WHERE DOES BRYAN STAND ON THE ISSUES?
In his own words…
Working in the District
- As state representative, I have consistently worked with constituents on issues and legislation that impacts District 48. I am the only representative to work with high school and college students, and co-sponsor legislation on their behalf. Additionally, I am the only legislator that has worked with TDEC and a landfill operator in order to attend random landfill inspections. For the county, I passed a “Voter Convenience Center” bill that will improve access to voting, as well as save the county over $25,000 per election.
Faith in People
• Having participated in caring for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and having dealt with the aftermath of a tornado that destroyed our family farm, I have witnessed people overcome a tragedy and pull together as a community. The courage, bonding and helpfulness shown by survivors, victims and volunteers after these events have shaped my faith in people. As President Lincoln said, “We are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. ” With good people, I have faith that we can restore the republic.
• I believe in free market principles. I have experience in the auto salvage and medical industries. I am the only candidate with deep blue collar and white collar roots that can be such an advocate in state government.
• I believe in the patient-physician relationship. As the only candidate that is a patient, physician, and small business owner, I am affected in multiple ways by the disaster that is Obamacare. Thus, I will be the strongest opponent of Obamacare and advocate for alternative solutions to our health care issues. For my work on healthcare in the 109th General Assembly, I was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee Academy of Pediatricians.
• I believe in a constitutionally limited government. As the only candidate formally trained in self governance, I am the candidate that is best equipped to put government back into the hands of the governed. As knowledge is power, and the power is with the people, I believe in keeping constituents informed. I am the only legislator in the 109th General Assembly that provided constituents with weekly video updates, as well as frequent internet updates.
• I have been blessed in my life. I grew up with loving and supportive parents. I have a supportive family and have been married for over 24 years. I truly understand how fortunate I am in that regard. Strong families and conservative values are the bedrock of our state and nation. I will continue to work to strengthen them. For my work in the 109th General Assembly, I was named a “Family Champion” by the Family Action Council of Tennessee. I define marriage as one man and one woman under God.
• I believe that when there is life, it begins at conception. As a physician, I have treated every positive pregnancy test as life. When faced with our own medical issues, without hesitation, my wife and I chose life. As a result, I delivered my own daughter. As a physician in the Tennessee House of Representatives, I will continue to be a leading voice for life.
• As I talk with educators, I see a parallel with the medical profession. Much like teachers, many physicians enter their profession because they have a love and a passion for what they do. However, mandates, roadblocks and subjective measures infringe upon and hinder the ability of professionals to perform the job that they love. Ultimately, that impacts students. One must not just look at the consequences of these actions on current teachers, but on future educators and students, as well. We must work to get control back locally and into the hands of parents and teachers. As such, I oppose common core and I will continue to be a leading voice for our students, parents, and teachers.
• I believe that if someone has some vested interest in something, then they are more apt to appreciate it. For example, if everyone pays something in taxes, then they should have more appreciation for budgeting of tax dollars. I believe that a low, broad tax base incentivizes economic growth while ensuring that there are no free rides for the politically chosen few. I co-sponsored the largest tax cut in Tennessee history.
Rural Way of Life
• District 48 includes many farms and families enjoying a rural way of life. As someone who grew up with a family farm, I understand the love and passion for rural living. I have seen firsthand when that way of life gets impacted when my own family farm was destroyed by a tornado. I co-sponsored the Rural Economic Opportunity Act of 2016, and will continue to fight to keep the rural way of life that citizens in the 48th district enjoy.
• My wife, Cheryl, and I chose to live in Tennessee. Not only that, we chose to live in Eastern Rutherford County. Our family absolutely loves where we live and will fight to keep us Tennessee Strong.
• I believe that the 2nd amendment protects the other amendments. As a lifetime member of the NRA, and a carry permit holder, I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.