You work hard, and I have been working just as hard to make sure you keep more of your hard earned money. In 2018, your state income tax was cut for the first time since 1932, allowing you to keep money in your pocket for your family.
As YOUR State Representative, I work to ensure Houston County is well-represented. I promise to serve the needs of the people of Houston County, not the desires of special interest groups.
Learn more about where I stand on the issues that matter most to our communities:
Because of consistent Republican policies, Georgia has been the top state in which to do business for seven straight years. The Georgia General Assembly makes it a priority to improve the lives of all Georgians in both rural and urban areas. We seek to expand healthcare options and rural broadband access, and promote economic development.
We need representatives who will work to remove restrictive regulations, not create them. I was proud to sponsor House Bill 914 this year. This bill supports our military families and veterans as they seek to make Georgia their home. This bill would streamline and expedite the professional licensing process for military spouses and veterans who are transitioning off active duty by easing restrictions for those who hold existing licenses from other states.
Agriculture is of vital importance to Georgia’s economy, bringing in billions of dollars every year. Last year, with the passage of the agricultural hemp bill, we allowed farmers to legally grow this crop under certain conditions. The Georgia General Assembly makes it a priority to support Georgia’s farmers who devote their lives to feeding and clothing our state.
Education is vitally important to every Georgia citizen, and it has a direct effect on the economic health of our state. As the husband of an educator, I know all too well the challenges we have in the classroom. There is room for improvement, but I am proud to say that Georgia is heading in the right direction!
Education is best when it is run at the local level with active parental involvement. When parents have choices, their children’s education flourishes. During the 2017-2018 session, I co-sponsored HB 482 supported school choice so that parents could make the right decision for their child and their family.
For the past three years, the Georgia General Assembly has fully funded education for the first time ever. This occurred while giving teachers three historic pay raises which help our state retain the best educators. Every measurable statistic in education has improved, and we have the best record in the state’s history!
- 13th best AP scores in the nation
- 3rd best AP scores for African American students
- ACT above the national average for the 1st time in GA history (four years in a row)
- SAT above the national average for the 1st time in GA history (two years in a row)
- 82% graduation rate, with a majority of schools attaining a 90% graduation rate
- 13th best in the nation on the NAEP (nation’s K12 scorecard)
- Georgia has led the nation in first of its kind funding for school safety programs. Grant money was given to every school in the state to implement safety changes as they see fit at the local level.
We have numerous pathways to free college and technical education. HOPE is still one of the most generous scholarships in the nation. The HOPE Career Grant provides completely free technical education in 17 different areas, and nearly 100% of the graduates are hired immediately in their field of study. Dual enrollment is one of the most generous K12 scholarships in the nation. CTAE students have a 97% high school graduation rate, and nearly 100% of them go on to higher education, employment, or the military.
The entire purpose of government is to protect inalienable rights of all individuals: LIFE, liberty and the right to keep the fruits of your labor. We must do everything to defend all life from conception until natural death. I am proud of what my colleagues and I have accomplished to protect our tiniest citizens.
Last year, I was proud to vote for House Bill 481, the “Heartbeat Bill.” We affirmed Georgia’s commitment to life and the rights of the innocent unborn. We took a stand to protect the vulnerable and give a voice to those who cannot yet speak for themselves.
Healthcare is a priority of the Georgia General Assembly. I have supported legislation that seeks to encourage doctors and PAs to work in rural Georgia to provide healthcare, and my colleagues and I have worked to protect all Georgians, especially our most vulnerable populations.
The House has worked to protect Georgia’s patients from incurring unexpected medical costs. My colleagues and I have been carefully crafting legislation over the last several years to ensure that Georgians will be able to receive the medical treatment they need without the unexpected burden of surprise billing after emergency procedures. We are also working to improve regulations for Georgia’s pharmacy industry and reduce the cost of prescriptions for our citizens.
The Georgia House has been hard at work to find positive solutions to the serious issue of maternal mortality in our state. Under conservative leadership, over $6 million from the state budget has been given annually to address this issue. Moving forward, the House will continue to keep maternal mortality at the top of its priority list. We are committed to affecting positive change in the lives of mothers and babies alike.
My colleagues and I have worked to make the lives better for the most vulnerable among us. We are working on bringing safer, reformed, and enhanced care for our senior citizens living in Georgia licensed care homes and assisted living communities.
As a Republican, I am dedicated to the preservation of the 2nd Amendment, and protecting this right will always be among my top legislative priorities. Throughout my time in the House, including this session, I have sponsored or co-sponsored several bills that protect our right to keep and bear arms.
I will not waiver in my commitment to defend your right to keep and bear arms, and I will continue to work to make sure that this Constitutional guarantee remains secure.
Government regulation should NEVER interfere with a parent being able to seek treatment for their children. For that matter, government should not prevent any individual from seeking necessary treatment. I will work on improving and advancing this type of legislation.
Criminal justice is a complicated issue. We must balance the rights of the victims with those of the accused who are entitled to a vigorous defense and a fair trial. We must also support and protect our law enforcement officers and make sure they have all the resources they need to protect us. During my time in the House, I have worked to protect all Georgians especially the most vulnerable of our citizens.
While police hiring and retention is a local issue, I have worked on passing public safety support legislation that created a support system for law enforcement officers with PTSD at both the state and local levels which reduces turnover in those essential positions. In addition, the General Assembly has increased funding at the state level for training of law enforcement officers and firefighters to strengthen our communities.
I have supported reforms that drastically reduce the inmate population and also rehabilitate non-violent criminals so they can become productive members of society instead of cycling in and out of the system.
The Georgia General Assembly is committed to winning the battle against human trafficking. This year, the House unanimously passed House Bill 823 which would revoke a person’s commercial driver’s license and impose a lifetime CDL ban in Georgia for those who are convicted and knowingly use a commercial vehicle in the commission of a human trafficking crime. Over 3,600 children are sold into sex trafficking in Georgia every year, and we are working diligently to bring this horrific industry to an end.