Tre’s Family First Approach
- Protecting Family Values: For over two decades, Tre has called Congressional District 3 his home. He has witnessed the district's transformation from a small rural township to one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. As the district continues to experience exponential growth, it has become more diverse than ever, with an average age demographic of 35 years old and comprising many young families. Family values hold a significant place in Tre's heart. He and his wife, Reign, have been happily married for almost 23 years and have successfully raised four college-educated children. As the first person in his family to earn a college degree, Tre takes great pride in passing on this achievement to his children. Tre believes that upholding strong family values is crucial as it fosters healthy relationships and creates a sense of community within families. These values can also instill essential qualities and behaviors in children, such as self-discipline, perseverance, and the ability to collaborate effectively with others.
- Support Our Military Veterans. As a U.S. Army veteran and Air Assault Soldier, Tre holds great respect for the incredible sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces for our country. He has a profound understanding of the unique challenges that soldiers and their families confront while serving in the military and the difficulties they encounter upon returning home. Tre is dedicated to advocating for our veterans by advocating for better healthcare, ensuring that every veteran services policy meets an appropriate standard, and prioritizing responsible spending that prioritizes our troops. He also acknowledges that many veterans experience difficulties adjusting when they return home, which is why he intends to provide free legal aid to assist them in getting their affairs in order. Tre firmly believes that it is our obligation to support and honor our veterans for their service to our nation. Tre also intends to introduce legislation to grant “automatic citizenship” to immigrants who serve in the United States Armed Forces upon completion of their service term.
- Protect our nation’s law enforcement. For nearly a decade, Tre has been at the forefront of a national movement to safeguard the interests of law enforcement amidst riots and civil unrest in our communities. He is committed to introducing federal restrictions that would prevent any attempts to "Defund the Police" or efforts to restrict their enforcement capabilities. Furthermore, he aims to institute federal penalties for rioting and intentional attacks on our nation's law enforcement. Protecting law enforcement is crucial for maintaining public safety. It involves equipping them with the necessary training, equipment, and resources to carry out their duties effectively and safely. Additionally, policies and practices that prioritize officer wellness and mental health must be implemented to minimize the risk of harm to both officers and the public. Tre has been a leading advocate for law enforcement protection after witnessing violent riots, organized harassment, and premeditated attacks on police across the country. He has called on Congress to establish penalties for acts of domestic terrorism as defined by the U.S. Code 18 § 2339 and is proposing legislation to classify law enforcement officers as a "protected class" under 18 U.S. Code § 2331(5).
- Simplifying the Tax Code and Protecting Businesses: The current federal income tax system is complex and confusing with multiple tax brackets, exemptions, and deductions. In an effort to simplify the tax code, Tre proposes a flat tax rate of 10% for both personal income and business taxes, as well as a federal sales tax of 10%. This streamlined approach eliminates the need for W2 employees to file yearly personal tax returns and reduces the burden on taxpayers. Additionally, a flat tax rate ensures that everyone pays their fair share without unfairly penalizing those who are successful. With this system, there is no need for the IRS to employ more agents, as taxpayers will be able to easily calculate their tax obligations. Overall, Tre believes that simplifying taxation will promote economic growth and prosperity while ensuring that everyone contributes to the well-being of our society. Additionally, Tre believes businesses serve as the economic engine of our society; therefore, we should protect our businesses and not penalize them with taxes for being profitable, especially when they are creating sustainable jobs.
- Supporting Economic Growth. Tre is a proponent of economic growth initiatives for Texas Congressional District 3. He believes that such efforts can generate job opportunities, stimulate local business activity, and enhance the economic well-being of the district's residents. To promote economic growth, Tre supports encouraging entrepreneurship and small business development through the provision of resources such as business incubators, mentorship programs, and funding opportunities. He also advocates for investing in infrastructure to improve transportation networks, high-speed internet access, and public facilities like schools, hospitals, and community centers. Additionally, Tre promotes education and workforce development by investing in training programs, vocational education, and apprenticeships that prepare individuals for in-demand jobs. He supports creating a business-friendly environment by reducing regulations, lowering taxes, and simplifying bureaucratic processes. Furthermore, he endorses supporting research and development by funding scientific research, encouraging innovation, and promoting the commercialization of new technologies. Finally, he advocates for attracting and retaining businesses by providing tax incentives, subsidies, and other benefits to businesses that move to the area while highlighting the region's unique strengths and advantages. To achieve sustainable economic growth, Tre believes that collaboration between government, businesses, educational institutions, and the community is crucial.
