Candidate Profile
Eric Opiela

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Eric Opiela
Party
Republican
Race
Agriculture Commissioner
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Texas Alliance for Life PAC

Reported by Candidate

1
Texas Alliance for Life "C" Club of Houston

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
13
Associated Republicans of Texas, Francisco "Quico" Canseco, Hispanic Republicans of Texas, Jerry Patterson, Joe Straus, John Cornyn and 7 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Texas Alliance for Life

Summary

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LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

4. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

7. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

9. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

11. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Strongly Agree

14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.

Strongly Agree

16. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

17. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters (the people), Supreme Court, Congress (coequal with Supreme Court)

18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My basic spiritual beliefs are best summed up in the Nicene Creed; beyond that however, I believe I am a tool in the Lord's tool chest to do His will here on Earth. We might not always at the time know why or even exactly how we are accomplishing this, but we should always listen for His call. All we accomplish in this life is through God's grace. Man's rights are not established by fellow man, but are given freely by God to man, those being Life, Liberty and Property. It is the duty and primary function of government at all levels to protect and defend those rights.


Background

Education
  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, JD, 2002
  • Univeristy of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, BA, 2000
Work & Military
  • Rancho Grande Management LLC, Member/Rancher, 16
  • Eric Opiela PLLC, Managing Member/Attorney, 10
  • Republican Party of Texas, Executive Director, 2
  • Texas House of Representatives, Committee Counsel, 2
Affiliations
  • Catholic Communities Fnd.-San Antonio Archdiocese, Board Member
  • Karnes City ISD Education Foundation, Immediate Past President
  • South Texans' Property Rights Association, Eminent Domain Committee Chair
  • Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program, Member, Class IX
  • Knights of Columbus, Member
  • Texas State Rifle Assn. / National Rifle Assn., Life Member
  • Independent Cattleman's Association, Member
  • Republican Party of Texas, Associate General Counsel
Offices
  • State Republican Executive Committeeman, SD 21, Held 2010-Present
  • Karnes County Republican Chairman, Held 2005-2008; 2010-2013
  • Texas State Representative, HD 35, Sought 2002-2004
 

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