Your Vote Counts Candidate Forum: Pete Sessions

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 6:59 PM CST
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Pete Sessions is one of 11 Republicans running to replace Representative Bill Flores as District 17’s Congressional Representative.

Sessions is from Waco, Texas. He is married with five sons.

After graduating from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Sessions took a job at Southwestern Bell Telephone company. There he took early retirement before running for Congress.

Sessions served in Congress from 1997 to 2019 where he was part of the Republican House majority that balanced the budget four years in a row.

Sessions participated in the Congressional Candidate Forum hosted by KBTX and KWTX on Jan. 25 held at Texas A&M University’s Rudder Theatre.

KBTX has reached out with additional questions from viewers. Sessions has not responded at this time.

On the Issues:

Immigration: Sessions wants to enforce all visa restrictions while constructing the wall and obtaining control of our borders and ports of entry.

"The plan I support is a guest-worker plan. It is a plan that would not allow anyone to go on the pathway to citizenship but rather they would have to register themselves and be apart of our legal process," said Sessions at the Candidate Forum on Jan. 25.

Healthcare: Sessions wants to produce lower costing healthcare by reducing the role of government. He wants to do this by repealing Obamacare and replacing it with reformed health insurance. Sessions did establish a bill while he was in Congress that allows individuals to have similar prices of coverage as an individual who receives healthcare through an employer.

"It [the bill] involves giving every single person either the employer added percentage or a tax credit opportunity where they can buy into a group plan," said Sessions.

Federal Spending: Sessions wants to balance the budget as he did for four consecutive years while he was in Congress. He plans to do this by freezing federal expenditures and then cut waste, fraud and abuse.

For more information on Sessions’s campaign visit the Related Links section on this story. To hear all of Sessions's answers from the candidate forum, watch the video player.