- Safeguarding Communities & Prison Reform: Tre is a strong believer in the principle of "Fair Time for Fair Crime," which emphasizes the importance of violent offenders being held accountable for their actions and serving their full sentences for violent crimes. He vehemently opposes "no-bail" laws and liberal district attorneys’ refusals to prosecute, which have subjected the public to greater harm. In order to address this problem, Tre advocates for a federal referral system that would permit certain felony violent crimes to be prosecuted under federal jurisdiction if the State fails or refuses to prosecute them. Tre will fight to protect our communities from violent offenders by closing prison’s "revolving door" for repeat offenders. According to a recent study, the recidivism rate among violent offenders released from federal prisons was 64%. To address this issue and prevent further societal victimization, Tre suggests implementing a plan to reform federal prison release programs. The plan would involve mandatory psychological assessments for all violent offenders before they are released on parole including use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) to identify predictive behaviors. Tre recognizes the ineffectiveness of federal supervision in the past, and believes that a clinical approach is necessary to reduce risks to the general public. This data-driven approach aims to mitigate potential harm caused by violent offenders. Tre also believes that the victims of violent crime should also play a larger role in determining if a violent offender is released on parole.
- Prioritize campus safety and education. With a strong commitment to campus safety and education, Tre advocates for policies that prioritize the well-being and success of our children. As a college professor with years of experience, Tre understands the importance of a robust education system and proposes four key initiatives to strengthen it. Firstly, Tre recognizes that a safe learning environment is crucial for students' academic success and proposes measures to enhance campus safety. This includes providing all school and college campuses with access to advanced security resources (lock-down technologies and gun detection equipment), while empowering campus police to take necessary safety measures without being stifled by bureaucratic hurdles. Secondly, Tre seeks to support teachers and instructors by enhancing all necessary measures to protect their well-being and productivity in the classroom. Thirdly, Tre aims to link the connection between education and workforce opportunities by supporting colleges and universities in developing workforce pipelines through government-sponsored internship and apprenticeship programs with a focus on licensing. Lastly, Tre acknowledges that not all students are college-bound and proposes enhancing trade-track education programs to allow students to enter the workforce with certifications after high school graduation.
- Enhance internet safety to protect children. Tre is a fighter for the younger generation. He will continue to fight to defend our children from malicious actors online. Tre will implement policies to protect children from actors on social media seeking to indoctrinate children with harmful ideas, poison them with counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl, or even to persuade them to participate in dangerous suicide games. (TikTok games). Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA230) was designed to protect online service providers from being held liable for the actions of third-party users. However, in the era of social media, tech giants have used this outdated law to claim immunity protection from illegal activities they knowingly facilitate, such as drug trafficking, terrorism, piracy, and numerous other offenses. As an early advocate for challenging social media firms following the Dallas, Texas shooting that claimed five police officers' lives, Tre is dedicated to reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The goal is to revoke the broad immunity afforded to social media companies that allow their open platforms to be exploited for covert attacks on U.S. interests at home and abroad. He aims to introduce legislation that mandates: (1) more extensive cooperation with law enforcement, (2) civil and criminal accountability, and (3) enhanced oversight through third-party audits of these firms.
- Protect the Second Amendment. Tre places great importance on the 2nd Amendment and the right of Americans to bear arms. He is resolute in his defense of the 2nd Amendment and citizens' right to protect themselves using firearms. Moreover, Tre strongly disputes erroneous narratives surrounding shooting violence and common misconceptions about its causation. He firmly believes that human behavior is inherently complex and unpredictable, which is why firearms cannot be solely responsible for shooting attacks. While behavioral patterns can be studied and analyzed, individual thoughts, emotions, and external factors can greatly impact a person's behavior in a given situation. As someone who has personally been impacted by gun violence, Tre understands that “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people!”
- Pro-Life Advocate: Tre strongly advocates for the pro-life movement and firmly believes that each child has inherent worth and the fundamental right to life. He subscribes to the notion that human life commences at conception and disapproves of abortion as a breach of moral principles.
