What I believe
The real enemy of the pro-life movement isn’t the abortion lobby. It’s big business. Indiana’s Republican establishment has avoided any significant attempt to stop the murder of the unborn for fear of upsetting certain large, corporate interests. Yet Texas, the 9th largest economy in the world, recently passed the most sweeping pro-life bill in the nation. It proves that being pro-life is more about conviction than talk.
I am 100% pro-life. No exceptions. And, as your state representative, I will always defend life—from conception to natural death—no matter who stands in the way.
The 2nd Amendment is about more than just hunting. It’s about ensuring the government doesn't hold a monopoly on the use of force. It's about the right to protect you, your family, and your property—a right so essential, the Founders placed it only second to your right to free speech in the Bill of Rights. I’m a member of both Gun Owners of America and the NRA. Not only will I never vote to limit our gun rights, I support Indiana finally joining the 21 other states in the U.S. who have already enacted Constitutional Carry.
Words have meaning and power. It should not be lost on us that God not only spoke creation into being, but that His first order was, "Let there be light." In many ways, to attack speech is to embrace darkness. Our Founders intuitively understood this and made free speech the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. However, the Left understands this, too. It's why they have worked to control speech by removing all meaning from some words, while making other words off-limits. And, they're not alone.
Big business, Big Tech, and big government are erasing the 1st Amendment at breakneck speed. One of the fastest-growing jobs in corporate America is the "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" officer, which is less about diversity and more about policing employee speech. Big Tech censors conservative thought, even going so far as to remove a sitting President from social media. And, simply speaking up at a school board meeting now runs the risk of a criminal investigation. We can't count on Congress to act on our behalf. Indiana must do more at the state level to safeguard this foundational right on behalf of Hoosiers.
The traditional family is the foundation of any stable, secure society. Few experts want to admit just how closely the breakdown of the family tracks with increases in crime and poverty. In fact, a two parent home is one of the greatest predictors for avoiding poverty and ensuring the future success of children. Yet, look around today, and the traditional family is under attack on every front.
Growing up, we could generally count on the Republican Party to defend the family. But, somewhere over the last decade, the Party abandoned it, siding with big corporations and special interests that think the traditional family is bad for business. Our Party must embrace families once again. We must do more to elevate the role of traditional, two parent families in our state. I support Indiana enacting its own child tax credit, as well as tax credits for child and dependent care.
In 2015, Republicans controlled all branches of Indiana's state government and passed a relatively benign religious freedom act. Yet, GOP leaders were so intimidated by the reactions of corporate interests like the NCAA, Salesforce, Apple, and Subaru that they all but abandoned families and small businesses. Since then, those corporate interests have only gained more influence over policy outside of the democratic process.
With free speech, we not only have the right to speak, but the freedom from being compelled to speak or act against your faith and conscience. It’s time to push back against corporate influence over the popular will of Hoosiers.
Special Needs Families
Twenty years ago, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Today, it’s 1 in 44. Even beyond autism, chances are, you’re the parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor, or friend of someone with special needs. No matter the disability, Indiana’s special needs families need a voice in the Statehouse—especially after the COVID lockdown when special needs families suffered some of the greatest loss of services and increased hardships on their loved ones. My wife and I are the parents of a child with special needs and I will be a tireless advocate for special needs individuals, and their families, to lead more independent, freer, and fuller lives.
Bigger isn't always better. Just look at the frightening monopoly power that Silicon Valley tech companies wield today. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet account for 20% of our stock market capitalization. Many of these tech companies operate as if they were sovereign nations, with no regard for our rights and freedoms. They see no value in our rural communities, unless it’s our open farmland for their fulfillment warehouses. During the lockdown, Hoosier small businesses were forced to play by rules that crippled them while making Big Tech bigger and richer. It should come as no surprise that the decline of small, local retailers tracks with the growth of companies like Amazon.
Congress has utterly failed to rein in Big Tech. However, Indiana has the power to protect Hoosiers from Silicon Valley’s overreach here locally. We can give Hoosiers more control over their data, level the playing field for Hoosier small business and Hoosier eCommerce, and put restrictions on what Big Tech censors within our state.
Voting is our voice in a republic, yet the Left treats elections as if they were an online poll for your favorite restaurant. In 2020, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, gave a staggering $419 million to questionable voter outreach nonprofits. Those groups then used that money to effectively take over the voter registration offices in Democrat counties in swing states. It was an unprecedented case of private money being used to influence an election—not by running ads or sending mail—but by controlling the administration of an election. It’s yet another reason why Big Tech is not our friend.
Guaranteeing the integrity of elections goes straight to heart of preserving trust in our way of life. I will opposed all measures that seek to erode that trust and ensure our local elections are kept local.