Issues

Obamacare
Obamacare is a disaster that already is causing cancelled policies and jacked-up premiums.  Loading up the Medicaid rolls will create more bureaucracy and will require future heavy tax increases.  I stand against this vast government overreach.  I will press our Congressional leaders for full repeal of Obamacare, and I will fight for a truly affordable quality healthcare system.

Jobs
When I was a young adult, I had to move away to find a good job.  I don’t want my children, or YOURS, to have to do the same.  Innovative people, small businesses and entrepreneurs, CAN create and expand good jobs in District 19, but government must create a pro-jobs atmosphere, by reducing regulations, lowering the tax burden, and creating tax incentives for new existing businesses.  I will fight to reduce government restrictions and put our citizens back to work.

Gun Rights
Our founding fathers understood that unlimited private gun ownership is necessary to preserve our liberties.  The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution states simply but powerfully, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” But some activists do not believe in the 2nd Admendment and are relentless in trying to disarm law-abiding citizens.  They must not succeed.  I’ll NEVER compromise away your right to keep and bear arms.

​Right to Life
I believe common decency demands that we protect all our children, born and unborn, from the moment of conception.  It is ironic that we protect animals from cruelty, outlaw the destruction of certain bird and reptile eggs, and even declare corporations to be legal “persons”, but we nevertheless deny personhood to unborn human babies and approve their painful slaughter simply to avoid inconvenience to the mother.  Roe v. Wade should be overturned.  Until that happens, I will never vote to allow tax dollars to be spend, directly or indirectly, to fund abortions, and I will always vote to restrict access to this barbaric practice.

Education
With so many of our jobs being sent to cheap-labor countries, we owe it to our children to TEACH THEM HOW to start their OWN businesses and create jobs here at home.  Studies in business principles and entrepreneurship should be required in every Arkansas high school.  Our schools should be training grounds for future business owners, operators, and job creators.  I will work to support our schools and improve the quality and content of their curriculums.

Veterans
Our veterans and injured military men and women are heroes who were willing to fight, and die if necessary, to preserve our liberties.  It is shameful that too often they have to FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT just to get basic health care.  I believe we owe our veterans true quality health care and ALL the benefits they were promised.  I will be a strong advocate for the veterans and military families of District 19.

Agriculture
Our farm families are the economic backbone of District 19.  They produce the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the products we use every day.  Their farms create jobs and incomes for other working families.  We must stand with our friends and neighbors against the powerful special interests who want to grab their water rights and saddle them with overbearing taxes.  As your Senator, I will STAND UP for our farm families.

Rural Schools
In recent years, we have become very aware that our rural school systems are under attack.  No matter how good a school may be state law requires that it be closed if enrollment falls below a magic number that big-government professionals pulled out of a hat.  The result is that many Arkansas’ kids spend hours on school buses, teachers and employees have to move away to find work, country tax bases are eroded, and small communities are destroyed.  I will FIGHT to end the war on rural schools.