Jobs & Prosperity
My duty as a doctor evolved from employee to employer, as I learned that I could do a better job caring for the sick when I didn’t have to answer to the pencil pushers. My medical clinic flourished, providing jobs for many families. Running a business can be grueling but also worthwhile, knowing you can make a difference by serving others with compassion and excellence. A positive work ethic, a high quality of life, and a well-trained work force help Utah compete with other states. One role of government is to remove barriers that make it hard for businesses to compete. As a legislator, I will push to further cut red tape that hampers the growth of jobs in Utah. As we lower taxes, businesses will be able to invest in further growth and our cities will increasingly prosper. I am confident that the best is yet to come.
Everyone deserves a doctor who cares for them and their family. I care for people who suffer with depression, obesity, and chronic pain every day. Suicide breaks my heart. Opioids and marijuana pose difficult problems, and we need to assist doctors to “do no harm” by placing safeguards to “do it right” and protect the health and welfare of our citizens. I know these issues first hand, and see them played out every day. When the market is allowed to work, patients and providers focus on transparency and quality. In addition to my practice, I used initiative, good “cents,” and a market based system, and created a non-profit that works with other clinics and organizations to treat patients and improve access for people that cannot afford basic care. This unique model helps patients receive care in an appropriate setting at a lower cost. I have served on a national health care quality task force and for an Accountable Care Organization. I know what happens when government interferes too much. Fresh ideas with inventive solutions can make a big difference in
solving even the most difficult health care problems we face in Utah.
The success of every state lies in the education of its youth. Parents’ roles and choices are vital, and I respect their right to choose what is best for their children. Formal learning can take place in public or private schools. A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. We need to pay them well, as we trust them with schooling our precious children. As your state senator, I will strive to make sure our education dollars are used wisely, and push for increased funding for classroom supplies, smaller classrooms, and upgrades to outdated physical facilities.
Our country is strong because of the hard work and spirit of legal immigrants, and we rightly honor them. We cannot ignore the problems created by illegal immigration and must balance this with the realities we now face since the federal government has not protected our borders. One of the main jobs of a leader is to provide a safe place where people can thrive. We deserve to live without fear. This is true both at work and at home.
Married to my sweetheart Jean, we have three children: Breanna, Keith, and Lauren. I am an avid trail runner, bridge player, church goer, and homemade apple pie eater.