District 30 United States Representative

Beth Van Duyne
Brief biography
Main platform
Healthcare
Criminal Justice
Immigration
Gun Reform
Environmental Protection
  • Wants our country to continue making advances in technology that reduce emissions, have a smaller footprint for energy energy generation, and contribute to cleaner air, water, and soil

  • Is interested in next generation nuclear reactors

Beth Van Duyne
Brief biography
  • Regional Administrator for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2017 - present)

  • Mayor of Irving, Texas (2011-2017)

  • Irving City Council Member (2004-2010)

  • B.A. in city and regional planning and government and law from Cornell University.

Main platform
  • lower the cost of healthcare 

  • stop the drug cartels and human traffickers from harming more of our citizens

  • pass an infrastructure bill

  • expand growth so our hard-working families have more job opportunities and higher wages

Healthcare
  • allow Associated Health Care plans (individuals and small businesses banding together in order to have equal purchasing power as corporations and labor unions)

  • Expand the use of health savings accounts

  • allow people to purchase insurance across state lines

  • make healthcare plans portable so they follow the individual.

Criminal Justice
  • Advocates for increased punishment of crimes of a “violent nature or crimes against others” to prevent criminals “released back into our neighborhoods where they commit further crimes.”

  • Calls for convictions to be registered with the National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NICS) to prevent violent offenders from being able to lawfully purchase firearms

Immigration
  • Believes in a pathway to legal status

  • Advocates for building more border wall and hiring more border agents to gain operational control  

  • Supports the “Remain in Mexico” policy

  • Wants to increase ICE agents and local law enforcement officers

Gun Reform
  • Believes violent criminals should be prevented from making a legal gun purchase

  • Believes gun laws should concentrate on criminals who commit violent crimes

Environmental Protection
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Brief Biography
  • Has served for over 40 years in public office 

  • Has represented the 30th District in the House for 14 terms 

  • Served as the first Black female Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas 

  • Was the first Black woman elected from Dallas to join the State Congress

Criminal Justice
  • Cosponsored recent legislation including: 

    • Promoting Fair and Effective Policing through Research Act which directs funds to research on policing policies,

    • Bend Toward Justice Act of 2020 which seeks to lower the standard of proof in police brutality cases to “reckless”

    • George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 which seeks to reform police departments through holding officers accountable and regulating use of force

  • Voted in favor of the 1994 Crime Bill

Healthcare
  • Supported the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare

  • Sponsored and cosponsored bills that support maternal and infant health, better support nurses, and assist families dealing with mental health issues

Criminal Justice
  • Supports Campaign Zero, an advocacy group committed to ending excessive use of force by police 

  • establish a national database to track misconduct and the use of force across police departments

  • Would fight to end the use of no-knock warrants;

  • end qualified immunity, a civil liability shield for police officers that allows them to act with near impunity.

  • Eliminating cash bail system and private prisons

Immigration
  • Believes in offering a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and a streamlined system for legal immigration coupled with “increased disincentives for illegal immigration”

  • Opposed policies including National Emergency Declaration to build the border wall, family separation, and asylum denial for domestic and gang violence victims

Infrastructure
  • Supports legislation that enables growth and maintenance of transportation infrastructure, including DART rail line extensions and the Dallas-to-Houston high speed rail project

Reproductive Rights
  • Believes that medical decisions should be reserved for a patient and their healthcare provider

  • Voted against “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015”

Environment
  • Cosponsored the Climate Action Now Act, which called for the U.S. to remain in the Paris Climate Accord

Tre Pennie
Brief Biography
  • Served as a Dallas Police sergeant for 20 years 

  • Served in the U.S. Army 

  • Is a university professor with a Doctorate Degree of Higher Education from Texas Tech University

  • Opened nonprofits that support families of police officers harmed in the line of duty

Criminal justice
  • Plans to promote safer communities through: 

  • Improving access to law enforcement education & training

  • Allocating funds for equipment and technology

  • Ensuring law enforcement agencies are prepared for new threats

Healthcare
  • Plans to introduce legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug companies with the goal of lowering domestic prescription costs

  • Plans to prevent drug companies from inflating closets by capping prices

Criminal Justice
  • Supports Campaign Zero, an advocacy group committed to ending excessive use of force by police 

  • establish a national database to track misconduct and the use of force across police departments

  • Would fight to end the use of no-knock warrants;

  • end qualified immunity, a civil liability shield for police officers that allows them to act with near impunity.

  • Eliminating cash bail system and private prisons

Immigration
  • Advocates for privatization of immigration pre-check systems

  • Vows to fight for bipartisan legislation that expedites visa requests, supports employment opportunities for immigrants, provides a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, and improves asylum laws

Education
  • Is a proponent of school choice and vocational education

  • Promotes the idea of allowing religious institutions to receive federal funding to establish their own school systems

Reproductive Rights
  • Advocates for pro-life policies and believes abortion pratices target minority communities and contribue to low birth rates

Foreign Affairs
  • Supports the U.S./Israel Memorandum of Understanding that allocates $38 billion in military aid to Israel between 2018-2028

  • Argues against the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction) movement as an “anti-Semitic policy” 

  • Commends Trump for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

  • Wants our country to continue making advances in technology that reduce emissions, have a smaller footprint for energy energy generation, and contribute to cleaner air, water, and soil

  • Is interested in next generation nuclear reactors