STANDING UP FOR WHAT MATTERS
Standing firm on important issues is important to State Representative Jim Lucas.
As a Marine and elected official, I have sworn oaths to support, protect and defend both the U.S. Constitution and our State Constitution. Both Constitutions are plainly written and mean what they say. To me, the words “shall” and “shall not” mean what they say, not what they’ve been interpreted to mean.
Our right to keep and bear arms is arguably our most important right, as it is the one that recognizes our Natural Right to self defense, but protects all of our other rights as well. Since my first day as a state representative, I established a very respected reputation as an outspoken advocate to not only protect our gun rights, but to expand them to their Constitutional intentions. This is a reputation that I have fought hard to earn and will continue to fight even harder to keep, and my accomplishments for fighting for our gun rights speaks for itself.
I am a proud Life Member of the National Rifle Association, Life Member of Gun Owners of America, Life Member of the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association and a Member of the 2nd Amendment Foundation.
In my first year as state representative, I requested and was granted a seat on the House Education Committee and continue to serve on that Committee today. Education has always been very important to me, and as an 18 year small business owner, I understand how critical it is to have not just an educated workforce, but an educated society as well. My knowledge and experience as a small business owner provides me with a unique perspective on getting things done. If a small business owner can’t implement solutions to a problem, they go out of business and this kind of real life experience is invaluable in this area.
Public education receives over half of our state budget, over 40% of our property tax dollars, $1 billion+ in federal dollars and millions more in local funding each year. If we count the investment we make in higher education, our state dedicates 2/3 of our state budget to education. This level of financial support demands efficient use of taxpayer dollars, with an eye on results.
Indiana is blessed with an incredible group of outstanding educational professionals, with 98% of our teachers rated as Effective or Highly Effective and we continue to strive to provide resources and guidance to those entrusted with tomorrow’s leaders!
Public Policy is another Committee that I requested my first year and was fortunate enough to be assigned to. This Committee deals with all alcohol and gaming issues, along with topics regarding our gun rights and abortion issues. Each issue has an effect on everyday Hoosiers and their impact on our lives must always be considered. As a firm believer that less government is better, I bring principles and values to this Committee that respects the rights of the individual while fulfilling the proper role of a limited government.
Limited Responsible Government
One of my favorite statements regarding the Rule of Law is the first paragraph in the Preamble of the Bill of Rights: “The Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution …”
This short but incredibly powerful sentence sums up perfectly the very reasons for the limitations placed on government, along with the recognition of our individual and states rights. I believe the solutions to the majority of our issues today lie in these protections and it is incumbent that we return to these guiding principles.