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U.S. Representative District 17

U.S. House District 17 covers a large swath of central Texas from Waco, to Bryan and a small stretch of Austin. Since 2011, Rep. Bill Flores has held the seat as the only republican to have held it. Democrat Rick Kennedy has his eye on flipping this district back to blue.

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    Peter Churchman
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    Bill Flores
    (Rep)

  • Rick Kennedy
    (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 39
Education Texas State University
Campaign Phone 512-644-5197
Website http://ChurchmanforTexas.com
Facebook facebook.com/ElectPeterChurchman
Twitter @ChurchmanTX17
website ChurchmanforTexas.com
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Education BBA (Accounting) -- Texas A&M University; MBA -- Houston Baptist University
Campaign Phone 888-704-BILL (2455)
Website www.BillFlores.com www.Flores.House.gov
Facebook www.Facebook.com/BillFloresForCongress www.Facebook.com/RepBillFlores
Twitter www.Twitter.com/Flores4Congress www.Twitter.com/RepBillFlores
website www.Instagram.com/RepBillFlores
contact Campaign Manager -- Info@BillFlores.com
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Border Security & Immigration--proposed solutions: 1. Secure our borders with an integrated system of barriers (where appropriate), personnel, technology, sensors, airborne assets, and roads. 2. Modify our legal immigration system to be a merit-based system, making it quicker and easier to obtain temporary work VISAS with options to convert to long-term work VISAS. 3. Develop a workable and efficient Temporary Worker Permit VISA program for seasonal labor needs. 4. Current Dreamer Population--Develop a path to earned legal status; following attainment of a renewable residency permit, they would have opportunities for permanent residency and/or citizenship through the normal Naturalization program. 5. Current Population of Persons who entered the U.S. Illegally (excluding Dreamers addressed above)--Develop a path to earned legal status--temporary to permanent. 6. Require mandatory use of E-Verify for all hiring. 7. Increase the sanctions on employers who hire illegally.
This is a state issue which should be addressed by state and local elected officials.
America has a problem with violence, writ large -- solutions: 1. Focus on the drivers of criminal activity – mental illness, drug activities, domestic violence, etc.-- Work with schools to help them earlier identify at-risk students. Work with state and local governments to find better ways to identify and treat with mentally ill persons. Provide additional federal research funding for mental health research and treatment. Address opioid addiction and treatment. 2. Ban Bump Stocks. 3. Provide protocols and additional resources to states and local school districts to harden our schools to prevent criminals from entering schools. This could include metal detectors, more secure entrances, security training, and security personnel. Note – the 114th and 115th Congresses (2015-18) have passed into law significant mental health statutes, such as 21st Century Cures, school security statutes, opioid-related statutes, and substantial increases in associated funding to address violence.
1.Create true, free-markets for healthcare and health insurance-- Mandate the publication of treatment prices by healthcare providers to provide transparency for patients.Eliminate all anti-trust protections for health insurance companies and healthcare providers. Enable expanded access to more generic prescriptions. Facilitate development of an interstate health insurance market. Allow groups of persons and small employers to form associations to have greater buying power when shopping for healthcare insurance. Exercise greater oversight over pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s). 2.Allow state-based high-risk pools to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions and high-utilization patients. 3.Increase federal research investments to find prevention and cure treatments for the biggest drivers of healthcare costs–Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, etc. 4.Reform FDA processes to facilitate more rapid development and access to healthcare technology solutions & apps.
Education, including K-12 and Higher Education Financing Infrastructure Water
Please see answers to the "most critical issue" question above. The missing ingredient is a willingness to drop the rhetoric and to address the issue in a non-partisan manner. The solutions above are supported by approximately 80% of the population in the 17th Congressional District, however, politicians from other districts on both sides of the aisle have put politics in front of solutions.
During my early years, my family had a very modest income and I learned what it meant to be poor and occasionally hungry. Growing up in a small Texas town, I started working part-time with my father at age nine. By age 13, I was working 12 hours per day, six days per week in agriculture during summers. During these years, I also delivered newspapers and started my first agricultural business. I later put myself through college and joined the private sector, working for domestic and international companies, ultimately rising to the position of CEO in the energy business. My early experiences taught me the value of hard-work, fiscal responsibility, humility, integrity, entrepreneurship, shared values, and teamwork. I also learned that the "American Dream" is available for those who are willing to lean into problems and to not be stifled by any barriers. My international experience has also helped me understand the values that make America unique.
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