Issues

What’s important for the 10th District!

The Sanctity of Human Life

We need to protect those who cannot speak for themselves. Each and every human life has inherent dignity. Every person must be treated with respect from the moment of conception to natural death.

We see this moral imperative violated in policy when abortion is encouraged and celebrated, when families are separated at the border, and when we don’t speak out against injustice in the criminal justice system. In Congress, I will support only policies in national and foreign policy that will defend life. I will work to help mothers facing crisis pregnancies and couples hoping to adopt. I will work to end family separations at the border, and I will work to finally pass paid family leave for all.  

Our Children

It is a fundamental duty of parents not only to support their children and to protect them from harm, but also to provide a quality education for them, supported by teachers and administrators. In Congress, I will support parents in their role as their children’s primary educators by promoting school choice, seeking tax credits for educational expenses--including tuition-–and ensuring parents have a voice in what their children learn. I believe that parents know the best way to teach their own children and those members of such institutions as local school boards, teachers’ organizations, and teachers themselves are most productive and effective when partnering and cooperating with parents.

Our Schools

As a parent, teacher, school administrator, and school board member, I understand the many facets of education. Effective education begins with understanding the needs of the individual student. Being able to read, write, and do arithmetic are the fundamental skills necessary for adulthood and good citizenship, but these primary subject areas must be supplemented by developing a student’s individual interests in the sciences, arts, and humanities. A rich background in the classics of language, history, and literature is also necessary to develop and ensure each child’s cultural literacy, that is, the capacity to communicate clearly with others regarding complex questions of public policy and thereby to participate intelligently and fully in self-government.

Our Families

The human family was designed to be multi-generational. In Congress I will work to create a variety of elder care options to enable care in the family home rather than institutional settings. I will work to preserve the solvency of existing Social Security and health care programs while opening up self-managed retirement and medical savings accounts for young working people who prefer to take that direction. In a free society, individuals should have the choice to continue with the programs they presently enjoy if they wish, or to adopt more flexible programs if that is their desire. 

Our senior citizens are the repository of our nation’s history —and the wisdom of the ages —and should be treated as a precious social and economic resource. They should be afforded every opportunity to remain productive in their chosen careers as long as it is physically possible for them to do so.

Our Neighborhoods

In the past several years, crime has greatly increased in those cities and counties around the country. Drug and gang-related crime and murders are up in major portions of the 10th District. Loudoun’s serious crime rate in 2019 was 6.6 crimes per 1,000 residents, the lowest reported rate in the region. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office noted that this reflected a 34% decrease in crime from seven years prior. But serious gang-related and drug-related crimes, including murder, are increasing on the periphery of our congressional district. I will continue the tireless and effective work of my predecessors, Representative Frank Wolf and Barbara Comstock, to combat drug-related, gang-related, and other serious crimes in our neighborhoods and schools.

Our Environment

We all appreciate fresh air, clean water, and verdant greenery. I’m an organic farmer, and I’m working to leave a cleaner farm and world for my children. There is a huge opportunity for conservation of our beautiful valleys and mountains by promoting smart and clean farming practices. But this is a multi-generational commitment, which requires that farms can be passed from one generation to the next without being taxed to death.

Our Economy

The 10th district has a diverse economy, consisting especially of services (health care, education), technology, and farming. I discuss each below.


Our Technology

We see technology emerging in all aspects of our lives and our economy, from our phones to our jobs, and everywhere in between. I have been working in the technology sector for my whole post-college career. I have seen first-hand how quickly technology can change, as my first job out of college as an iPhone and Android mobile developer did not exist when I graduated from high school.  

Since the technology industry changes quickly, and has become integral to the functioning of the economy, crafting policy requires a deep understanding of the field. Technology growth will continue to be essential in stimulating the economy by creating jobs and making businesses more effective. 

As your congressman, I will work to ensure that new technology startups can compete with existing giants by not strangling the industry with regulations. We need to make sure that all voices are able to be heard online, and companies of all sizes are able to compete so that the market, not the government, can decide which companies are the best. 

Our Food

The right farming policy also provides us with the opportunity to diversify and protect our food supply. Northern Virginia has a venerable history in food production. Loudoun was the breadbasket of the Continental Army during the American Revolution – its major supply source of grains. Even as late as World War I, Allied forces in Europe were heavily dependent on foodstuffs from Loudoun County. Today, Loudoun County, the core of the 10th congressional district, is a major producer and supplier of hay to American farmers. The district also provides plentiful apples and other fruit crops which are exported throughout the United States.

The food supply chain is a well-oiled machine, but when one part breaks down, the ripple effects are catastrophic. Farming can be a cooperative community effort that helps grow our neighborhoods and protect our food supply.

Our Tax Policy

Our tax programs now being discussed will destroy family-owned farms and other family-owned businesses -- through new capital gains taxes, death taxes, and elimination of step-ups in cost-basis upon death. I will do everything in my power to prevent these taxes from being adopted, or if adopted by the present Congress, to repeal them quickly before they do irreparable damage.

Our Healthcare

America’s healthcare services are hamstrung by the current regulatory morass. The lack of transparency in healthcare, the everyday costs, and the threats to healthcare programs burden our families with uncertainty.  Families shouldn’t worry about paying for emergency room visits or yearly checkups

Diverse, competitive marketplaces can help lower costs without diminishing the quality of service. Defending healthcare programs from overhead and regulation can help to ensure that our seniors receive the services that they need.  

Lower costs and lower deductibles also help our small business owners, as the high deductibles and unaffordable plans now becoming the norm prevent new companies from even starting up. Companies need to focus on their products and services, not how they’re going to afford expensive healthcare plans.  

Our Infrastructure

Broadband Internet has become an infrastructural necessity, and the paucity of access affects everyone: urban, suburban, and rural. We saw its importance during the COVID shutdowns, from education to work, and we saw that in some communities, children couldn’t learn and employees couldn’t connect to do their jobs. In Congress, I will focus on building out broadband throughout the country, by working with local boards of supervisors, providing tax credits for companies investing in fiber, and tempering the regulatory burdens faced by communications company startups. 

In Congress, I will continue the effective work of my predecessor, Republican Representative Frank Wolf, to achieve and maintain the status of Dulles Airport as an international transportation hub from which passengers can today fly to any major airport in the world, and to upgrade the network of multilane highways which serves hundreds of thousands of commuters into and out of the District of Columbia where they work.

Defend the Constitution

Each citizen has been given the gift of the U.S. Constitution. We need to treasure this gift, and protect this framework for our self–government.
 
We cannot silence free speech, even if some of it makes us uncomfortable. Our constitutional pledge of religious liberty pertains to everyone, no matter the creed. Our Second Amendment has made our country a strong home, and should be protected. Due process and the right to a speedy trial promote justice and help the innocent.
 
As your congressman, I will oppose executive branch efforts to pack the Supreme Court on behalf of partisan interests.
 
The wisdom of our forefathers has guided us so far, and, if we listen, will guide us into the future.
 
I will always strengthen and support our Constitution, no matter the price.