Candidates for Congressional District 5
Community of Residence: Gilbert, Arizona
Business: "Free Man Press"
Occupation: United States Congressman - Arizona's Fifth District
Education Background: Brigham Young University B.A. of Asian Studies; Arizona State University
M.A. of Political Science; University of Arizona J.D.
Brief summary of employment history: Attorney since 1985, admitted in AZ, NM, and WA. Member of the Arizona Legislature for 14 years, the last four as Senate President, published author, and current Member of Congress since 2017.
How long have you lived in the Congressional District? 33 years
Give three (3) of your qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for Congressional District 5. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.
While many candidates make promises they won't keep, my voting record shows I keep mine. In Congress and the State Legislature, I have clearly explained my positions to the constituents I serve so they know where I stand.
I believe that our representatives must be one of us to represent us. I have lived in Gilbert for over 30 years. I have worked here, raised my family here, and been active in our community throughout that time.
I have been elected to lead diverse and bipartisan caucuses, ensuring the community I represent will always have a seat at the table.
I founded the bipartisan War Powers Caucus with Ro Khanna of California, I am the Co-Chairman of the Border Security Caucus, a Board Member of the Western Caucus, and Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
What are the top two (2) priorities you would push to accomplish during your term as a member of Congress and why do you believe these are important to accomplish?
My first priority is the federal budget. Congress must enact a structurally balanced budget, cut spending, dramatically reduce our national debt, reform our regulatory system, and cut taxes. These steps will put Americans on a fiscally responsible path that we can be glad to leave to future generations.
I will continue to fiercely defend human life. I have fought to defund Planned Parenthood, ban late term abortion, and make sure individuals in the healthcare system will never be forced to take an innocent life.
What do you believe is the preferred way to accomplish funding for education (at all levels) and what should the role of the Federal government be in that funding?
The preferred way to fund education will vary by state as each have different education needs, funding formulas, and budgetary requirements and constraints.
Education decisions should be made by parents-not the federal government. I support families having full freedom to choose what works best for their children, including public, private, online or homeschool. Every child should have an opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed in a career path they choose. I will continue to advance education priorities focusing on local control, maximum flexibility, and ensure that Arizonans have the most educational opportunities available to them.
What experience do you have with complex budgets?
As the Arizona Legislature's Senate President, we achieved a structurally-balanced budget while meeting the pressing needs of our state. Prior to that, I served as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee where I led in prioritizing spending and crafting our state's complex budget.
In order to deal with a $3 billion deficit and pass structurally-balanced budgets that would be signed by the Governor, I had to work with members from both sides of the aisle to make the hard decisions and generate consensus. Arizona's fiscal future was put on a more sustainable path because of our efforts.
If elected to represent Congressional District 5, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?
My constituents are my stakeholders and they elected me to shrink the size and scope of the federal government, cut wasteful spending, reduce the deficit, balance the federal budget, advance pro-life policies, secure our borders, protect our national security interests, cut taxes and regulation, fix our broken healthcare system, return education policy to the states, and restore accountability in Washington, D.C. My voting record is and will continue to be a record of promises kept to my constituents. Going forward, I will not stop fighting to ensure that they are heard in our Nation's Capital.