Elective offices held: U.S. Congress, 2005 to present; Georgia State Senate 1996 to 2004.
Community service experience: North Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Roswell Rotary Club; past president Medical Association of Atlanta; past president
Medical Association of Georgia; former officer Chattahoochee Nature Center; Roswell Clean and Beautiful; Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Why should the voters choose you for this position?
Our nation is at a crossroad, where we will decide whether to take a path of more government, higher taxes, more regulation and less opportunity or – the path I fight for every day- greater individual opportunity, smaller and more accountable government, fewer and smarter regulations, and lower taxes. My experience and unwavering faith in the principles that made America great lead me to focus on positive, common sense solutions. We can create opportunities and promote stability and security, while listening to families and job creators in order to build a stronger, more prosperous America.
What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent?
Economy and jobs is the issue I hear about most in talking with constituents. We need realistic solutions that will reinvigorate our economy – modernize and simplify our tax code with pro-growth tax reform, close special interest loopholes, lower tax rates, and broaden the tax base. We must also stop the regulatory burden that is reaching a level that imperils economic productivity and vitality. It hinders economic growth and costs America’s middle class time and money. Sticking to those things that made us the greatest nation ever is the path to responsible solutions.
What’s the first thing you hope to accomplish after taking office next year?
Build a working coalition in the House and Senate to put together positive, realistic legislative solutions that will get to the president’s desk. We will pass a budget designed to reduce spending, make government work, and put us on a stable path to balance. Saving, strengthening and securing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – three programs comprising nearly two thirds of our annual spending – is imperative, so that we keep our promise to beneficiaries and get our fiscal house in order. I am firmly committed to ensuring that we act as responsible stewards of your hard-earned tax dollars.