Since its passage in 2009, Americans from every walk of life have come face-to-face with the stark realities of Obamacare: millions of health insurance policies cancelled, skyrocketing premiums, rising deductibles, and the frustration felt by anyone attempting to purchase coverage through HealthCare.gov. Obamacare's top-down, Washington-first mentality has been an unmitigated disaster for the American healthcare system. You deserve the right to make your own healthcare choices, and no government has the right to interject itself between you and your doctor.
As your voice in the Texas Senate, I've used my firsthand experience as a physician to fight back against Obamacare and protect the rights of patients. As a diligent steward of our taxpayer dollars, I will continue to fight fraud and abuse in our state's overburdened Medicaid program and stand up to President Obama and his plan to expand Medicaid in the state of Texas.
Creating Jobs & Growing the Economy
As our nation continues to recover from the recent recession, it’s more important than ever that we keep the “Texas Economic Miracle” alive by continuing to support the fundamental governing principles which have made Texas so successful. Principles like living within your means, balancing your budgets, keeping taxes low and under control, and promoting a legal and regulatory environment that encourages businesses to grow and thrive.
As your voice in the Texas Senate, I will continue to seek out waste and mismanagement in our state government, work to balance our state budget, and protect the hard-working citizens of Texas from new taxes or job-killing regulations.
Securing the Border
The beauty of America is not simply that we are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws. Illegal immigration not only disrespects the rule of law, but also tears at the fabric of our society, straining our schools, our jails, and our emergency rooms past the breaking point. While securing our border is primarily an obligation of our federal government, Washington's failure to address this problem has had dramatic consequences for the people of Texas.
As your State Senator, I have opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants and fought to put an end to so-called "sanctuary cities" which refuse to enforce our immigration laws. I helped increase funding for DPS border security operations, and will push for harsher penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.
Improving Our Children's Schools
Our state's most valuable resource is it's children, and our legislature's most important role is providing those children with an "efficient system of free, public schools." As a father of three young boys in our public schools, I'll keep working every day to make our school system one of the best in the nation.
Our schools should offer engaging opportunities that allow all students to play a productive role in society - regardless of whether they're bound for the workforce, a trade school, junior college, or a traditional four-year university. After meeting with teachers and parents this last session, I helped pass landmark public education reform (HB 5) which gives students and parents greater flexibility in tailoring a curriculum that supports a student’s individual interests. We also reduced the number of high-stakes, standardized tests from 15 down to 5, so teachers have more time to focus on instruction and education, rather than simply teaching to the test.
Texas children deserve first-rate schools and those trapped in failing schools deserve an option in their education. That's why I've consistently fought to expand schools choice in Texas and provide parents and students with the freedom to decide the setting which best fits their educational needs.
Meeting the Challenges of Tomorrow
With over 1,000 new residents moving to Texas every day, our state is has sometimes struggled to keep up with its own success. Anyone that's driven our roads knows that as our state has grown, so have our traffic problems. Similarly, anyone living in Texas for the past few years knows that the drought has hit our state hard and reliable sources of water are getting harder and harder to come by.
That's why, as your State Senator, I worked with my colleagues to enact innovative new approaches to invest in new water and highway infrastructure projects without raising taxes. These important measures will secure Texas' place as the land of opportunity, and to keep water and traffic flowing freely across Texas for generations to come.
Defending Life & Liberty
As a constitutional conservative, I am a steadfast defender of our God-given constitutional rights; specifically our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I'm committed to the protection of innocent human life and have worked to enact the kind of pro-life policies that Texans support.
Being a sixth-generation Texan and concealed handgun permit-holder myself, I am also a committed defender of the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms. That's why I've fought to expand concealed carry onto college campuses and allow law-abiding gun owners to carry their firearms openly.