|Education||Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in 1979 Masters degree from Georgia Tech in 1984.|
|Employer||The residents of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio|
|Family||Wife - LeeAnn Johnson
Children- Nathan, Joshua, Julie and Jessica
|Family in office?||none|
|Reasons for running||Washington is broken. I’ve seen it firsthand and it’s even worse than people realize. While some progress has been made, much work remains. I look forward to continuing as an effective voice and advocate for the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio.|
|Priorities||My top priority continues to be job creation, and I’m actively working both in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio and in Washington to make that happen. The House of Representatives has sent nearly 40 job-creating bills to the Senate so far without action. Locally, I’m working with energy companies involved in the shale plays, labor and trade schools to help ensure that these Ohio jobs are filled by Ohioans. I’m humbled to have received the endorsement by the Plumbers and Pipefitters for my work in this area.
I’ve also authored legislation called the “Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Production Act” that will stop the Obama Administration’s War on Coal by preventing several Interior and EPA regulations from being enacted that could stop underground coal mining in the U.S. This legislation recently passed the House on a bipartisan vote.
Government spending also continues to be a very serious concern. I opposed the President’s most recent request to increase the debt limit because we were promised solutions and spending cuts – neither of which happened. We cannot afford to give a blank check to a President who has increased the national debt higher and faster than anyone previously.
Finally, we need to continue to look at ways to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered solutions. I voted to repeal Obamacare, and I believe the record has consistently indicated that it is increasing spending, will put bureaucrats in charge of making your medical decisions, cut Medicare by more than $700 billion and be a drain on our economy without offering effective solutions.
|Qualifications||I’m a 26 year veteran of the Air Force and former small business owner who’s seen firsthand the impact of overbearing government intrusion. With jobs and the economy as the top issue I hear about as I travel across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, it’s important to have a Representative who’ll not only fight for the policies that will lead to job creation, but understands that it’s business owners, not politicians, that create jobs.|
|Positions on the issues||Jobs & The Economy
My top priority is fixing the economy and creating jobs. Washington is building a national debt at a rate that America can’t afford – we’re leaving our children and grandchildren with a bill for which they shouldn’t be responsible. The first step is to build a path toward a balance the budget – legislation I’ve voted for and will continue to strongly support. Then, we must grow the economy and hold spending in line in order to bring down the national debt.
Growing the economy requires dedication to traditional American economic values. We must remove barriers so that small business owners can do what they do best – create jobs. We must innovate, as is our heritage, and compete in the global economy. We must create wealth, not redistribute it. And we must reduce taxes. Today’s Federal tax code penalizes job creators and incentivizes the poor to subsist on entitlement programs. Reducing taxes at all levels of income will stimulate the economy both from the top down (allowing more investment in business and job creation) and from the bottom up (giving people more purchasing power). I’m supporting a bill called the “Tax Code Elimination Act” which would sunset the current tax code and replace it with a fairer, simpler and flatter one with lower rates.
The capture of Osama bin Laden was a long time coming, but it symbolizes progress made in the War on Terror. As we’ve seen with the killing of four Americans in our embassy in Libya, including our ambassador, the world remains a dangerous place and we must maintain a robust military and have a clear foreign policy.
Keeping our citizens safe is one of my top priorities. That means depending on military, not political leaders, for strategy. It means that we must fight the war on terror without artificial measuring sticks. And it means treating our enemies as enemies – not as Americans with constitutional rights. I wholeheartedly oppose the prosecution of terrorists in civilian courts.
No country has ever spilled as much blood of its young men and women on foreign soil for the cause of freedom as has the United States. America’s military is a microcosm of our society at large, and the fact that America’s young people are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and liberty is a testimony to the inalienable rights given to us by our Creator and articulated by our Founders. We must support our troops while they’re on active duty, and once they become veterans. That means honoring their commitment by compensating them with quality health care, educational opportunities and the benefits they have earned.
We have a tremendous opportunity here in Ohio to create thousands of jobs and lead our nation on a path toward energy self-sufficiency with our Utica and Marcellus shale deposits that hold massive amounts of natural gas and oil. Locally, I’ve held job fairs and connected energy companies with labor to help ensure that these Ohio jobs are filled by Ohioans.
I will also continue to play a leading role in standing up to the Obama Administration and its ‘War on Coal.’ Coal is a critical resource for Ohioans, providing 90 percent of our electricity and thousands of Ohio jobs. The House recently passed legislation I authored at would put a stop to the Administration’s War on Coal.
In order to achieve energy self sufficiency, we must move full speed ahead on domestic oil and natural gas development and coal production, but we also must also expand our nuclear footprint and determine what role wind and solar power and other renewable technologies will play in that equation. America has significant energy resources, and we should begin using them.
Second Amendment gun rights are a fundamental right that should and must be protected. The U.S. Supreme Court has protected gun rights in recent rulings, but by a close, 5-4 vote. We must be unrelenting in our defense of law-abiding citizens to own guns. Furthermore, for Ohioans, we should protect concealed carry laws and expand state-to-state reciprocity.
I am strongly pro-life and I will continue to be a leader in the fight to prevent taxpayer dollars from being given to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood.
We must move towards the goal of making health care affordable and available for all Americans. This can be done, all while ensuring that patients and doctors – not bureaucrats – are making health care decisions. Instead of “controlling and providing healthcare”, the federal government should be enacting policies that will stimulate competition and innovation through our existing free enterprise system. Steps in this direction include making insurance portable from job to job and state to state. It means tax incentives so Americans can create robust health savings accounts. And it means enacting medical malpractice reform to keep doctors in the operating rooms, not the court rooms.