Michigan Values

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The traditional values exemplified by the hardworking people of Michigan are the same principles America was founded upon. As your representative, I will adamantly support legislative initiatives that preserve America’s founding principles and protect the rights of the unborn.

As Congress works towards addressing our nation’s challenges, I believe we must return our nation to its constitutional foundation of limited government that serves as the source of America’s greatness. Congress must honor its constitutional commitment to freedom and recommit itself to the principles of federalism outlined in the 10th amendment.

One of the most important freedoms outlined in our Constitution is the Second Amendment. Millions of Americans responsibly enjoy the use of firearms for recreational hunting, collection, and protection. Along with many people in the 7th District, I support the right for law abiding citizens to bear arms and will continue to defend this liberty throughout my service in Congress.

In addition, our country was founded on the principles of religious freedom and it has a strong tradition of defending the rights of conscience. To ensure our country continues to respect deeply held religious and moral beliefs, in July 2016, I voted in support of S.304, the Conscience Protection Act.

Moreover, I hold the sanctity of life in the highest regard and will continue to work diligently and support legislation that protects the rights of the unborn. For this reason, in January 2017, I voted in support of H.R.7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017.  The bill passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 242-179.

Lastly, society has a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable citizens: children.  In the 113th Congress, I introduced H.R. 3081, to help the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to identify, locate, and recover victims of child sex trafficking. H.R.3081 was signed into law as part of H.R. 3092, E. Clay Shaw, Jr. Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act.

To learn more about my actions to combat this heinous crime, please visit my human trafficking page.


01/06/2017 – Co-sponsor: H.R.354, Defund Planned Parenthood Act
01/10/2017 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 36, Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
01/10/2017 – Co-sponsor: H.R.147, Parental Nondiscrimination Act
01/23/2017 – Co-sponsor: H.R.7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act
07/06/2016 Co-sponsor: H.R. 4828, Conscience Protection Act
06/17/2015 Co-sponsor: H.R.2802, the First Amendment Defense Act
02/12/2015 Co-sponsor: H.R.940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act
01/14/2015 Co-sponsor: H.R.217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act

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