JOHN'S PRIORITIES

District 5, Priority 1

As a lifelong resident of the 5th Congressional District, District 5 is priority number one in Congress. You deserve a leader that promotes and protects the interests of the district and its people rather than their own self-interest. I will work tirelessly to secure opportunities for all of our great communities. My goal is to help make North Alabama the best place to build a career, grow a business and raise a family.

Workforce Development

If we are going to continue to be competitive in today’s economy, we cannot afford to rely on the tools and training of yesterday. We have to empower and equip people, not the government. We must innovate our workforce development programs through colleges, trade schools, and workforce initiatives. If we don’t develop our workforce, we will see investment and opportunity go elsewhere, which means less money for education, roads, and quality of life.

Education Opportunity

I believe education is the number one tool that allows individuals to climb the socioeconomic ladder. We have to improve our education system so all students are prepared for post-secondary education, careers, and real life. I believe strongly that a zip code should not determine a child’s educational opportunity, and that is why I support school choice. We do not need to teach our children what to think, but how to think. The goal should be to provide all people with the educational opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits to build productive lives and contribute positively to their communities.

Spending & Balancing the Budget

Out-of-control spending and wasteful government programs threaten the safety, security, and economic well-being of our country. Our national debt is rapidly approaching $30 trillion dollars. We cannot sustain the path that career politicians have led us down. Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer won’t be around to deal with this problem. We cannot keep passing the buck to my generation and those that follow. I will be a strong advocate of fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets in Congress.

Protect the American Dream

North Alabama is home to the American Dream, and we must work every day to protect it. I still believe that personal responsibility and hard work matter, and I will not let the next generation be taught that you’re predestined to succeed or fail based on your skin color or socioeconomic status. The American Dream is made possible by the equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. I will be a fearless fighter for the future of your American Dream.

100% Pro-Life

We are endowed by our Creator the inalienable right to life. I am 100% pro-life and will defend life from conception to natural death. My family has fostered dozens of children and I am in full support of not only protecting children inside the womb, but making sure we step up for those born into difficult circumstances.

Border Security 

We must address the crisis at our southern border and implement common sense measures to fix our broken immigration system. The situation at our southern border grows worse by the day, and the Democrats' open border policies have created a humanitarian emergency. We have to secure our border by completing President Trump’s wall and ensure the Department of Homeland Security has sufficient resources and technology to adequately perform their job.

Second Amendment

As a hunter and gun owner, I proudly support the Second Amendment and I will strongly defend this right against any infringement. I will always protect your right to defend yourself, your family, and your property.

Backing the Blue

Supporting the men and women in blue will always be a priority of mine. Everyday they put their lives on the line to keep our families and communities safe. We have to provide the necessary resources to equip, train, and pay our law enforcement, and push back against the dangerous policy of “defund the police” being promoted by the Left.

National Security

North Alabama plays a vital role in securing our nation. As the representative for this district, I will ensure that we are well positioned to handle the growing national security challenges around the world. I will protect our region’s defense and intelligence interests and make certain our contractors have the necessary support from the federal government to keep America safe.

Made in America, Not Made in China

Our lack of production capabilities has been accentuated the last two years. Whether it be personal protective equipment, pharmaceutical drugs, or semiconductors, the pandemic has shown that the premiere superpower of the world can no longer produce the critical goods necessary to survive. COVID was a wake-up call; we cannot allow a majority of industries and products vital to our national security to be developed outside the United States. We must bring home factories and jobs that produce critical supplies. Made in America, not Made in China- it’s common sense.

Veterans & Military Families

North Alabama understands the sacrifices members of the military and their families make to protect our nation. We can never adequately repay those that have served, but we can make sure that we keep our commitment to veterans and their families by providing needed services and care. This includes: job opportunities, post-service career resources, healthcare, and combating the high number of suicides amongst our veterans.

Israel and Our Allies

President Biden has strained our relationships with so many of our allies. As Americans, our word should be our bond. Our commitment to our allies should be unflinching. We need to restore the relationships that we built in the last century. We will stand united with Israel and other allies against all nefarious actors.

Mental Health

There are around 200,000 Alabamians who suffer from mental illness or substance use disorders. I will work to expand mental health resources in health care, law enforcement, and the military. Many of our epidemics including homelessness, the opioid crisis, and suicides stem from mental health issues. We have to remove the stigma associated with mental health and ensure the people, and especially veterans, of North Alabama, can access proper care to combat this growing issue.

Election Integrity

The right to vote in free and fair elections is at the core of our democracy. I want to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. I support photo ID to vote and will do all I can to defeat the federal takeover of our elections proposed in HR 1. The Constitution endows voting oversight to the state legislatures. We have to restore faith and trust in our election process. I will fight against the Left’s power grab.

Agriculture

Our farmers, cattlemen, and foresters are vital to the Alabama economy. I will fight against burdensome regulations, unfair trade deals, and red tape that makes it harder to hire qualified workers. We need to look toward the future and ensure that the next generation of farmers will be able to continue the family farm legacy, and that is why I support the repeal of the Death Tax.

Tennessee River Conservation

The Tennessee River is critical to North Alabama’s economy, recreation, and environment. The Port of Decatur handles more than five million tons of river freight annually, supporting Alabama’s agricultural and manufacturing industries. Jackson County is known for fishing tourism - both recreational and competitive. And the river is vital to the diverse wildlife and ecology of the entire South. I will work with local residents, sportsmen, farmers, corporations, utilities, and governmental institutions to combat issues of commercial pollution, invasive species, water quality, and endangered aquatic life. It is vital we conserve and protect this valuable natural resource for the region and future generations.

Big Tech

I will always stand up for your freedom of speech and will fight back against any censorship imposed by big tech oligarchs. I support diversity of thought and opinion. The censorship of speech is in complete opposition to what this country was founded on, and you can count on me to hold the line against big tech censorship. Big Tech is essentially at this point a cartel, choosing winners and losers and gate-keeping their opponents from entering the marketplace of ideas. President Trump cannot tweet but the Taliban can, Antifa can organize, and the Chinese Communist Party can spread propaganda. They have relied on Section 230 protections for too long. It is time to reign in the control they have over this country.