I am a 6th generation Texan. My forefathers were among the most well-respected cattlemen of their time. My great, great uncle drove the first herd of cattle onto the XIT Ranch, and gave the ranch its name. I’m proud of this heritage and believe that agriculture and rural Texas are the heart and soul of our great State. I have worked on behalf of Agriculture and rural Texas my entire career, and I look forward to using this experience to ensure that our food, fuel and clothing continue to come from Texas.
As Commissioner, I will:
For decades, Democrats and Republicans have refused to fix our immigration problems. Sanctuary cities, in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, DACA, and other policies serve as magnets for more illegal immigration and make our communities less safe. This is why I am suing sanctuary cities (libertydefense.org) and calling on President Trump to place a moratorium on ALL immigration until we have true reform. I support Senator Tom Cotton’s legislation that would end chain migration, create a merit based immigration system, and cut legal immigration in half.
In contrast, my opponent voted for giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition at Texas universities and has suggested we need to consult with Mexico before protecting our Southern border.
I am a constitutional conservative and believe the right to self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms are among our most sacred inalienable rights – meaning, they are rights endowed to us by God and cannot be taken away. These rights are enshrined in the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution and we must remain vigilant in protecting them.
In 1999, liberal mayors across the country attempted to infringe upon our Second Amendment rights by suing gun manufacturers in hopes of bankrupting them. In response, I helped draft legislation that was passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by the Governor to prohibit Texas cities from suing gun makers.
To further combat these frivolous lawsuits, I formed the Civil Liberties Defense Foundation along with Jerry Patterson (the author of Texas’ concealed handgun law), then state representative Suzanna Hupp (often referred to as the “mother” of the Texas concealed handgun law), and then state representative Rick Green. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of numerous Texas legislators and gun stores against 31 liberal mayors for attempting to infringe upon our right to keep and bear arms. We were ultimately successful in shutting down the mayors’ lawsuit.
We must do everything within our power to protect unborn children. I support the great strides that our Legislature has taken to promote a culture that values the lives of the unborn. I will be a vocal supporter of private and public efforts to prevent unwanted pregnancies and find loving homes for children in need of adoption.
As a conservative Christian, I have become increasingly alarmed by the attacks on Christianity in our culture. As a statewide elected official, I will use the power of the pulpit to defend Christianity and return our nation to the its religious roots, as intended by our Founding Fathers.
The Department of Agriculture should be focused on agriculture. Over the years, TDA has become bloated with programs that have nothing to do with agriculture. TDA should not be regulating school lunches, lottery balls or gas pumps. Some of these programs should be eliminated, others should be sent to more appropriate agencies that can administer them more efficiently and effectively without a political agenda. Once the bureaucratic bloat is removed from the agency, we can get back to promoting, protecting and preserving agriculture and rural Texas.
The Bill of Rights protects individuals from being “deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” and further states that no person shall have “property taken for public use without just compensation.”
Private Property rights are sacred to our way of life in Texas.
As the next Agriculture Commissioner, I will work with the Legislature to ensure that our laws respect the rights of landowners.