The Economy

Too often, more government is seen as the solution to our problems. In reality, the work ethic and creativity of individuals and businesses are what make our economy strong. I believe government should do all it can to create new good paying jobs and reject policies that slow job growth and the economy.  To build a stronger and more prosperous Missouri, I support:

  • Keeping taxes low for Missouri families and businesses;
  • Reining in wasteful government spending; and
  • Rolling back burdensome, job-killing regulations.

Education

I believe every child has a right to a quality K-12 education.  I support strong funding for our schools and paying good teachers well.  I also believe local control over education is critical.  To that end, I will fight to end Common Core and work against any attempts by the federal government to dictate to local schools how to educate our kids.  Parents and local school boards, not Washington D.C. bureaucrats, should be empowered to make decisions concerning the education of Missouri’s children.

Safeguarding the Bill of Rights

Our Founding Fathers knew certain rights and liberties were essential to a free society.  I will stand up for the First Amendment rights of our churches and other institutions to freely exercise their religious beliefs against government infringement.  Likewise, I will work tirelessly to protect the individual rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

Protecting Life

I believe every life is sacred. It is the role of government to ensure the protection of human life, particularly when it comes to the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable individuals in our society.  Government must do all it can to protect the rights of the unborn to fulfill their God-given potential.

Public Safety

Protecting our communities from violence and crime is one of the central functions of government. Members of law enforcement and first responders put their lives on the line every day, and they deserve the support of their elected officials.  I will always support law enforcement and first responders by ensuring they have the proper backing needed to do their jobs effectively.

Government Ethics

Trust in government is at an all-time low.  To create a more ethical culture in Jefferson City, I support:

  • Term limits for all statewide elected officials; and
  • Banning lobbyist gifts to elected officials.

Supporting Missouri’s Farmers

My great-great grandfather settled in mid-Missouri and purchased a farm along the banks of the Osage River during the last quarter of the 1800s.  That farm remains in my family to this day.  I understand the importance farming plays in Missouri’s economy and to our rural tradition as a state.  I support measures to roll back existing and prevent future government regulations that unreasonably restrict the rights of Missouri’s farmers to do their important work.