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Dan Crenshaw's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (TX) - District 2


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Dan Crenshaw did not provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2022 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2022.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" (
  • Signed a letter stating "The Hyde Amendment alone has saved the lives of over 2 million innocent babies and continues to protect the conscience rights of a vast majority of Americans opposed to publicly funded abortions. We cannot allow the Hyde Amendment and other important pro-life safeguards to be decimated by Congressional Democrats." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "We can't just cut discretionary spending, we have to attack the hard stuff: mandatory spending to include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid." (
  • "We must gradually transition to a mixed pay-as-you-go and investment-based system. Current workers will contribute an additional percentage of their taxable income into a personal retirement account (PRA) invested in a limited number of approved investment funds, which offer higher growth." (
  • "#millennialretirementplans will be a pipe dream if we don't stand together as a generation and demand that runaway spending on entitlement programs be addressed. We must say NO to tax increases to fund mismanaged programs. We must refuse to be bought off with false promises." (
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • "Many people say special interests buy elections. Q 1: Have you ever sold your vote to a special interest? Doubt it. Q 2: Do politicians make unrealistic promises using other people's money? Yes. Maybe it's the politicians buying votes with false promises. Don't fall for it." (
  • "Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (
  • "The same Democrats demanding swift action to address police brutality are the same Democrats now blocking the only real chance we have to address this issue this year. Democrats won't even allow a DEBATE on Tim Scott's commonsense bill. They don't care about finding solutions." (
  • "Police brutality is real and we must take steps to root it out of all law enforcement bodies wherever it exists." (
  • "This is dangerous, counterproductive, and deeply irrational. "Defund the police" is not a call from the fringes of the far left anymore. It has gone from a radical slogan to actual policy in a major American city, within days. We should be focusing on commonsense reforms to address police brutality, not advocating for the dismantling of a force of men and women dedicated to keeping our communities safe." (
  • Voted against HR. 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act" (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "We need to follow the president's lead in rebuilding the U.S. military. I have seen first-hand the toll that 16 years of warfare has taken on our soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Our ships are barely operational and the ones that are deployed are colliding and running aground." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "For all those bitter about "big business," don't forget they employ tens of thousands of your fellow Americans. This CEO is still paying every single employee. But no business can do that forever. Government backed loans are needed NOW." (
  • Signed Letter to Secretaries Granholm and Raimondo to not ban energy exports: "Banning crude oil exports from the U.S. would be a catastrophic mistake that will harm the livelihoods of blue collar workers in the Permian Basin and result in higher prices for international crude, giving OPEC and Russia more profits. Even more, an export ban will lead to even higher costs for American families down the line. US energy policy should put Midland over Moscow." (
  • "We should be drilling for even more clean natural gas and allowing exports around the world, so that the everyone can enjoy cleaner and cheaper energy." (
  • Voted Against HR. 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (
  • Voted against HR. 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019" (
  • "The President was right to pull out of the costly and meaningless Paris Climate Agreement. That agreement was merely value signaling, not good policy. We must use our money to develop better infrastructure, not engage in hopeless attacks on our energy industry." (
  • "Calls for a carbon tax are similarly misguided. Even if we were to implement a carbon tax, such a policy might inadvertently increase emissions as our cleaner, better-regulated American oil-and-gas industry potentially cedes market share to less clean Russian and Saudi producers. At the risk of stating: the obvious, the developing world won't stop demanding energy just because we decide to tax ourselves more. Conservatives can either tackle the issue of carbon emissions sensibly by proposing workable solutions, or run the risk of allowing the Democrats to do it for us -- with policies that would offer marginal environmental benefits at a devastating: cost to the economy." (
  • "I'm all for reducing carbon emissions. My bill - the LEADING Act - promotes carbon capture tech. But claiming that this hurricane is solely because of climate change is very dishonest demagoguing, & claiming that a green new deal will "fix it" is not based in scientific reality." (
  • "Two things can be true at once: 1. The #climatestrike is asking the wrong questions & proposing the wrong solutions. 2. We can and should reduce carbon emissions w/ better tech, creating clean and exportable energy for the world. Carbon capture, nuclear, #alloftheabove." (
  • "Not only do these gun control measures violate the Constitution, but they can’t even be logically connected to reducing gun violence. It’s a double dose of bad policy." (
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (
  • Rated 90% by NumbersUSA (
  • "144k apprehensions in May. 32% increase from April. Highest figure in 13 years. We clearly need border security & asylum reform, but instead the House passed a bill that would give amnesty to far more ppl than even Obama's DACA policy. Enough already. Dems need to work with us." (
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" (
  • "For instance, this week they passed legislation out of Judiciary committee that puts Dreamers on path to citizenship. No legislation whatsoever to solve the actual source of our immigration problem, or the hundreds of thousands of people abusing our asylum laws." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
  • "This is absolutely right. Dems need to stop looking for reasons to oppose the USMCA and take it for what it is: a great deal for America. Period. And the deal is time sensitive because of Canadian elections. Call your Rep's office. Urge support." (
  • "Time is running out to improve NAFTA. Call to action: call your Democrat representatives and ask them why they won't support the USMCA. It is unambiguously GOOD for America, but they don't want to give Trump a win. Petty politics." (
  • "We must embrace free trade, and seek to give our businesses advantages by reducing regulatory burdens and lowering corporate tax rates." (
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Unknown Position In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
I support slowing the growth of DOD spending. The reality is that defense spending is not increasing as a percent of GDP. I will certainly support and push for more accountability in defense spending and eliminating practices that cause waste.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Sometimes, but only in dire situatipns, such as a recession.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Unknown Position Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Limited funding for technology development yes, but I want to reduce generous subsidies currently being given. To an extent yes. But we have overreached and need to have more business-friendly regulation in place.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
No Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Yes Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
This depends on many factors, but military options would certainly be on the table.
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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