Are you a legal resident of the district you’re seeking to represent?
Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one?
Do you have any unpaid property taxes?
Do you have any unpaid parking tickets?
Do you have any other debts to a public entity?
If elected will you work at the job full time?
Will you continue to own or operate an outside business while holding this full-time public office?
Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book?
Will you keep regular office hours?
Q. Why should voters choose you? What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A. Our community is setting off on a long road to recovery during a challenging period in our country. My seniority and proven record of being an independent and effective leader for Southeast Texas will be invaluable as we rebuild from Hurricane Ike and overcome the obstacles that are currently facing America.
Q. What are the issues in this campaign? What is your platform on those issues?
A. Hurricane Ike recovery economic challenges and identifying a comprehensive energy strategy for America are the issues that will dominate this election and impact our community more than any others. I’ve lived my entire life on the Gulf Coast. I have weathered the storms with my fellow Texans and when it was time to clean up I was right there with you. I know what it takes to rebuild I know what we’re capable of and I know how to get the job done. My Texas values and record of effectiveness is why I am fighting everyday for fiscal responsibility and eliminating waste fraud and abuse in government while improving efficiency. This fighting spirit is what drives me to develop a bi-partisan comprehensive energy plan that will decrease gas prices increase national security and jumpstart our economy through American ingenuity not bailouts.
Q. If you promise to control or reduce taxes tell us how and be specific. For example how do you propose offsetting the inflation in government operating costs you cannot control (insurance utilities fuel costs etc.) by cutting costs you can control?
A. Tax cuts for the middle-class has to be a priority. However fiscal responsibility must be at the forefront of every action to ensure that we are not passing on debt to our children. We can offset tax cuts by improving efficiency in government attacking waste fraud and abuse and finding new was to expand our economy.
Q. What government programs or personnel can be cut to reduce the increasing cost of government? Be specific.
A. In April I worked to reform the IRS by improving efficiency and decreasing unnecessary bureaucracy which saved taxpayers more than $50 million. Similar actions could be implemented in every department and agency at every level of government saving immeasurable taxpayer dollars.
Q. What specific actions would you take to make the office you seek more accessible to county residents and work efficiently with tax monies?
A. Over the past two years I have held over 600 public events and met with more than 60000 of our friends and neighbors. Everyone who writes or calls my office is heard and responded to in writing. Every constituent problem complaint or challenge is taken seriously and receives every resource my office can offer. This is level of service you can expect and the type of service I am known for delivering.
Q. Tell us a about yourself. How old are you? What is your occupation? What is your highest level of education?
A. Family is the most important aspect of my life. I’ve lived in Texas each of the 62 years I’ve been alive and will call Texas home for the rest of my life. I earned a Bachelors in biology and a Masters Degree in education from Lamar University but some of the most important lessons I have learned have been taught by my children and grandchildren whose future I consider in every decision I make a public servant and your congressman.