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Would you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit abortion except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother?
Would you support or oppose legislation that would make either sexual orientation or gender identity/expression a new protected class under Tennessee’s civil rights laws?
Would you support or oppose a bill to amend Tennessee’s marriage statute to expressly authorize the issuance of marriage licenses to two people of the same sex?
Would you support or oppose legislation that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Tennessee?
Would you support or oppose legislation to allow the state to defend public K-12 schools that are sued because they designate the use of locker rooms and bathrooms on the basis of biological sex instead of the gender by which a student identifies?
Do you support or oppose the proposition, advanced by a certain business coalition, that the bill described in question 5 is “discriminatory” and “would harm our economy and damage our state’s reputation”?
Currently, a majority of the Justices on the Tennessee Supreme Court select the state’s Attorney General and Reporter. Would you support or oppose an amendment to the state Constitution that allows the Legislature to elect the Attorney General and Reporter in the same manner that it elects the Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer?
Would you support or oppose an amendment to the state Constitution that allows the Governor to appoint the state’s Attorney General and Reporter subject to confirmation by the Legislature, as now happens with the appointment of the state’s Supreme Court Justices?
Would you support or oppose legislation, like Insure Tennessee proposed by Governor Haslam in 2015, that would expand Medicaid coverage in Tennessee beyond the Medicaid-eligible population?
Do you support or oppose the decision by the state’s Department of Health to disregard the state’s current adoption laws and allow a child’s original birth certificate to show that the child has two mothers simply because one of the women is married to the child’s biological mother?
Would you support or oppose a bill that would prohibit the state or local governmental entities from either giving preference to or discriminating against a business entity in awarding of grants or contracts based on whether the business has made sexual orientation or gender identity a protected status under its personnel policies, assuming that either of such statuses is not otherwise required by federal law?
Would you support or oppose legislation to award all of Tennessee’s Electors in a presidential election to the Party of the candidate who wins the national popular vote?
Do you support or oppose legalizing horse racing tracks in Tennessee at which bets can be placed on races?
There is a school of thought that the Constitution is a “living” document, meaning its various provisions are evolving and should be interpreted in the context of contemporary societal mores. Would you support or oppose a nominee to the Tennessee Supreme Court if there is credible evidence that the nominee believes the state or federal Constitution should be viewed or interpreted as a “living” document?
Would you support or oppose legislation to ensure that an adoption agency with a sincerely held belief that marriage is only one man and one woman would not lose its state license to make adoption placements if it only placed children in homes into which the marriage was of one man and one woman?
Explain your view of state government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation.
The state should provide an environment that makes it attractive for business to come and grow in our state. Low taxes, less fees and regulations will keep Tennessee growing economically. Lower cost to do business in Tennessee will attract more businesses and thus employ more Tennesseans.
What are your thoughts about a parent of a child in a low performing public school being provided a voucher equal to the amount of the state’s per-student expenditure that would be applied toward the child’s private school tuition?
I would want to see the Bill before I would support it but in theory as long as it does not allow the private school to pick and choose who they want to accept I think it will provide other options for students trapped in failing schools.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever done or accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
When I was drafted by the Chicago White Sox to play baseball professionally. I worked very hard for many years and was able to reach to pinnacle of professional sports. I knew from my father that if I worked hard I would have a chance and it paid off after many years of sacrifice.
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?
My leadership abilities and my determination to get a task completed. I have a skill set that allows me to work with a team and attain goals. Lastly I have the patience and ability to listen and learn so I can arrive at a logical conclusion to a set task.
What bill that passed in the last General Assembly would you have voted against and why, or what bill that was not passed in the last General Assembly do you wish had passed and why?
I would have supported the Sanctuary City bill that passed the General Assembly. I believe our city's must work within the framework set forth by the State. We need to recognize the importance of protecting our citizens from illegal immigrants especially those that break the law.