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Texas House District 146

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.

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    JJ Campbell
    (L)

  • Shawn Nicole Thierry
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

Age 35
Education BS in Physics Minors in Business, Math, and Spanish
Campaign Phone 8324796754
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JJ4TXStateRep/
The greatest predictive measure of success in America is the wealth of the parents. This isn't a wage gap; it is an opportunity gap. This is the most critical issue in Texas and in the nation. Resolving it will require making politicians responsible to the people again instead of to big donors and political parties, returning to a rule of law that is blind to a person's wealth or stature or race, and the fostering of entrepreneurial endeavors.
Texas is below average in the USA in school funding per child even though our GDP per capita is above average. We need to correct this, but the money needs to be properly allocated to encourage innovation and problem solving among teachers. In particular, I want to see bonuses given to teachers who can provide new methods and expand them to other classrooms and schools.
We have a problem with violence. Civil discourse (debate) is rarely taught in school anymore. Accusations are credited as proof. Poor people are taken advantage of by the rich and have little chance to move up in society even if they are smart and educated. Gun control and mental health resources are good places to start treating the symptoms, but if we want a nation at peace we need to close the opportunity gap, reopen dialog between disparate groups, and make justice blind.
We pay more for healthcare and have worse outcomes than almost all other developed nations. This is largely due to lobbyist interests, hidden pricing, predatory billing, and monopolistic behaviors even among so called non-profits. I prefer the free market, and so I propose that providers be given a period of 5 years to figure out how to bring Texas in line with the rest of the developed world or we move to single-payer healthcare run on a local level.
The three big problems with rapid population growth are housing, transportation, and jobs. By issuing building permits at the state level we can keep housing affordable, as they have in Japan, by allowing supply to keep pace with demand. Self-driving cars, public transit, and affordable high-speed internet will reduce road congestion and improve upward social mobility. Incentivizing entrepreneurs will bring in outside investment dollars and will create jobs faster than we can fill them.
The biggest thing missing from our national conversation on immigration is the war on drugs. Drug cartels in Mexico and further south have destabilized their economies and upended the rule of law driving residents north in the hope of survival and perhaps a chance at some eventual stability. The end of prohibition reduced alcohol consumption, and more importantly, ended the mafia. If we want fewer but better immigrants we need to end the war on drugs.
When my dad was in school my mom made our clothes from her old ones and often didn't eat to make sure the rest of us had enough. We didn't know any of this at the time, but it meant that we didn't get many store-bought toys. One day when I was about 4 we came home from church to find that someone had brought us Christmas. We never found out who did it, but I still remember the smelly markers that we got. That one instance made such a difference in my life that I have gone on to help start multiple non-profits and have logged thousands of service hours almost every year. We do far more good in building a community when charity is done voluntarily than when it is enforced by the government. The government's job is to make sure that such acts are as easy as possible.
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