot be a bystander of the world problems & then complain when the economics or instability of the world have become unfavorable to us.
Regulations for business need to be minimal; however, the government cannot favor certain sectors & create unfair competition for individuals or corporations. The current tax system still needs work. It needs to be adjusted to reduce loopholes & simplified to allow the market to choose which industries thrive. The trade deficit needs to be addressed, as a continued, long term deficit could be an indication that the U.S. is unable to produce what is being demanded. I support net neutrality to keep the internet just as it was designed to be...free, open & fair as possible. Our economic future is automation & artificial intelligence which will change the job market. We need to have the foresight to prepare for this economic shift. Last, but not least, if we do not focus on education & a modernized & updated infrastructure for the future, then any ground work we set to prepare for the future economy will be wasted.
Town hall meetings & social interactions are a necessity when representing any group & interaction should not be reserved for only donors or party affiliates. It is important to understand my constituents’ views & opinions even if they aren't completely in line with my ideals. It is important to understand that TX-3 constituents are made up of both Republicans & Democrats of all religions & races. One key piece I feel that most candidates & representatives are missing is detailed documentation of their current views on issues & explanations of why they vote the way they do. Explanations & transparency allows the voters to understand & make informed decisions during elections. I promise to be transparent in my views as well as accessible & responsive through email & social media.
1) Employee provided healthcare needs to end & be replaced with healthcare purchased by individuals & families through the open markets (like auto insurance). Access to plans won’t be limited to an employer & purchased plans will not change when switching jobs. 2) Price transparency & free market for all procedures & visits will allow patients to be aware of cost upfront & will drive competition & improve quality. 3) Cost assistance should be available if an individual/family is unable to afford care. 4) Keep preexisting conditions coverage. 5) Individuals will not be required to purchase healthcare. 6) Company sponsored HSA accounts to allow individuals to save for primary care coverage & deductibles. 7) Creation of state domestic mutual insurance companies which provide a stable, last resort, competitive market. 8) National database so doctors (with permission) can see diagnosis & prescriptions from other doctors.
It is said that Congress is broken but in fact, how & who we select is broken. Politics shouldn’t be an elite club where membership is only for those with money or personal connections. Bipartisanship doesn’t exist & Congress must end the back & forth legislation that leaves America in a state of turmoil. Term limits & campaign finance reform are needed, social security needs to have ideas put in place to secure its longevity (partnerships with corporations to provide appropriate returns on surplus), education is a key to continued economic growth & innovation, & the changing economy will continue to replace jobs while creating new ones that do not exist today. These issues cannot be addressed if America continues to elect extreme left & right representatives that are unable to work together to truly represent the American people. We complain about how our officials spend too much time fundraising, or vote along party lines regardless of the issues, yet we continue to reelect them.
Education Ph.D (politics) University of Dallas (cand.). M.A. (politics) University of Dallas. M.A. (historical theology) Criswell College. M.A. (philosophical theology) Criswell College. B.S. (theology and Bible) Baptist Bible College.
Experience As a Professor of Politics, I know how government works. Congress is broke, and I know how to fix it. My campaign slogan is ‘Imagine a Congress that Works.’ My specialties are (1) Legislative process (2) American Founding (3) U.S. Constitution.
Twitter @DC4TX3
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Campaign Phone (972) 207-8766
Our immigration problem is not openness to those who wish to become Americans. Our immigration problem is our inability to modernize the process. People who want to make America their home should know what to expect from the immigration process. In a world of global terrorism, however, we cannot grant legal immigration to all who seek it. We must continue to secure our borders while creating a new immigration system that welcomes those who want to come here legally, prohibits those who want to come here illegally, and is reasonably compassionate to those who are caught in between.
I do not support nation building—not in Iraq or Afghanistan, or anywhere. As a political philosopher, I know that democracy doesn’t suit all cultures, and should not be forced on the rest of the world. We were justified to invade Afghanistan following 9/11. But after 10,000 troops sent Al Qaeda running in less than 30 days, we should have come home. We too often pick the wrong side, and suffer unforeseen consequences in military interventions. The U.S. military needs to move away from an occupation force capacity, toward a rapid-strike capacity—so all interventions are short term operations.
My website details these two plans. (1) Congress must simplify the tax code. It is a 75,000-page disaster. Americans spend 2 billion hours and $55 billion to file their tax returns. Half of all Washington lobbying involves the tax code. (2) Current tax policy encourages publically traded companies to stockpile cash instead of paying dividends to investors. This leads to a less diverse market and endless megamergers. Congress needs to rewrite tax policy so publicly traded companies can expense dividend payments. This will put more money in more people’s hands, to use more broadly.
I will participate in town halls. And I have original ideas to make them productive. As your representative, I will bear two responsibilities. (1) To inform you of what is going on in Washington—and what I’m doing about it. (2) To listen to your responses to what is going on in Washington—and what I should be doing about it. The United States House is the federal body closest to the people, both through small districts, and through short two-year terms. As your member of the House, I will never be far away.
The ACA is so large that no one person can read the entire thing—let alone understand it. It is so encompassing that it cannot be coherent. Like most things Congress does, it is an omnibus nightmare. Here are two examples of what can be done. (1) A simple tax code change would make health insurance like home, auto, life, and other kinds of insurance the free market makes available at competitive rates. (2) Separate routine needs from emergencies. A lot of families can budget for the expected—especially if offered upfront pricing not subject to the administrative costs of a third-party payer.
I am running on a 4-policy platform. (1) Congress is broke. (2) Social Security is almost broke. (3) The Department of Veterans Affairs is beyond broke. (4) Federal tax policy is breaking us all. Each is summarized on the issues page of my website. I am committing to a specific policy agenda so you can measure me by one criteria: Promises made—promises kept. I have a unique resume for this job. I am writing my Ph.D. dissertation on congressional term limits at the University of Dallas, and I am Professor of Politics at Arlington Baptist University. My specialty is the legislative process.
Education • Harvard College - BS • Harvard Business School - MBA • Various Military - Sampling includes: Infantry Officer Course, Airborne, Basic Intelligence Officer Course, Sniper Employment Officer Course
Experience • Proven Conservative in the Texas Legislature • Businessman who knows jobs come from private sector • Family man running to protect our liberties & American Dream for next generation • US Marine committed to defending nation & keeping America safe
Twitter @VanTaylorTX
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Campaign Phone (972) 836-7986
As a United States Marine, I served on the U.S. / Mexico border as part of Joint Task Force 6 and know it is not secure. In the Texas Senate, I used this background to pass important legislation granting Texas military personnel legal safeguards to protect themselves while being called upon to serve our state. I doggedly supported increasing border security funding at the state level and have also consistently fought to turn off the magnets that further entice illegal immigration. In Congress, I will continue to fight for meaningful safeguards on our borders and reject amnesty. I proudly voted repeatedly to end sanctuary cities in our state and we must deport criminals who entered this country illegally.
Having served as a Marine I know the importance of peace through strength and the true gravity of putting our military in harm’s way. America has a unique role as the world’s strongest economic and military power. We must lead and forge careful alliances to confront the scourge of radical Islam and rogue regimes. Our military is the greatest force the world has ever known because of the brave Americans who volunteer to defend us. We fight for freedom and self-determined government, in contrast to other military forces throughout history that fought for wealth, status, or on orders from their dictator. Washington must support our armed forces with the resources and equipment needed to accomplish their missions and keep us safe – and when our heroes return our nation must honor its promise to our veterans.
As a local businessman, I know firsthand that sustained jobs growth comes from the private sector – not big government. Texas leads the nation in jobs and opportunity and Collin County is certainly at the heart of that growth. I am constantly inspired by the passion and dedication of our job creators to tackle the risks of starting their own businesses. Texas is the jobs leader not by accident but because of conservative leadership that removes government barriers in order to incentivize private innovation and unleash American’s entrepreneurial spirit. Texas has established a blueprint for success and Washington can learn a lot from how we do things in Texas.
In the State Legislature I have always stated that my best legislative ideas come directly from the people I serve. As such I have maintained a 100% meeting policy with constituents resulting in over 1,000 separate meetings with constituents in the last three years. Working together we authored and passed:

