Like many of you, we’re still wrapping our heads around many results Tuesday night — and waiting for results themselves in other races — but one outcome that undoubtedly deserves celebration is the Reject the Debt pledge signers who advanced to elected office.
Across the country, dozens of candidates signed the commonsense commitment to (1) Consider all spending open for reduction, (2) Vote only for budgets that lead to balance, and (3) Vote only for new spending if offsets are included.
Michael Waltz, FL-6
Representing the greater Daytona Beach area, Rep. Waltz is a retired Green Beret, former Fox News contributor, and former White House staffer. Waltz has said, “I know more government can all too often overstep its boundaries.” We are excited to see his efforts to rein in government in Congress.
Greg Steube, FL-17
Representative-elect Steube previously served in the Florida State House and State Senate, and is an Army veteran. Representing a large area south of Tampa, Florida, Steube has a long track record of voting for smaller government in the state legislature, and with his pledge, sets himself instantly apart in Congress as well.
Mark Harris, NC-9
A pastor and community leader, Harris will represent a district stretching from portions of Charlotte to Fayetteville. He has previously called for a balanced budget amendment and supported larger-scale spending reforms as well. He takes office under more dire circumstances than in many previous years but with a commitment far above average to solving the problem.
Dan Crenshaw, TX-2
Crenshaw will soon represent southeast Texas in Congress but made worldwide headlines for being on the receiving end of (and graciously forgiving) awkward jokes from Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson. But his military service and newly national profile is not all that sets the Congressman-elect apart. By joining the ranks of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress with his pledge, he is poised to take on the challenge of our generation.
Lance Gooden, TX-5
A three-term state representative, Gooden has extensive experience fighting for responsible budgeting in the state and is ready to take the issue on at the federal level, too. He says that the national debt and runaway spending is “one of the defining issues of our time.” Citizens in southeast Dallas County and around the country can be glad Gooden was willing to go on the record and is ready to fight for our future.