Personal Freedoms

I love this country and the freedoms the Bill of Rights ensures each citizen.  I will fight to protect these rights so my constituents can enjoy the peace, dignity, and respect they deserve.

Freedoms of Speech and Press

Everyone has a right to express his or herself, government should not prevent people from speaking their minds, particularly to their chosen representatives.  I will always make efforts to meet with constituents because I care about the needs of the people of this district.  There is a reason that the government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address.  I am responsible for engaging with and listening to you.

I endorse a free and uncensored press. The free press is necessary to sustaining democracy and to ensuring that politicians, like myself, are held accountable for their words and actions.

Freedom of Religion

People should be able to freely choose and practice their beliefs.  Discrimination based on religion is unacceptable. The government should not interfere with religious freedoms unless it is necessary to protect the safety of the greater community.

Right to Bear Arms

I support the Second Amendment, and the people’s right to bear arms.  I also believe in the sanctity of life and that the purpose of firearms should be first and foremost the protection of self and others, hunting and ranching. I take gun safety very seriously and believe all gun owners should do so. In addition, I support hunting not only as a time-honored tradition in Texas but as a basic right.

Eminent Domain

The government shall not infringe upon private property rights.  Government projects that may require the use of private property should compete for these resources in the free marketplace.  Homeowners should not be forced to move simply because the government has decided that their land should be put to public use.

Right to Privacy

All Americans have the right to privacy under the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.  The courts have decided that the right to access abortion, is protected under the 4th Amendment.  Abortion must remain safe, legal and rare. A proven way to reduce abortion further is by increasing education and access to birth control.

LGBT Rights

The government’s place is not to police the relationships between consenting adults.  What occurs in one’s own home is the decision of the individual.  LGBT individuals have the same rights as everyone else.  The stigmatization of these fellow Texans serves no good purpose and may, in fact, be detrimental to the economy.

Parental Rights

Parents should be able to make medical and educational decisions for their children that they, not the government, deem to be in the best interests of the child.  However, if those decisions endanger the greater community, then it is the duty of the government to ensure the safety of the greater community.  I believe that children should be vaccinated in order to protect vulnerable members of the community such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and other children.

Decriminalization of marijuana

Texas should join the other states that deal with marijuana through regulation rather than criminalization. This would free up law enforcement resources and provide additional revenues for schools and infrastructure.