Chris McDaniel believes in America’s promise of freedom and liberty as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Those are not mere words thrown around loosely every two or four years. They form the basis for an uncompromising and sacred trust begun with our forefathers and passed down from one generation to the next. They also perfectly describe Chris’ core beliefs as a public officeholder.
Defender of Individual Liberty
His time as a state senator has been focused on countless legislative measures to defend religious liberty and free speech, preserve private property rights, cut wasteful government spending, strengthen individual privacy, fight off federal overreach of our state and individual rights, reinforce our 2nd amendment rights to bear arms, protect innocent human life, toughen immigration laws and champion the will of the people in the legislative process.
Chris authored the “Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013,” which guarantees students’ First Amendment rights to free speech and religious freedom.
As a first-term senator, he took on the Mississippi establishment and led the fight to protect private property rights, urging his fellow state senators to override Gov. Haley Barbour’s veto of eminent domain legislation that would prevent government from taking private land for use by private companies.
Protecting individual rights, he sponsored legislation to allow citizens to opt-out of requirements to provide personal and private information for use by the government.
He is a consistent and vocal defender of the Second Amendment and introduced the Firearms Freedom Protection Act to protect against federal encroachment on our Second Amendment rights in 2013.
A Champion of Mississippi’s Taxpayers & Small Businesses
While serving as chairman of the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition, Chris has spoken against job-killing increases in taxes and in support of cutting government spending. He’s voted against spending bills and against a borrowing bill that included millions of dollars for unnecessary government projects. He fought to protect taxpayer dollars by introducing legislation that would require recipients of public assistance to be subject to random drug testing.
Chris has also sponsored bills to protect small businesses from harmful state regulations, and fought against Obamacare’s damaging effects for families and businesses in the state. He served as the lead counsel, donating his time pro bono, in a lawsuit filed against President Obama and his administration seeking to declare Obamacare as unconstitutional.
On matters of life, Chris has shown his commitment by authoring several pieces of legislation that protect unborn babies and reaffirm the sanctity of human life. He has also volunteered his time to serve as legal counsel to many pro-life organizations in Mississippi.
Standing up for the Rule of Law
When it comes to immigration, Chris pushed for a stronger voter ID bill in lieu of one that would have given felons the right to vote. His initiative led to a statewide referendum that was approved by voters. Chris also introduced and passed the Employment Protection Act in 2008, also known as the E-Verify law. The bill requires all Mississippi companies to use an Internet-based system to check the legal status of potential employees. Other important pieces of legislation relating to immigration introduced by him include bills to prohibit federal and state benefits to undocumented workers, to prohibit the creation of sanctuary cities in Mississippi and to require undocumented aliens to pay out-of-state tuition at state schools.
Providing Education Opportunities
Chris authored the “Mississippi Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act of 2012” to provide scholarships to low- and middle-income students in low performing districts to pay tuition at private or another higher performing public school. Additionally, the bill would provide state income tax credits for private school tuition. As the husband of a public school teacher and supporter of local control, Chris has led the fight against Common Core curriculum in Mississippi public schools.
Mississippi Values and the Voice We Want in Washington
Chris is a life-long resident of Mississippi and Jones County. He is a graduate of Jones County Junior College, William Carey College and Ole Miss School of Law, where he finished near the top of his class.
Following law school, he served as a clerk to United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi Judge Charles W. Pickering, Sr.
He is an attorney and partner in the Law Firm of Hortman, Bassi, Robinson & McDaniel and is also co-owner of a commercial real estate business and owner of a residential real estate business.
A noted writer and talk show radio host, Chris is an active member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Federalist Society, the Mississippi Bar Association, the Jones County Bar Association, the Rotary Club, and the Lions Club.
He is also a regular speaker throughout Mississippi for the need to return to the basic principles enshrined in our Constitution. He has also published or been quoted in multiple conservative, legal, and news publications on issues related to fiscal responsibility, immigration, and government reform.
Chris is married to Jill Tullos McDaniel, a public school teacher, and they are the proud parents of sons, Cambridge and Chamberlain. Chris and his family are members of the West Ellisville Baptist Church, where for more than a decade, he has sponsored an annual Merry Christmas Turkey Giveaway helping spread some Christmas cheer.
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