1. What does being a conservative mean to you; what are conservative values?
a. Individual Freedom
We are all created equal and are granted by God the same inherent freedoms, to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, free speech, free exercise of religion, own property, defend our families and ourselves.
b. Limited Government
To champion individual liberty, we must constantly work to reduce government. Separation of powers within the government as provided in the Constitution with the necessary system of checks and balances to protect individual liberties.
c. The Rule of Law
John Adams said in effect that we are “a government of laws and not men,” and therein, the rule of law must be our foundation. It is the rule of law that allows justice to be administered in an impartial and equal manner.
d. Strong National Defense
The federal government is to provide for a “common defense” of the United States by protecting this country and our strategic interests. We must continue to remain as the strongest military power among nations to protect ourselves and our strategic interests because the appearance of weakness invites aggression. Look at the recent actions of Russia and China.
e. Fiscal Responsibility
The federal debt is dangerous and unstainable. It can affect our economic growth and the stability of our government. It is a burden that should not go to future generations.
f. Free-Market Economy
A free-market economy and free trade allow for innovation and economic growth. It is in this place where the business owners and the entrepreneurs can pursue the American dream. The private sector with limited government intrusion is where hard work, innovation, and self-sacrifice have built our great economy.
g. Human Dignity
It is my belief that we are created equal and in the image of God, so every human life should have dignity and value, and each of us should be measured only by the content of our character.
2. Where do you believe our rights come from?
From God and as manifested in our US Constitution and Texas Constitution
3. What is the role of government and what role do the courts have?
In my opinion, an essential role of government and, in fact, the purpose of government is to secure our rights as individuals and to maintain and increase the liberty of our citizens.
The trial court’s role is following the rule of law, the US Constitution, and the Texas Constitution to ensure that our unalienable rights to life, liberty, conscience, free speech, the free exercise of religion, the ability to pursue happiness, own property, build wealth and defend our families and ourselves are protected.
4. If an agency of the Federal Government were violating the rights of a citizen in your county what would you do?
I am not sure where you are coming from on this question. I need more specific facts to answer.
5. Do you have any lobbyists or special interest groups wooing you?
Absolutely none! I am not a politician.
6. Who are your top donors and what are their interests?
So far, close friends and family.
7. What do you consider to be the biggest challenge the courts are facing at this time and what will you do about it.
The biggest challenge is a backlogged court docket and respect for the judicial system.
The courts are backed up because of COVID-19 and other factors. I will make getting the backlog of old cases needing jury trials a priority while ensuring that the other matters in the court do not fall further behind. I will work hard and creatively to get this part of the job done.
In this very recent culture where the judiciary’s integrity seems to be under attack, honest, impartial, and competent judges are critical to Texas citizens’ respect for the law. Those that come before a court for a decision need to know that their voice will be heard and that they will be treated with respect and dignity. At the same time, the court needs to follow the rule of law and uphold the United States and Texas Constitutions. I will work hard as a judge using my experience and legal knowledge in many complex areas of law to maintain the respect for and the integrity of this court. I have pledged to follow the rule of law and the United States and Texas Constitutions.