Small Business Owner.
Why I’m Running for Congress:
As a small business owner, a proud conservative, and a Texas job creator, what I see happening in this great country is deeply troubling. It is the rise of socialism: a misguided belief that government should take control of our lives, jobs, and our futures.
It is shocking to see that anyone who enjoys the freedoms and liberties preserved in our Constitution would bend a knee and surrender themselves to an all-powerful federal government.
We have a generational responsibility to fight to make sure that never happens.
I am ready for the fight. And I have the experience and commitment to make sure we win it.
I grew up around people who were roughnecks, farmers, and served in the military. They were folks who had little, worked hard and often gave more than they ever took.
What I learned from my grandfather, my parents, and what Russell and I passed down to the four men we raised, are the virtues of individual responsibility, having a commitment to your family, your community, and the greatest country in the history of mankind.
We were also taught that integrity and honoring your word were never to be compromised.
Thirty-eight years ago, my husband Russell and I had a vision of building what became Brazos Eye Surgery of Texas, because we wanted to be somewhere that had a sense of community, of neighbor helping neighbor, and families growing up together. That’s what it was like for me as a child in Odessa. West Texas folks have a lot of grit and can be strong willed and strongly opinionated, but even when there were political disagreements, we never lost our sense of community and caring for each other.
I’m offering myself as a servant to the people of the 17th Congressional District because I believe we need more people who are committed to being citizen legislators – serving for a period of time, focusing ONLY on the needs of those they represent, representing their values and then coming home to pass the leadership on to someone else.
We and our Central Texas and Brazos Valley neighbors deserve to be represented by folks who truly understand our interests, our hopes, and our challenges. People who work hard, have been brave enough to build businesses, cared for others in our communities, raised their families alongside ours, and who understand that the voices of the people of Central Texas and the Brazos Valley are the ones that really matter.
- Raised in West Texas alongside roughnecks, farmers, and members of our military.
- Wife and Best Friend (for more than 42 years) to Russell, an amazing eye surgeon, former Army flight surgeon, and stage 4 cancer survivor.
- Healthcare executive and Waco small-business Chief Operations Officer – caring for more than 50,000 Central Texas neighbors and friends since opening Brazos Eye Surgery of Texas, 38 years ago.
- Raised four men to be great husbands, fathers, and servants of their communities.
- A limited-government conservative, Renee wants to fight federal overregulation and harmful mandates from destructive policies like Obamacare.
- Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment, and Pro-Religious Liberty.
- Committed to stopping the Rise of Socialism in our country and protecting the God-given liberties that have made America the greatest nation in the history of all mankind.
Seventeen Things I Wholeheartedly Believe:
America principles and values have delivered more freedom, more opportunity, and more equality to more people than any other. That is why our policies should always Put America First. America has been, is, and will continue to be the greatest nation for the good of all mankind.
Our Constitution, enshrining and guaranteeing our rights and liberties, must constantly be defended from destructive, liberal interpretations.
The rise of socialism is a real threat to our nation and a generation of younger Americans. We need to renew an effort to promote individual responsibility and personal empowerment to achieve the American Dream.
President Trump is doing a phenomenal job for the American people.
The men and women who serve in the American military deserve our support, the funding they need to protect the rest of us, and exemplary care if they are harmed in service to our country.
Securing our southern border has never been taken seriously. This is a national priority to protect our communities from drug cartels, human traffickers, and criminal alien gangs who pump lethal drugs into our country, devastate lives, and enslave others in sex trafficking.
Merit-based legal immigration is an important reform to update our immigration system and ensure the people coming to America are truly contributing to the needs of our country.
Life begins at conception and every life deserves protection. We have lost far too many gifts from God and human potential to the abortion industry.
The power of prayer is real – it saves lives and uplifts our souls. Prayer unifies people and reminds us that faith, hope, and love are the greatest gifts to mankind.
We can lower the costs and expand the availability of healthcare by getting rid of government regulations and empowering people to make choices about the coverage they need and the plans that best serve their families.
Term limits will help focus Congress on delivering solutions instead of constantly playing political games.
Congress has a profound spending problem because they answer to special interests and refuse to responsibly manage how our tax dollars are spent.
Our nation has been blessed with tremendous natural resources, allowing us to become energy independent. Responsible and creative use of our natural resources along with innovative development secures our energy independence from any other nation and must be protected.
We should never hesitate to call out radical, Islamic extremism as a murderous ideology that must be stopped. In fact any ideology based on hatred or violence cannot be tolerated by a country that offers liberty and justice for all.
We should expand vocational education in public schools so we can increase the number of work-ready students available for jobs in great professions that help build and maintain our communities.
Farmers and ranchers need fair trade deals and a reliable safety net to ensure our national food security.
We should always teach our children to respect and thank the men and women in law enforcement for keeping us safe.