In his service in the House and Senate, Steve kept his campaign promises – Combating the illegal immigration epidemic the state was facing, balancing the budget, and helping fix Arizona’s struggling economy. Steve authored the bill signed by the Governor that allows Arizona to construct its own border fence to help protect the citizens (something the federal government has not done), Arizona went from having a $1 billion+ deficit to massive budget surpluses, and Steve supported and helped lead the effort to pass the ‘Jobs Bill’ which moved Arizona from almost last in the country in job creation to #4.
Steve also has a 100% voting record in favor of pro-life and pro-second amendment rights and has never missed a day, a committee, or a vote in the Senate.
We know that government does not create jobs, but government can and should create policy to encourage job creation and economic growth. Arizona is now one of America’s most successful states when it comes to job creation thanks to many of the policies that Steve Smith has championed. Lower taxes, less regulation, an improved quality of life, and a stronger education system have all contributed to Arizona’s record of success. The news media loves to bash our great state, but the people of America vote with their feet, and Arizona is one of the fastest growing states in the country because of the many improvements we’ve made.
Steve has pledged to oppose any increase in taxes and has sponsored and voted for legislation to lower personal and business taxes.
For his efforts, Steve was named ‘Champion of the Taxpayer' by the national fiscal watchdog group Americans for Prosperity, which is their highest designation.
Steve comes from a family of teachers, so advancing education has always been vitally important to him. Steve opposes and has voted against Common Core because he believes local control of education is best and that more resources should be aimed at the classroom.
Steve has sponsored and supported legislation that has helped Arizona lead the nation in school choice and, as a member of the Senate Education committee, Steve authored and introduced the ‘Teachers Performance Pay bill’ in an effort to reward and compensate great teachers. Additionally, Steve has helped increase the K-12 education budget over the past 3 years to record levels.
Steve believes the most important tool to helping our children learn is the quality of the teacher at the head of the classroom, so rewarding great teachers is vital in order to ensure an outstanding education product.
Steve is known as one of the toughest fighters in all of Arizona in the effort to stop illegal immigration and to secure the border. This problem affects not only every Arizonan, but every American in that illegals take jobs from Americans, they cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year for healthcare, education, and other social services, and our open border has lead to a tidal wave of drugs, murderers, and gangs.
As the Vice Chairman of the Senate Border Security committee and as a member of the Joint Border Security Advisory Committee, Steve authored and introduced many pieces of legislation to help fix this problem, most notably SB1406, which allows Arizona to build its own border fence and do the job the federal government still has failed to do.
Steve routinely speaks to the importance of God, Family, and Country, when he campaigns, so it is no surprise that Steve is pro-life and a passionate defender of the most vulnerable in society. Steve also knows that government policies that attack or weaken families must be opposed because they weaken the fabric of this great country. That’s why he has a strong pro-family voting record and has won the Friend of the Family award every year he has been in office.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is amazingly simple and perfectly clear when it comes to gun rights:
"…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
To reiterate, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Steve has a 100% voting record in favor of Second Amendment rights, is A+ rated by the NRA and has been endorsed by the Arizona Citizens Defense League in his legislative races.
For the last 8 years I have worked closely with Arizona's tribes on economic, education, health care, and military issues and will continue to do all I can to maintain a great working partnership with them. I will represent everyone as your Congressman, just as I have in the State Legislature. That also applies to the unique needs that rural Arizona has. Too many politicians think that putting on a pair of cowboy boots for their campaign brochures is good enough. I have actually been a champion for rural Arizona at the state level and you can count on me to do the same at the federal level. I have championed legislation protecting water and property rights that are critical to rural interests, and I was even named Pinal County's Favorite Son for the work I have done on rural issues.
Obamacare has resulted in skyrocketing health insurance premiums and has given way to people losing their jobs or being relegated to part-time work. It has taken the “personal” component from the patient-doctor relationship and severely limited the overall supply of health care options available to consumers. I applaud this Congress for working to remove the crippling effects of the individual mandate; however, more work remains to be done. We need a full repeal of Obamacare. Congress must pass meaningful health care reform to expand Health Savings accounts, allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, and create a system that is more affordable and accessible.
It’s important to note that I fully support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. One of the most dangerous threats we face as a country is our crippling national debt. We are not immune to the laws of financial prudence. Our national debt is currently over 21 trillion dollars, which breaks down to nearly 65,000 dollars per citizen. We cannot continue to live beyond our means, and hence, resort to kicking the can down the road while mortgaging our children’s future. We must be fiscally responsible while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of fully funding our military and efforts to fully secure the border.
Historically, the United States and Israel have enjoyed a sacred trust, and our destinies are forever entwined. As a result, we must continue to maintain our credibility by standing with Israel, President Netanyahu, and their unwavering commitment to the institutions of freedom and democracy. The biggest threat to Israel is Iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon. We simply cannot allow this to happen. The establishment of long-lasting peace in the region is only possible through a strong US-Israeli relationship. The United States stands ready to initiate a military response to any adversarial foe that seeks to engage in warfare with the nation of Israel.
I thoroughly believe in the Jeffersonian principle that government governs best which governs least, and furthermore, giving much of the power back to the States where it rightfully belongs. For the purposes of shrinking the size of the federal government, I’d propose eliminating the following as a bare minimum: the Internal Revenue Service, the Export/Import Bank, and the Renewable Fuel Standard, just to name a few.
In order to properly drain the swamp, we must commit to the endeavor of breaking apart the bloated bureaucracy of Washington.