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Lifelong Constitutional Christian Conservative Republican

 

While there are many issues that face us in today's politically divisive age, I take a Soldier's approach to attacking the issues that most directly affect the people of Georgia's 71st District

Taxes

First and foremost I am proud to let voters know I have kept my promise and voted NO on EVERY single tax increase. Sometimes these come in the form of upfront bills, and sometimes they come in the form of bills like HB 448 and HB 1021. Many times I am one of the only legislators who stands firm, but I will not vote yes for any new proposal that cost the tax payers money. If it is a good idea, than we need to find a revenue neutral way to get it done. The government already takes far too much of your money.

Veterans

With the 5th largest active military population in the US, we have the opportunity to excel in service delivery to our veterans. Currently, there are over 750,000 veterans living in Georgia and we can expect this number to continue to grow. Simple, innovative solutions can help us retain the valuable skills that veterans bring to the workforce and our communities. States can no longer wait on the VA to deliver results for our veterans. While there are many issues to address, Veteran services and care are without question my number one priority.

So far I have sponsored several bills addressing veteran care. These bills range from no income tax on veteran retirement to automatic licensure for certified professionals transition out of the service to civilian life. We have also worked to reduce license fees for active duty service members and grant the students of active military personnel the ability to use in-state tuition. 

Small Business

As a limited government conservative, I believe in the power of small businesses to transform our communities. That is why I think we need fewer regulations and a less burdensome tax code on our small businesses. I have been able to fight the uncontrolled growth of government on bills such as HB 593/641/674/857/886/1084/ and many more.

The future competitiveness of our state depends on the growth and creation of economic opportunities throughout Georgia and despite the significant revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19 I have been able to help keep making Georgia the best state in the country to do business. I was also proud to vote YES for the largest tax cut in Georgia history.

Healthcare Reform

The major expansion of MEDICARE and MEDICAID coverages in GA since the passing of the Affordable Care Act have continued to increase the cost to the state and taxpayer. We are doing everything we can in the state legislature to try and drive the cost of healthcare down and increase the access to services of every Georgian. House Bill 991 was a major step forward as we move to end surprise billing in Georgia. This will give power back to the consumers and away from the billion dollar insurance companies who cash in on these secretive billing practices. 

LIFE 

The United States is in a desperate battle to determine the moral compass of our Nation. I believe that we must protect life. Life is ordained by our creator, begins at conception, and should be protected. I have spent my entire adult life fighting those who would try to take life on the battlefield and am committed to continuing that fight on the floor of the General Assembly. 

LIBERTY 

I joined the Army 9 days after we were attacked on September 11, 2001. I spent the next 15 years serving around the world including tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, and South Korea. Having received 2 Bronze Stars and 5 Air Medals for combat actions, I understand the full cost of freedom. I now believe that my oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution from ALL enemies both foreign and domestic is best served by fighting for our liberty in the legislature. I have been a sponsor or supporter of every piece of liberty legislation in the Georgia General Assembly. This includes bills like HB 523/848/952/1032/ and many more. I am working hard on everything from civil asset forfeiture to constitutional carry. 

ACCOUNTABILITY 

Our government and bureaucratic institutions has become bloated and often hinders our citizens and small businesses from achieving their potential. I vow to author simple and easily quantifiable legislation to start restoring trust in our local government. These bills have included my Student Athlete Protection Act to protect women's sports and the Anti-Sanctuary City Bill. I am committed to being accessible to everyone in the 71st district and have kept my pledged to hold regular in person updates with the people of the district during the legislative session. I have done both in person and digital town halls. I believe that remaining accessible is the single best way to remain accountable to those I serve.                  

*Neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or the Department of the Army


News

Sunday, August 29, 2021 12:15 PM

Georgia Lawmaker Challenges State Ballot Barcode System

A self-described voting watchdog organization and a Republican state legislator who represents a suburban Atlanta district are suing to prevent the state’s continued use of an electronic voting system that uses a barcode to verify how a ballot is cast.


Monday, June 21, 2021 12:13 PM

The forest through the trees

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Saturday, May 1, 2021 12:18 PM

Transgender Georgians, families brace as states pass restrictive laws

Much of the legislative action is taking place across the South, including Georgia, where two sets of bills were introduced at the Capitol this year and could be picked up again when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.


Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:10 PM

Bill Seeks to Ban Trans Girls from Boys Sports

A proposal would ban transgender girls and women in Georgia from playing on school and college sports teams. But opponents say it is illegal under federal law and needlessly cruel.Add your news summary here.


Monday, May 18, 2020 4:56 PM

HD 71 candidates report campaign contributions

"Incumbent Rep. Philip* Singleton, who was elected in a special election runoff in October of 2019, has been unable to accept campaign donations since the start of the 2020 Georgia General Assembly session, which began Jan. 13."

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