Ethics and Corruption
Recently, we have seen both the Governor and the Speaker of the House removed from office because of corruption. I believe we need a serious housecleaning in Montgomery; it is time to drain the swamp! I believe elected officials should be held to a high standard. I have done my part to support ethics and fight against corruption as a member of the Republican Steering Committee. I supported a resolution calling on Governor Bentley to resign and supported a code of ethics for the Steering Committee itself. The good news is the tough ethics laws the Republicans passed in 2010 are working. In fact, they are working so well that the laws are holding officials in the Republican Party accountable. Ethics is not a partisan issue. We all agree that it is imperative that we be able to trust our elected officials. I do not support weakening the ethics laws. (I would work to revise the text of the laws for clarity’s sake.) Alabama needs to make greater strides to clean up corruption in Montgomery. As a member of the legislature, I also served on the Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee.
2nd Amendment Gun Rights
I am a firm believer in gun rights. I am a lifetime member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights). I am also a member of Bama Carry. I own Gold, Guns, and Guitars, Inc., which sells thousands of firearms each year. I am against any law (or proposed bill) that restricts the ownership of guns for law-abiding citizens or infringes in any way on our right to bear arms.
As a member of the legislature, I was the prime sponsor of Constitutional Carry. I do not believe the government has a right to sell you back your gun rights for a yearly fee!
Religious liberty was one of the founding principles of our American Republic. Alabama needs to protect the individual liberties and freedoms that made our country great.
I do not believe it is right to force pro-life individuals or organizations to fund abortion through their tax dollars or health insurance premiums. I do not believe individuals should have to set aside their deeply held religious beliefs to hold elected office or operate a small business.
In Alabama, about 30% of adoptions are through faith-based organizations. I supported legislation that allows faith-based adoption agencies to screen potential parents for adoptions based on the organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
Growth of Government
I am a small-government conservative and I believe most political issues should be decided at the local level rather than mandated by the state. Every time a new agency is created, or a new regulation is passed, we lose a bit of our freedom. As a state representative, I voted to limit the size of government so that we remained as free as possible. I routinely voted against state budgets that grew the size and scope of government. I also voted against bond issues that saddle our children and grandchildren with debt so that we can spend more money today. Finally, I voted against higher taxes and fees because I believe money is used best when it is left in the pockets of Alabama citizens. The Alabama Policy Institute awarded me the 2020 Conservative Policy Warrior award for my conservative voting record with regard to bond issues, taxes, and growth of government.
My father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all Baptist preachers. Therefore, I was raised in a conservative home with traditional Christian values. I am 100% pro-life, 100% against gay marriage, and believe that parents should have the final say over how they raise their children and what they are taught in school.
I will always vote to support Christian cultural values that have served America so well. I married my wife Hannah in 2017, and we look forward to the birth of our first child in October. We are excited to raise our children in Alabama, where conservative family values are part of the culture.
As a member of the legislature, I voted for the strictest in the nation abortion ban. I also supported the Born Alive bill, which said that doctors had to exercise reasonable care to save a baby born alive during an abortion.