During my service to you in the Georgia House of Representatives, I have been a champion for continued fiscal responsibility in the state’s budget and spending, meaningful tax reform (including passing the largest tax cut in Georgia’s history), teacher pay raises, addressing nursing and physician shortages through targeted legislation that I passed, and took the lead with fellow Republicans in bringing Georgia’s voters a more secure, accessible and transparent election system.
In 2018, me and my fellow Republicans in the House took a historic step to lower the income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.75 percent with the promise that we would lower the rate again in the future. During the 2020 session, we made good on that promise by further lowering the income tax rate to 5.375 percent. This historic tax cut will be felt by everyday Georgians—working families who will now have more disposable income to live, work, and play. While necessary services and certain everyday needs must be supplied by the government, people are able to thrive when they know they’re taking home more of their hard-earned money.
As a conservative Republican, I believe a place to do business in a free-enterprise mindset is what Georgia needs to continue to be the best state in which to do business. I believe that finding ways to positively impact business growth and sustainability will lead to a better place for everyone to live, work and play. I will work tirelessly to make sure unemployment rates are low, business is thriving and that economic growth continues, without unnecessary Government interference.
For the seventh consecutive year, Site Selection magazine has named Georgia the number one state in which to do business. A thriving economy, fiscal responsibility, quality workforce, dynamic landscapes from the mountains to the beach, pro-business framework provided by the Georgia General Assembly, businesses of all shapes and sizes, and a culture of collaboration all serve to fuel the growth of Georgia’s diverse economy.
One of the biggest challenges facing any business is that of a strong workforce. It is critically important that children receive a quality education, that higher education is promoted as a viable option for everyone who seeks it, that our technical colleges are front-and-center to offer another path to a career, and that businesses of all shapes and sizes are able to find the best candidate to grow their business. I will work diligently to promote education at all levels to help foster development of a strong workforce. I will work hand-in-hand with the community to make a difference to see that education and an educated workforce come first.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
-Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
The Founders were declaring that we are all equal, and that we are defined by rights that we are born with, not given to us by government. Among those rights is the right to pursue happiness; to live our lives as we think best, as long as we respect the right of all other individuals to do the same. The Founders also declared that governments are created by people to secure their rights. Whatever powers government has are not “just” unless they come from us, the people. I will continue to be a vocal advocate of the Second Amendment.
I proudly stood with my fellow Republican leaders in the House of Representatives as we took the lead in bringing Georgia’s voters a more secure, accessible, and transparent election system. With the passage of House Bill 316 in 2019, which passed and was signed by Governor Kemp, Georgia’s aging voting machines will be updated and replaced, election integrity will be protected, and post-election audits can be accomplished with ease. Touchscreen ballot-markers are the only solution which strikes a common-sense balance between security, accessibility, and transparency.