Tom Leppert

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Tom Leppert
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Texas
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Dallas
2007-2011
Education
Bachelor'sClaremont McKenna College, 1977
Master'sHarvard Business School, 1979
Personal
BirthdayJune 15, 1954
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Campaign website
Tom Leppert was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Texas.

Biography

Leppert earned his B.A. in Economics/Accounting from Claremont McKenna College in 1977. He went on to receive his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. Leppert served as the Mayor of the City of Dallas from 2007 to 2011.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Leppert's campaign website listed the following issues, among others:[2]

  • Spending
Excerpt: "The federal government must rein in spending and make real cuts to discretionary spending. Rolling discretionary spending back to 2008 levels and freezing it there until we get our debt under control is only a first step."
  • Washington's Destructive Spending
Excerpt: "I oppose and would have voted against the TARP legislation that Congress passed in 2008, and I also would have opposed and voted against the federal bailouts for the US auto manufacturers and others passed by Congress in 2009."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "The Bush tax cuts should be extended permanently. While the two-year extension may boost consumer spending in the short term, it will not have the intended impact on business investment and job creation because of the continued uncertainty of tax rates in the longer term."
  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "While it is critical to restrain federal spending, it is just as important that we have a strong, growing economy. This requires revisions in our tax policy, regulatory structure, property rights and litigation."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "I do not support any form of amnesty. I support legal immigration and recognize our nation's greatness has come in part from those who have come here legally for years. A policy must begin with adequate control of the borders. "
  • ObamaCare
Excerpt: "I would vote to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with market-based solutions. ObamaCare is unconstitutional, forcing families to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. It also places new mandates on small businesses that will cost even more jobs."
  • The Constitution
Excerpt: "The Constitution is the law, plain and simple. It contains the principles that have guided our country for generations. In the Senate, I will ensure that any legislation that receives my support is fundamentally accountable to and consistent with our founding document."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "I support and will fight to defend Americans' right to bear arms."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "One of the most important responsibilities of government is to keep our country safe from threats around the world. We must provide our troops with the equipment and support they need to succeed in their mission, stay safe and come home to their families as quickly as possible."
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I am proudly pro-life. This is first and foremost a faith issue to me and my beliefs are dictated by the Word. Throughout both my public and private sector experiences, I have boldly stood for life. Life is sacred, and I believe abortion is the wrong choice."

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

Leppert ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Texas. He was defeated by Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012.[3]

Personal

Leppert and his wife, Laura, have three children.[1]

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