Candidate Profile
Shelby Slawson

Republican , Texas


Shelby Slawson
State Rep., Dist. 59 - Pos. [place]

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


*Matt Rinaldi, *Pat Fallon, *Rafael Cruz, Sid Miller, *Texas Eagle Forum, Texas Right to Life and 2 more

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

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   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

A beating heart is unequivocal evidence of a life created by God and we have a moral imperative to stand for those innocent lives from conception forward. In the very rarest of circumstances there may be an emergent situation requiring a medical professional to choose whether to save a mother or a baby, but those rare and tragic instances should not be the exceptions exploited to create the rule.


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   

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

(Did not answer)

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   

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

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?

(Did not answer)


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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Competition in a free market is necessary to drive down costs for all, letting consumers—not the government—choose the best options for care and insurance for themselves. Obamacare is a disaster that has exponentially inflated costs for hard-working families and must be repealed.

National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


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   

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   

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

The US must have effective, efficient laws for admitting those who wish to immigrate and contribute positively to our country—and a secure border for protecting the sovereignty of our nation.


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   

Promotion of the LGBT agenda in public schools, including teaching of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, is completely inappropriate and should be opposed at the state and local level.

Strongly Agree   

I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Jesus-loving, born-again Christian.


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.

(Did not answer)

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I was raised in a rural Texas community (in HD 59) by parents who modeled hard work and fiscal restraint under tight budgets. I grew up working jobs in fast food, retail, nursing home care, and waitressing before becoming a first-generation college graduate and then law school graduate. Today I am blessed to be an entrepreneur and executive in successful small businesses, alongside my husband of over twenty years. An attorney by training, I am a rural Texas advocate by calling. I believe firmly in the power of volunteerism and the importance of community and political engagement, and have lived that out through a long history of service in public and private entities addressing important community issues including economic development, taxation, land/facilities planning, annexation, and education and have been recognized as a dynamic, effective, and influential leader.

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?

(Did not answer)

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   

Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?


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

Restricting the Constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms does not make the public safer; in fact, it has the opposite effect.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

I will fight to reduce property tax burdens; eliminate abortion; secure our border; invest more of our education funding in our classrooms and vocational training and repeal/replace the current, abysmal standardized testing; defend our Second Amendment rights; and protect our vibrant economy from socialist policies and mandates.

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

Racism is never acceptable. However, the larger threats to domestic security are (1) media proliferation of divisiveness through sensationalism and perpetuating false narratives and (2) an increasingly disengaged society that relates far too much through technology and not nearly enough in person. Viewing one another through screens instead of interacting face-to-face is negatively affecting our humanity.


  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, JD, 2003
  • University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, BA, summa cum laude, 2000
Work & Military
  • Erath Rentals, Owner, 11
  • Slawson Law, Owner, 11
  • Slawson Roofing, VP, 13
  • First Baptist Church Stephenville, Member; Ministry Advisory Council; various
  • Stephenville Economic Development Authority, Chair; Board Member; Board Secretary
  • Citizens Against Ranger College Tax Annexation, Grassroots leader, speaker, author
  • Stephenville Future Land Use Committee, Member
  • Stephenville Annexation Committee, Vice Chair; ETJ Representative
  • Backpack Buddies of Erath County, Chair; Volunteer
  • Stephenville ISD Education Foundation, Board Member
  • Erath County Bar Association, Member; President
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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