Why I Am Running for the Senate

I’m optimistic about the future. Perhaps that's why many of the bills I introduced passed the House - despite a Democrat-controlled Senate and White House for my first two terms in office.

I’m optimistic about the future. Perhaps that's why many of the bills I introduced passed the House - despite a Democrat-controlled Senate and White House for my first two terms in office. 

For instance: I've been working hard to pass conservative legislation to take down Obamacare. One of the first bills the House passed in 2014 was a bill I wrote to repeal and replace a major part of President Obama’s healthcare takeover. And as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I pushed an effort with Paul Ryan and others to simplify the tax code, reform our welfare programs, and save Social Security – three important conservative reforms we're starting to make progress on now that Republicans control the Senate.

Importantly, those gains have come through applying conservative principles, not sacrificing them. I have an 85% score with the American Conservative Union, a 100% pro-life score, and an A rating from the NRA.

The Open Senate Seat

Honestly, running for the U.S. Senate wasn’t something I had been thinking much about because I’ve been so focused on advancing conservative ideas in the House. But I talked with my wife and kids about it. We prayed to God for wisdom. And I reflected on my career so far and the service opportunities I’ve had, first in the Marine Corps and now in Congress. I feel blessed to live in America — and even more blessed to be able to serve my fellow Hoosiers.

Ultimately, Jenny and I came to realize that running for the Senate is what we believe we were called to do at this time.

So Why Am I Running?

I’m running because Jenny and I want our four kids to have what people across Indiana want for their kids and grandkids: a great education and professional opportunities that lead to good paying jobs and fulfilling careers right here in Indiana.

I’m running because America must continue to be engaged as a positive force in world affairs. At the U.S. Naval Academy and as an officer in the Marine Corps I learned the world is a dangerous place, and it only gets more dangerous if America turns its back on the world economically, diplomatically, or especially militarily. We can’t let that happen and we need Senators who understand this critical reality.

And I’m running for the countless Hoosiers just like my mom and dad: Dad’s a small business owner; Mom’s a nurse. They don’t really care too much about politics, but they are tired of the gridlock and fighting in Washington. They want responsible, conservative leaders willing to look for solutions to the serious problems our country faces, and I know many Hoosiers do, too.

My Commitment

These are the principles that will guide me as we embark on this journey. My commitment to you is this: I will stand proudly for the ideals of limited, effective government and individual liberty. And I will fight to protect your freedoms — and your family’s freedoms — every day in the U.S. Senate.

Are you with me?