Candidate Profile
Melissa Esparza-Mathis

Republican , Texas


Melissa Esparza-Mathis
U.S. Rep., Dist.8

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Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or when there is a danger to the life of the mother or child.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The way to guarantee Social Security benefits for the future is by insisting on fiscal responsibility today. We need a balanced budget. We need to audit every department to find out where there is waste or fraud. We need to ensure only those that qualify for benefits are receiving benefits.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Legislator pay, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

The Federal Government should not be in the business of funding or financing education at state institutions. That being said, there are programs already in place for student loan forgiveness. Those programs need to be accessible and utilized.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The government is a secular institution, based on the constitution alone. The bible, or any other religious text, should not be used institutionally, to decide law or policy. However, it is every lawmaker's right to use their own religious beliefs to guide their decisions. As a member of the military, I was free to practice my own religion, however, I never pushed my beliefs on others.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

We need transparency in our healthcare system. Nobody should ever be surprised by a medical bill. We also need transparency from our legislators. Are they receiving money from healthcare corporations. Greed has no place in the healthcare system.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

We need a strong military, withe the best weapons and the best training; and we need to not be afraid to use it if the situation calls for it.


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Anyone should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. as long as they go through the proper procedures and enter the country legally.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian and unafraid. My values are fundamental American values that I, and my family, cherish and nurture: Faith, freedom, our American flag, family, our guns, and our rights.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Counselor in criminal justice system Retired Military Arabic Linguist

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

We don't need to further restrict gun ownership. We just need to abide by the laws that we already have.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1 Transparency and accountability of government 2 Taking care of homeless Veterans 3 Border Security

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

This question is misleading. Racism is not a threat by itself. Extremism, whether by race, or religion, or political ideology, is the threat.


  • Sam Houston State, Huntsville
Work & Military
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