J.D. Sheffield: 
A Country Doctor Brings Common Sense to Austin

February 22, 2018

As a self-described country doctor, Dr. Sheffield knows that treating the symptoms creates some short-term relief but does little to cure the illness. Fortunately for conservatives, he uses this same common-sense approach as a state representative. He would much rather act to fix the problem than talk about solutions down the road.

Representative Sheffield serves on the House Appropriations committee and works to ensure the state budget reflects our conservative values. He helped pass a balanced budget which cut more than $200 million in spending from the prior budget cycle. That keeps more money in the pockets of conservatives and expands our economic freedoms across the state.

His conservative values, however, are not limited to cutting spending. Representative Sheffield also works to ensure a culture of Life in the Texas House. He eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood while increasing funding for abortion-alternative providers in the last budget. He is unabashedly pro-life and believes every child is a gift from God which is why he helped pass a law to ban partial-birth abortions. As a Christian and physician, Representative Sheffield believes there is no higher calling than to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Another conservative principle guiding him are his beliefs in personal security. Few members are as supportive of our right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. But, Representative Sheffield stands out when it comes to securing our borders. He worked to secure more than $840 million to the budget to add troopers and enforcement technology. He worked to fund new border checkpoints to stop drug dealers, human traffickers, and illegal weapons. He managed all of these efforts without increasing state taxes, proving he is a champion for taxpayers while he works to keep Texas safe.

Representative Sheffield was also a co-sponsor of the bill to end ‘Sanctuary Cities’ and provide law enforcement the tools needed to keep our communities safe. This law prohibits local jurisdictions from preventing officers from upholding any part of an immigration law, including request to detain illegal immigrants to face deportation.

Representative Sheffield is also a defender of faith. He was a co-author of the ‘Sermon Safeguard Act’ to protect the state’s clergy from subpoenas of a religious sermon in a civil suit or administrative proceeding. He also voted to extend protections to faith-based providers to care for abused and neglected children and to allow trained, licensed volunteers to serve as security in their places of worship.

Dr. Sheffield’s philosophy is simple: his faith and values of a country doctor help serve the people of rural Texas. These conservative principles guide his decision-making and make Texas a better place to live, work, and worship.


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