Agriculture is the cornerstone of our state’s economy. As a fourth generation farm-kid, I understand the burden placed on farmers and ranchers by overregulation. I will work with President Trump to roll back harmful bureaucratic overreach and bring critical infrastructure and technology to rural communities.
Every child in South Dakota deserves the opportunity to thrive. The best way to do that is to give the power of educating our children back to those who know best, our parents, teachers and local school districts. As a legislator I fought against the implementation of common core standards and I will continue to advocate on behalf of school choice policies so that parents -not Washington bureaucrats -can decide what is best for their children.
Taxpayers should not have to bear the financial burden of a reckless government. It is time for Washington to balance its books like hardworking families across South Dakota do every day. In my office as Secretary of State, we cut our budget, became more efficient and learned to do more with less—the federal government should learn to do the same.
There is no fix to our nation’s broken immigration system until we solve the problem of illegal immigration. We cannot undermine the safety of our citizens any longer; a strong border is a matter of national security. I will work with President Trump to secure our borders, implement extreme vetting, and build the wall.
Jobs and the Economy
Our nation’s path to safety lies in economic prosperity. Ensuring our safety means continuing to lift the incredible burden our tax code has created on families and businesses. Until Washington can eliminate waste and fraudulent spending, they cannot be trusted to spend and invest your hard-earned money. I support President Trump’s sensible tax cuts that give economic control back to the people, encourage job creation, and increase revenue.Click here to read Shantel's Policy Proposal on Small Businesses
I believe our nation’s safety should be the federal government’s number one priority. Our military must stand ready to face the world’s threats—we need to ensure they have our support. I will work in Washington to guarantee our military strength and preparedness. Whether here in South Dakota at Ellsworth Air Force Base or overseas, I stand with our men and women in uniform.
For eight years politicians in Washington have made empty promises about repealing and replacing Obama’s disastrous law. We have a real opportunity with President Trump in the White House to repeal Obamacare once and for all. I will work with Congress to advocate for solutions that provide greater access to affordable care for all. South Dakota families deserve to have control over their healthcare.
As a small business owner myself, I understand the burden Washington bureaucrats place on our economy with overregulation. We must reform our regulatory process by returning economic oversight to the states to provide local solutions. I will not let Washington damper our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit. Together, we can loosen Washington’s regulatory grip on South Dakota families and businesses.
I stand unapologetically on the side of life. As a legislator I have a 100% voting record from South Dakota Right to Life and am proud to have the endorsement of Susan B. Anthony List in my bid for Congress. I will work tirelessly to protect the unborn and ensure that not one single taxpayer dollar goes to funding abortions.
Freedom of religion is the right not just to believe but to freely exercise our faith, yet religious people and communities around the country are under attack. I am grateful to have a President that will stand against these assaults on our constitutional rights. In Congress, I will join his effort by working to preserve fundamental liberties in our businesses, schools, and communities.
The constitution is clear, every American has the right to protect themselves, their families and their homes with firearms. We know that gun control fails to stop criminals, it only takes away the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. As a proud gun owner and lifetime member of the NRA, I will fight to protect the Second Amendment from liberal gun-grabbers.Click here to read Shantel's Policy Proposal on the 2nd Amendment.
Our nation is forever indebted to the men and women who courageously fought for our freedoms. The Department of Veterans Affairs is overrun with dysfunction and backlog that prevents veterans from a smooth transition back into civilian life. I support the President and Republicans in Congress as they pass legislation which eliminates the bureaucratic roadblocks to efficient care for our vets.