Chairman, Texas Water Development Board (2013-2017)
Former Senior Staff to Gov. Rick Perry
Former Chief of Staff to Rep. Todd Hunter (Corpus Christi)
Bachelors of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin
Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas School of Law
I support legal immigration and believe that the federal government has fallen down on its responsibility of securing our borders. I support a path to citizenship for "Dreamers", but in doing so believe the federal government should first address its failure to enforce existing immigration laws. Also, I believe we should rely on local law enforcement as to their needs in addressing border security and do everything in our power to support them on a federal level.
I would support continued efforts to dismantle Obamacare in ways that would result in more of a "market based" approach to healthcare as opposed to government mandates and limited options. Healthcare costs have sky rocketed and they will continue to do so if an until we can get federal bureaucracy out of the way. This is especially true as it relates to access to quality healthcare for our veterans which vastly needs to be improved.
I would vehemently defend the 2nd Amendment. I would support legislation to remove barriers and inconsistencies between states that hamper an individual's ability to legally carry a concealed weapon. I would support measures to address mental health issues that can be linked to violent behavior.
I would support policies that promote the fair advancement of women and people of color in the workforce, especially working mothers. I believe in the rule of law and would work to ensure that existing anti-discrimination laws are properly enforced to their fullest.
Yes, I believe that government needs to play a more active role in reducing student debt as opposed to promoting what can seem like its limitless use. Our universities and community colleges are graduating students who will enter the workforce with unsustainable levels of debt. I will work towards and support solutions that can address this so that our graduates can look forward to their future without being hamstrung by the hard work and dedication they put in to advance themselves into the diverse, competitive workforce that exists today.
As Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, I oversaw the adoption of the 2017 State Water Plan, a comprehensive planning tool for identifying the future water supply needs and solutions for the state. This process utilized sound science based on historical data to provide a "worst case drought scenario" benchmark to be used in long-range planning. This kind of practical approach should be used in evaluating climate issues both at the federal and state levels.
Economic development based in improved infrastructure (water, roads, rail and ports) is vital to the growth and prosperity of District 27. Having chaired the state's lead water infrastructure agency, I understand the challenges in developing these types of infrastructure and how best to work with local, state, and federal agencies to get things done.
State Republican Executive Committeeman, four-term Victoria GOP Chair. Owner of Bright Idea Media, former staff at Faith Family Church.
Oral Roberts University
Our immigration system is broken. An unwillingness to enforce the law over the past several decades has favored those who choose to break the law rather than go through the legal process. And Congress has been negligent in finding a solution to this serious problem. The first step in any immigration policy must be border security and enforcement, and Congress should pursue an “all of the above” approach. We should build a wall where it makes sense. President Trump’s approach to include DACA in a solution that secures the border and defunds “sanctuary cities” is a practical balanced approach.
Obamacare has not only increased the cost of healthcare but has also restricted the freedom of Americans to choose their healthcare options. Obamacare must be repealed. Limiting regulation and lawsuit abuse would bring down costs, as would preventing Medicare fraud, which by itself costs each U.S. household on average nearly $500 per year. An approach that restores free market principles will lower cost and increase access to quality care.
The right to keep and bear arms is essential to a free society. This is why the 2nd Amendment affirms the right of citizens to defend themselves not only from others but also from tyranny. Americans are safer today from gun crime than at any time since the 1960s. The Supreme Court should recognize the right of citizens to carry arms nationwide. Neither federal nor state/local governments may impose any requirement making the process of acquiring arms burdensome.
The safety of all citizens regardless of ethnicity or gender is an important function of government. I support providing both the military and law enforcement with the resources they need to protect all Americans. The law should not distinguish between class, gender, ethnic, or other groups in the administration of justice.
The federal government’s interventionist has produced record number of students bound by debt. Attempts to make college more accessible have actually made college much more expensive. As government loans increased, colleges realized they could raise prices without losing students. The federal government now handles 90% of student loans and over nine million borrowers are in default/delinquency or had postponed payments. Not only is this debt load harmful to graduates, it may cost taxpayers over $100 billion. Restoring free market principles would reduce costs and student debt.
The EPA under the Obama Administration abused its authority, imposing costly new regulations on businesses and electrical plants. One of my legislative priorities will be to reestablish congressional control over federal agencies like the EPA to prevent this kind of overreach in the future.
The federal government is too large and has too much power over the lives of citizens due to excessive taxation and spending. I would support tax relief and simplifying the tax code to eliminate loopholes and exemptions. The United States has acquired an enormous national debt. The crisis is avoidable, but it will take leaders with the courage to make hard choices. The first condition necessary for bringing down the debt is economic growth. Taxation slows the economy, so we cannot tax our way out of debt; spending must be reduced.