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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 government's role in economic growth and job production should be as limited as possible. A capitalistic, private market is the the economic engine of this state. The closer we stick to these two principals the better.
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 support greater school choice that inhibits more effective education for our state's children. I firmly believe that parents should have the most say in how their child is educated. In some cases I believe that vouchers can help parents and students have greater choice especially if they are in a situation where the student is being failed by a low performing school.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever done or accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
For nearly 11 years I served in the Army National Guard and later the US Army Reserve. This time in the military and specifically my time as a tank platoon leader was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. I have a passion for service and enjoyed this chance to command troops and serve my country.
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?
My ability to clearly communicate my ideas and convince others to support my legislation make me an effective leader and legislator. Additionally, my experiences in church and military leadership have ingrained in me the desire to lead by serving others. By being accessible to my constituency, I have been able to better serve them as a legislator and will continue to do so.
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?
HB2484 was a bill that I cosponsored in the House but did not pass in the Senate. This bill would have changed law so that if someone with a valid handgun carry permit who entered posted premises to be allowed to leave immediately rather than face criminal liability. This is a real concern for law abiding citizens who conceal carry.