Candidate Profile
Renee Swann

Republican , Texas


Renee Swann
U.S. Rep., Dist.17

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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?

Save the life of the mother.


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?

We absolutely must protect the Americans who are already in or near retirement. They were made a promise and the country has a moral obligation to not only honor those commitments and protect their benefits, but also strive to be able to provide cost of living adjustments. We must also recognize the need to develop options for younger workers to divert a portion of their paychecks to individual retirement accounts. We need to allow people to control more of their own retirement savings, independent of the federal government. However, Social Security will remain a principle safety net.

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

Initially, we must look to the bloated federal agencies in Washington that have too much personnel. We can start by cutting spending from unnecessary salaries, but then must comprehensively evaluate which programs would be better handled by private industry.

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

It is not the responsibility of government to pay off debt. The only time that some federal loan forgiveness programs are appropriate is when graduates commit for a period of service in underserved, traditionally hard to recruit areas, such as rural doctors. I would not discontinue these programs, but certainly believe that they should always be evaluated for efficiency.

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 should play no role in religion.


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?

My husband and I founded and have been operating the Brazos Eye Surgery Center for more than 30 years. As the Chief Operations Officer, I have personally spent the last 10 years dealing with the ramifications of the passage of Obamacare. The problem can be boiled down to two core problems throughout the system: 1) there's not enough competition in the marketplace 2) there is way too much bureaucracy and mandates that have been interfering with the doctor and patient relationship. We must empower the patient to understand healthcare costs up front.

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 must not be afraid to call radical Islamic terrorism by its name and not bury our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist. That's the only way to address the problem. Our men and women in uniform should be empowered to apprehend and destroy terrorist cells in order to protect our country.


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?

I support President Trump's position on a merit-based immigration system. We welcome immigrants who go through the legal immigration system and are committed to contributing to our country.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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

Strongly Agree   

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.

My faith and spiritual walk is one that is real and personal. It is one that is built on the whole Bible and its teaching and instruction. It is relational and strengthened daily by personal surrender to my Creator's sovereignty in my life. He made me so He gets to command me. Seeking God's will on a daily basis in the midst of all of life's journey is the foundation that allows me see His love for me and teaches me how to truly love others.


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.

For the past 38 years I have been building a business and raising a family. I have not been involved in politics or taking public positions. The rise of socialism in our nation has caused me to offer myself as an candidate in this election so we can protect our Constitutional rights and preserve the liberties we have been so blessed with in our nation.

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?

I am running for the 17th Congressional District because I want to serve my community and I believe in electing new people, with a common sense vision for strengthening our nation, which is EXACTLY what we need to stop the chaos and force Congress to, once again, serve the people. Thirty-eight years ago in Waco, Texas, my husband Russell and I started our medical practice, Brazos Eye Surgery of Texas, because we wanted to be somewhere that had a sense of community, of neighbor helping neighbor, and families growing up together. Central Texas has offered all of these things to our family. We deserve to be represented by folks who truly understand our interests, our hopes, and our challenges. People who have built businesses, cared for others in our communities, raised their families alongside ours, and who understand that the voices of the people of Central Texas and the Brazos Valley are the ones that really matter. I would be honored to have your vote.

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?

Criminals should not be allowed to have a gun.

Other Important Issues

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

Strongly Disagree   

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?

Eliminating unnecessary federal regulations to eliminate government red tape that eliminate individual freedoms and cripple businesses. Authorize additional border security measures that target drug cartels and human trafficking. Open up the healthcare sector to allow for more choices to be created by the private sector, which ultimately has been outcomes than government run healthcare.

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

When discrimination becomes a violent act, that is a threat that we must take seriously.


  • Loyola University, New Orleans, BA, 1980
Work & Military
  • Brazos Eye Surgical Center, Chief Operating Officer, 35
  • Shell Oil, Accounting Clerk, 2
  • The Law Offices of Paula Perrone, Office Manager, 1
  • Shoreshim Ministries, Contributors
  • CareNet Pregnancy Centers, Contributors
  • Hillcrest Pds Magnet School, Past President of PTA
  • Waco Junior League, Past Member
  • Lake Air Little League, Past Volunteer
  • Wild Branch Ministries, Contributors
  • John Woods Ministries, Contributors
  • Highland Baptist Church, Past Member, Bible Study & Sunday School Teacher
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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