• Sweeping protections for victims of domestic violence, safeguarding children from online sexual predators, and ending forced underage marriages in Texas • A Texas Constitutional Amendment making it easier for our military to vote while serving overseas, increasing military ballots 150% • Legislation closing a loophole preventing healthcare fraud and abuse saving local taxpayers millions. • Sweeping ethics reform including revoking benefits from corrupt politicians

If I am fortunate enough to be elected to United States Congress, I look forward to continuing my 100% meeting policy and meeting with thousands more constituents as we work together on policy solutions for our nation.
Contrived in backroom deals and riddled with broken promises and false hope, former President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and their allies in Washington forced on the American people a $1.7 trillion dollar takeover of our healthcare system. While plunging our nation further into debt, Obamacare has most harmed those whom the law was supposed to help. Healthcare premiums have skyrocketed, deductibles have grown so large that insured dollars have become unreachable for many families, jobs have been killed, hours available for workers restricted, and the promise of the American dream pushed beyond the grasp of many striving to make a better life for their family. The damage created by Obamacare is extensive and marks one of the largest policy failures in our nation’s history. Leaders in Washington must repeal Obamacare and empower the states to create free market based solutions that provide Americans access to healthcare they can afford from a doctor they trust.
Like a business or family, pressing issues are numerous and change often. In the Legislature I have been effective by gravitating towards whatever issues are moving so I could craft conservative solutions to those policy challenges and I will continue to look for those opportunities in the U.S. Congress. However, as I talk with constituents the top issues I hear all the time are:

• Limiting the size and scope of government • Border security and stopping illegal immigration • Jobs and the Economy • National Security • Repealing Obamacare