PROTECTING FAMILY VALUES
I have been married to my college sweetheart for over 25 years, and we have tried to instill in our two children, Jason (21) and Jami (19) good, wholesome, core family values that will guide them as they now enter adulthood. As your conservative voice in Tallahassee, I have fought to protect these core family values which are shared in our community.
Understanding what its like to raise a teenage daughter, I proudly sponsored the Parental Notification Act, which was passed into law and now requires that a parent must be notified in advance of their minor daughter being able to proceed with an abortion. I have consistently co-sponsored legislation that encourages families to adopt and helped those families that have opened up their homes to take in foster children. I have supported legislation and appropriations that assist foster children that need help transitioning out of their foster home when they “age out” and are required to move out on their own. I have supported efforts to provide visitation rights for grandparents when in the best interests of the child.
This past legislative session, with the increasing number of unsettled issues surrounding child vaccinations, I sponsored a bill to give parents the right to know and consent to pre-school vaccinations for their children, so that parents have the right to make informed choices about what vaccine or combination of vaccines should be administered and when they should be given.
Two years ago, I successfully sponsored a bill that significantly reformed the guardian laws in Florida to make it easier, quicker, and less expensive for parents with special needs children to go to court to continue caring for their children after they turned age 18.
I also believe that marriage is a sacred institution based on the vows between a man and a woman and should be treated with the utmost respect. I have consistently supported legislation that strengthens the family unit and opposed policies that erode it. These are the conservative principals I have followed in my own life and I believe are important to stand up for when representing the community. I promise to continue fighting for true family values in Tallahassee as your State Senator and to protect the sacred institution of marriage.