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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.
Tennessee’s economy is prospering because we are a low tax state, no income or inheritance taxes. The Hall’s income tax is being eliminated. Businesses desire to locate here or expand in this environment. Tennessee needs to remain fiscally conservative, not initiating any new programs that are not sustainable with proven existing resources. Tennessee must keep all regulations of businesses to a minimum. We need to provide schools the structure and resources to provide alternative education channels for students. We need to be sure our students are educated and trained in the skills that today’s businesses and industry are demanding.
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 am open to this. We must support our public schools but we must demand they provide the proper level of performance. I am a product of public education, I believe in it. However, if you have a failing school, parents should have options to provide the best education for their children.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever done or accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
My wife and I have raised and successfully launched four wonderful childern. As a parent there is nothing more satisfying.
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?
I listen well, I try to keep an open mind and get educated on an issue before making a decision. I have always believed in working hard and smart. I have over 40 years of business and professional experience as a CPA and bank executive. I have a undergraduate and graduate degree in business. I served on the Coffee county commission for 22 years just finishing my last term. I have been the Budget and Finance chairman for the last 10 years. I have negotiated with fellow commissioners and elected officials on many issues and have always fought against any tax increases.
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?