Candidate Profile
Austin Ruiz

Republican , Texas


Austin Ruiz
State Rep., Dist. 54

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations




Reported by Candidate

Hispanic Republicans of Texas

Selected Contributions


Jimmie Don Aycock, Republican Women's Organizations
Dan Branch


Roland Gutierrez







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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

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

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

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


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

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

Strongly Disagree

Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Strongly Disagree

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Strongly Disagree

The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The founding fathers knew the oppression of tyranny and the principle that absolute power corrupts absolutely. By creating as system of government that separated the power of government and limited the government's role, the founders made careful efforts to avoid a corrupt executive.

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, Congress, Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life begins at conception and must be protected in all circumstances.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I a lifelong active member of the First United Methodist Church in Killeen.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I have operated a small business for 33 years and I understand the importance of balancing a budget.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 254.340.0475

Additional comment from candidate:

I believe in the principles of limited government and the principles Reagan and other conservative leaders believed in by advocating that "man is not free unless government in limited."


  • University of Houston, Houston, BS, 1979
  • University of Houston, Houston, OD, 1981
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Heart of Texas Optometric Society, President
  • College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Regional Director
  • Killeen Noon Lions Club, President
  • First United Methodist Church of Killeen, Chairman, Pastor Parrish Committee
  • Central Texas Republican Women, Affiliate Member
  • Salado Area Republican Women, Affiliate Member
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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