Tom Brewer

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Tom Brewer
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Nebraska, District 3
PartyRepublican
Military service
Service/branchColonel, U.S. Army Reserve
Websites
Campaign website
Tom Brewer was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Nebraska. Brewer was defeated by Adrian Smith in the Republican primary on May 13, 2014.

Biography

Brewer served for 36 years in the military, including six tours in Afghanistan. His last tour was cut short after his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while he was changing a tire. Brewer suffered severe injuries, including shrapnel wounds, a punctured eye and shredded ligaments. He holds two Purple Hearts.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Brewer listed the following issues on his campaign website:[2] Pro Family & Pro Life

  • The Sanctity Of Human Life: "I believe in protecting human life, except in the instance of saving the life of the mother, and will defend all innocent life. I favor protection for the unborn, because I believe that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator, our Father in Heaven, “with certain unalienable rights.” I will support only such legislation that protects every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death."
  • Restore Family Values: "Family values seem to be something that many of our elected representatives in Washington have forgotten. Because so many of our leaders are turning a blind eye to the issues facing our families, we are seeing a slow and steady weakening of our quality of life and a decline of traditional family values. The family nucleus is not being respected. At some point, family issues must take priority in our nation or we are going to see our society, as we know it, tossed to the trash heap of history."
  • Education: "By fostering a climate of excellence, competition, and innovation, we can once again have the best education system in the world – a system that empowers each child to excel and accomplish their educational and professional goals. There must be higher standards and accountability within our school systems while allowing individual states the ability to develop curriculum and policies that meet the needs and goals of individual students and the educational policies within their state."
  • Government Spending & Control: "There must be a limitation of the reach of the federal government within each American’s life. The current overreach of the government has taken a toll on the well-being of our nation and our citizen’s rights endowed to them by our Constitution. The government must be bound to its constitutionally limited role. We have seen an unprecedented expansion of government in the last few years. Individual freedoms will become even further limited as the government continues to infringe on our privacy, or constitutional rights, and our personal liberties that are the foundation of our nation."
  • Healthcare Reform: "One of the first actions I will take as a U.S. Representative is to do all within my power to repeal ObamaCare. The Affordable Care act is anything but that. This law will increase premiums for working families, raises taxes on small businesses, cut Medicare for seniors, and kill jobs. It is too expensive costing over $1.3 trillion, and it will increase the national deficit at a time when our government’s spending is already spiraling out of control. ObamaCare places a significant strain on private healthcare companies, doctors, and hospitals, and will negatively impact every American, especially those that it was touted as helping the most. We need to replace it with commonsense, market-based solutions that will increase health care access and lower costs for all Americans."
  • Jobs and the Economy: "I believe that we must support free markets and fight against taxes and failed policies that take money away from hard-working American taxpayers. We need policies that empower small business owners and the private sector so they can expand and hire employees. Small businesses are responsible for 70% of America’s jobs. When we are able to give business owners the confidence they must have in order to invest, innovate, and expand, we enable economic growth to be generated. Taxes need to be cut, government spending needs to be reduced, and there must be a balanced budget in order to have a healthy economy. With millions of Americans without jobs private sector job growth, not raising taxes, will help us work towards reducing our nation’s debt and getting our country back to being fiscally disciplined, secure, and stable."
  • National Defense & Veterans: "Being a Retired Army Colonel, I have a deep commitment to our national defense. We are blessed to live in the greatest country on this earth, the United States of America. We need to maintain our status as a superpower both economically and militarily. Our national security also depends on prioritizing energy independence, developing the natural resources found here, and securing our borders while fixing an ailing immigration system. My support for our veterans, and all of the brave men and women in uniform who defend our nation, freedoms, and national interests of our great nation, is unwavering. I am also committed to taking care of America’s military families as they sacrifice so much for our country. Comprehensive benefits and quality healthcare must be a priority in ensuring the wellbeing of our soldiers and their families."
  • Second Amendment: "As the former Director of the Marksmanship Training Center, a double-distinguished competitive shooter and having earned the President’s 100, there is nothing I feel stronger about than the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Congress must halt the unconstitutional practice of restricting a person’s right to purchase, transport, store or possess arms on public lands or on that individual’s private property under the guise of regulating interstate commerce. I have been a lifelong hunter that has become weary of the constant attack from Washington D.C. and the anti-gun United Nations on our Second Amendment rights. It has never been more important that Americans are totally committed to defending our God-given right to keep and bear arms. We need leaders in Congress who live the Second Amendment and do not just give it lip service to get elected."
  • The Future and the use of Alternative Energy: "American technology should always be working to find new and cost effective ways to increase our nation’s global independence. The work in alternative energy ensures the independence of the future of our nation. America’s economy will continue to prosper by private industry supporting the continued exploration of our country’s use and technology of alternative energy."

Elections

2014

See also: Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Brewer ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Nebraska's 3rd District. Brewer sought the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014, but lost to Adrian Smith.[3]

U.S. House, Nebraska District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 68.1% 67,113
Tom Brewer 31.9% 31,436
Total Votes 98,549
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brewer's reports.[4]

Tom Brewer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[5]April 15, 2014$0.00$96,028.86$(71,406.81)$24,622.05
Running totals
$96,028.86$(71,406.81)

Personal

Brewer has run 39 marathons.[1]

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