Jobs & Economy — The economy cannot succeed until government steps out of the way and allows businesses to grow and start hiring people again.  Jobs have to come first, and our state must continue its efforts to protect job-creators from excessive taxation, unnecessary regulation, and predatory legal practices.  Simply put, a healthier business climate attracts more employers to our state and increases the standard of living for both workers and their families.

Taxes — While the Republican legislature has made many great strides in the last few years to reduce our state’s tax burden, there remains room for even deeper tax cuts to help expedite the economic recovery.  Tennesseans work hard for the money they earn, and they should be entitled to keep more of it.  When the government takes money out of individuals’ pockets, it does so at the expense of all working men and women and the entire private economy as a whole.  Further reducing taxes will not only give small businesses more money to expand and create new jobs, but it will also allow Tennesseans to afford more of the things they need to provide for themselves and their families.

2nd Amendment — The Bill of Rights expressly guarantees each and every lawful American citizen the right to keep and bear arms.  While Tennessee has made many strides to further protect gun owners, President Obama’s administration has actively sought to strip law-abiding citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights and, consequently, of the most effective means for self-defense. Regardless of the attempts to restrict gun rights by overzealous Washington politicians, the House Republican Caucus will continue to protect and expand the right to keep and bear arms for law-abiding Tennesseans.