- Strengthening Healthcare: The current state of healthcare prescription costs in the United States is unacceptable. Shockingly, nearly 19 million Americans are forced to import medicine from other countries in order to afford it, saving an average of 56% on world imports. This is a clear indication that the U.S. healthcare system is in dire need of reform. It is unacceptable that our citizens are penalized for purchasing the same medicines here at home. Medicare, as the largest purchaser of medicines from pharmaceutical companies, is in a unique position to help address this issue. Unfortunately, federal law currently prohibits Medicare from negotiating prices, meaning that the government pays higher premiums which are ultimately passed on to consumers. This practice is unfair and must be addressed. To combat this issue, Tre is committed to introducing legislation that will allow Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug companies, resulting in better rates for consumers. Additionally, he will use his legislative influence to prevent drug companies from inflating costs at will, by capping prices based on the international average for the same drug. By taking these steps, we can begin to make healthcare prescription costs more reasonable and affordable for all Americans.
- Next Generation Jobs: As robotic automation continues to expand; it is projected that around 800 million jobs worldwide will be lost by 2030. Even workers in the United States are not immune to this trend. Texas Congressional District 3 has experienced a decline in retail jobs according to the latest U.S. Census, while manufacturing jobs have remained stagnant. Retail jobs in the district now stand at 10.8%, while manufacturing jobs account for only 7.9%. To address this issue, Tre is proposing an increase in manufacturing jobs in the district, particularly in areas such as semiconductor production and green-energy technologies that were previously outsourced to countries like China. Recognizing the changing job market, Tre believes it is crucial to provide training to the next generation in the latest technologies and research to help them stay competitive with automation. Additionally, to "recession-proof" the economy, it is essential to train more young people in critical infrastructure markets such as industrial and systems engineering, manufacturing systems, supply chain technologies, and cybersecurity.
- Energy Independence: Maintaining America's energy independence is crucial, and Tre believes that protecting the oil and gas industry is a necessary step. This industry has been a significant contributor to the global economy by providing energy for transportation, manufacturing, and other essential sectors, while also creating employment opportunities for millions of people and generating substantial tax revenue for governments. America should remain 100% energy independent and should break its dependency on foreign oil.
- Border Security: Tre advocates for fully funding the Border Patrol agency and enhancing border security technologies (drones and sonar scans) to stop the flow of drugs and human trafficking above and below the ground. Tre proposes legislation that will allow Border Patrol agents to work hand-in-hand with the National Guard to strengthen our southern borders. Due to the manipulation of U.S. asylum laws, Tre proposes a "pause" on asylum seekers until a comprehensive immigration plan is developed, recategorizing immigration into three separate categories (visas, illegal immigration and asylum seeking), and reviewing each category by a different court system to address the backlog in immigration court. Tre also proposes legislation to withhold federal funding from countries that are sending migrants to the U.S. border. Tre believes the issues with those countries should be solved with the governments from which the migrants originated. This will relieve migrant in-flow at the U.S. border.
- Conservative Speech and Media Bias: The First Amendment is a cornerstone of American society, as it promotes ideological freedom. Unfortunately, conservative political speech has recently been attacked by the liberal media and other institutions. These groups have labeled conservative beliefs as hate speech and subjected their followers to censorship, ridicule, and mob-type attacks. Tre, as a conservative, believes in protecting all legitimate speech and upholding accountability for the media. He plans to introduce legislation to restrict federal funding for those who censor conservative speech and enhance libel and defamation laws to hold the media accountable for false and unverified stories. Tre also aims to improve the standards of media reporting by holding journalists accountable for journalistic malpractice, thus putting an end to the era of Fake News. As a firm believer in equal protection under the law, he will fight to ensure that it is upheld in all forms.
- Support for Israel: In March of 2022, Tre traveled to Israel on a political, cultural and religious mission trip. He had an opportunity to meet with political officials, religious leaders and scholars about Jewish and Christian history, culture and religion. He also learned about Israel's homeland security concerns and their ability to appropriately balance the cultural and religious needs of all citizens residing in the only Democracy in the Middle East.
In October of 2022, Tre was acknowledged for his strong advocacy of Jewish interests and received recognition from the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF). He was listed as #48 on the Top 50 Christian Allies, a testament to his support for the Jewish community.Tre strongly believes in the importance of the relationship between Christians, Jews, and the United States and Israel, which is founded on shared values and mutual interests. This vital task of maintaining a strong alliance between the world's first Democratic Republic and the only democracy in the Middle East transcends political parties. As a member of Congress, his top priority is to support policies that promote a strong Israel and United States, thus ensuring the continuation of this valuable relationship. To achieve this goal, Tre will work towards providing Israel with the necessary tools to defend itself, which is also in the best interest of the United States.