My parents raised me with the value of service over self and I have done my best to live my life upholding the value of service. I have been honored to serve my country in Vietnam as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. I have been honored to serve my community as a Sunday school teacher, Chairman of the Board of the Columbus Hospital Authority, and as a member of the Muscogee County School Board. I was honored to serve the 29th District and the State of Georgia as a State Senator for ten years. When given the opportunity, I do not shy away from service and feel strongly that the intentions of those that seek public office should be for that of service, not personal gain.
I am not running for this Office as a stepping-stone to advance my political career. I am running to continue to serve. Our state needs an experienced Conservative Republican leader that will cut waste, promote limited government, and allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money. The Office of the Insurance Commissioner should be a model of government efficiency and it will require a true Conservative, one that will scrutinize every dollar spent.
Our next Insurance Commissioner should not wait for the federal healthcare mandate to come to them, but must be ready to fight to repeal, replace or restrict ObamaCare. As a State Senator, I helped lead this effort by sponsoring legislation creating a Constitutional Amendment to protect our state from the unconstitutional decisions made by President Obama and Congress.
The future is full of uncertainties. But we can be sure that the current leadership on the federal level will continue to push unfunded mandates onto the states and additional tax burdens on to the backs of small business owners and hard working families. We need an Insurance Commissioner ready for this fight. And when you call in this Marine, he’s going to get the job done. I have been tested before, and my record shows that I will be your advocate for true conservative principles and as ObamaCare’s worst enemy.
I have served on the Insurance Committee in the State Senate and as a member of the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) committee that has oversight on all issues going to Washington, from the legislature and the insurance commissioners. These experiences and others give one a great perspective and base of knowledge on how the insurance industry works from the inside, but it does not prepare one for how the insurance industry and Insurance Commissioner’s office effect everyday Georgians.
My greatest qualifications are my real world experience, as a father, grandfather, and having run my own small business. What Georgia truly needs is a Commissioner of Insurance with a conservative track record, who has balanced a budget and knows how to get things done, and won’t leave today’s bills for future generations.
With your support, I will fight to maintain Georgian’s freedom of choice and against the unfunded mandates, that will truly bankrupt our state. I will fight to make sure rates are kept low. I will crackdown on insurance fraud. And, I will stimulate economic development by fighting for fewer mandates. More affordable insurance will not only allow more to insured, but will attract needed business to Georgia. Finally, and most importantly, as your next Insurance Commissioner I promise to work with integrity, honor and accountability.