Second Amendment Rights
I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to carry legal firearms for self-protection and other lawful purposes, such as hunting and fishing. I do not now - and would never - apologize for my pro-gun, pro-freedom stance on this issue.
Illegal immigration is an issue that I care deeply about and have been substantially impacted by. I am a commercial farmer with farm employees. I pay employment taxes and social security - as well as standardized legal wages - for my employees on my farm every year. Many of my competitors, however, employ illegal aliens and I cannot compete effectively with them.
As a small businessman, I understand what it takes to stimulate our economy through small business incentives and relief -- together with job training partnerships with our local community colleges, military training programs and vocational technical schools.
Responsible Spending & Taxes
I am committed to fight to reduce tax burdens on Northwest Floridians by whatever means possible. I am proud to report that I have supported every tax relief measure that has come before me in the Florida House of Representatives and have consistently voted against tax increases of any kind.
As a faith-based family man, I am committed to working hard to honor the Christian values that are the foundation of our faith and families in my service on behalf of Northwest Florida.
As a homeowner and small business owner in Northwest Florida, I understand the importance of continuing to fight to reduce property insurance rates and to hold insurance companies accountable for delivering promptly the full benefits that they promise.
Meeting the unique needs of District 2's military families and preserving the integral economic role played by military bases in our Northwest Florida community is extremely important to me.
As a father and grandfather in Northwest Florida, I know the importance of preserving the quality of our schools by marshaling educational funding resources and investing fully in the educational futures of our children.
As a Panhandle small businessman since the 1970s, I understand the challenges unique to small business owners, and I believe in removing obstacles to health care coverage opportunities for small businesses by opening the marketplace options available to them for employee coverage plans.