The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution says it best: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. Without the right to defend you and family’s life, liberty, and property, all other rights are effectively useless. As a member of the United States Air Force, I took an oath to defend the Constitution and will continue to carry out that promise as a State Senator.
Unfortunately, in Virginia the 2nd Amendment is under attack. In 2020, the Democrat Senator Saslaw introduced bill SB 16 which would make owning any so called “assault rifle” a class 6 felony, without any exemption. Effectively, the Senate Democrats were ready to make over a million law-abiding gun-owning Virginians felons overnight!
I pledge to oppose any law, rule, or regulation which infringes upon our Constitutional right to bear arms including any gun bans, firearms taxes, red flag laws, and limits on carry, concealed or otherwise. I promise to be the tip of the spear opposing such tyrannical proposals.
The right to life is a sacred principle of our nation, found in both Preamble to the Declaration of Independence and the Holy Bible. Abortion is an abomination and goes against my core values as a Christian.
Since the Democrats have taken over the legislature, they have passed many terrible laws at the bidding of one of their top campaign donors: Planned Parenthood. The so-called “Tran Bill” (named for the bill’s sponsor Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran) in 2019 required tax-payer funding for abortion and allowed the procedure for any reason into the third trimester! The Tran Bill was defeated at that time, but its content continues to be a Democrat legislative goal.
I am pro-life without any exception and will not vote for any budget with funding for Planned Parenthood or the abortion industry. As your senator, I pledge to defend the sanctity of life at every turn, with every fiber of my being.
As a small business owner, I know all too well that our government taxes, regulates, and spends too much. Through the Obama administrations war on coal, our region has seen firsthand how big government regulation can destroy entire industries and devastation our economy. Simply put, Virginia has an over regulation and an overspending problem, not a revenue problem. I am opposed to any tax increases and further government regulation of private enterprise. I will push for job creation through deregulation and lower taxes to create a business-friendly economy.
For reference, Virginia’s top individual tax rate of 5.75% is higher than 3 of our 5 neighboring states. While the top rate is tied with Maryland, Virginia taxpayers start paying it once they earn $40,000 a year while in Maryland it does not kick in until an income of $250,000. When our tax code is not competitive with a state like Maryland, much less North Carolina or Tennessee, it helps explain why our state is in such dire economic straits.
Faith and Family Values
As a Christian, Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Faith in God is the bedrock foundation upon which I have built my life. Government has no business dictating the church and its teachings. I honor my oath and defend the freedom of Religion as enshrined in the Constitution. I will protect institution of faith and biblical teachings from Government intrusion and progressive ideology.
The nuclear family is a cornerstone of a strong society. Progressivism has placed the traditional family is under constant assault.
From opioids to human trafficking to anti-American curriculums in our public schools there are many realities we must confront to make Virginia safe for our children. I pledge to stand firm in my faith in Richmond and always vote to help strengthen families in our state.