I have spent my life in government service. From Federal Law Enforcement to the Central Intelligence Agency, being part of the effort to protect American families and our freedoms has been my life. In the Spring of 2001, I was poisoned while on an assignment in the Balkans; by 2010 my medical team and the Agency determined that the time had arrived to consider medical retirement. After a successful career collecting intelligence, much of it spent in war zones, I had to prepare myself for a new life. I decided to focus on regaining as much of my health as possible, with the hope of returning to work. As part of therapy, I published a memoir, Mukhabarat, Baby!, which focuses on my life as a Federal Agent and as a CIA Operations Officer. As part of the release of my book, I visited many different places and met so many incredible, inspiring people. I ended up in one conversation after another, dealing with the same issue: people believe that the U.S. government, Congress in particular, is no longer representative of their beliefs, and is driven by self-interest. 

The truth is, Congress is not a representative institution, and in no way resembles what was intended by The Founding Fathers. More than a third of all Congresspersons are attorneys, and roughly half are millionaires. A review of writings published by the men and women who built our great nation make it very clear that it was necessary for political representation to reflect the demographics of American society. In order for Congress to function as designed, the members must be from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. The 115th Congress of the United States of America does not reflect the American people, a fact which greatly hinders its ability to function. The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate has become an employment agency for wealthy Americans who get re-elected 96% of the time. Representatives and Senators begin raising money for their campaigns within days of winning re-election. People are angry and feel disenfranchised, to say the least.

When Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Campaign, I was reminded of the many people I met on my book tour who had expressed their dissatisfaction with professional politicians. Hillary Clinton has spent her life involved in politics and Donald Trump has not, a factor which no doubt impacted the election. I support President Trump and I believe in the vision he shared on the campaign trail. Having spent my share of time in DC, I realized that the Democrats would fight to defeat every part of his agenda, but with the GOP controlling both houses of Congress, but I was optimistic that at the end of the day, the American people would see an overhaul of the Immigration system and the repeal of Obamacare. I was also interested in President Trump's announced intention to re-negotiate many of our Trade Agreements, which always seem to benefit the other party. 

Sadly, since the inauguration, the Trump Administration has been obliged to deal with one distraction after another. The Democrats in Congress and the mainstream press have prioritized opposing the Trump agenda. Not to be outdone, the Obama Administration used its last few months of access to collect and disseminate classified intelligence in an effort to bolster the claim that the Trump Campaign colluded with Russian efforts to impact the 2016 election. This effort has nothing to do with uncovering the truth and everything to do with overturning the will of the American people.

I have decided to run for Congress because the people of the United States deserve to live in a Representative Democracy. We need a Congress that includes Academics, nurses, soldiers, and carpenters. The House of Representatives and the Senate will return to doing its job when real Americans take their seat in the Capitol rotunda, folks who know the cost of a gallon of gas and the price of a loaf of bread. I'm running against a Congressman who, for the most part, has voted in a manner which reflects the politics of the 21st District. 

Unfortunately, a review of his voting record takes some time because he has been in office for over thirty-two consecutive years. My Congressman knows that The Founding Fathers did not intend for career politicians to spend a lifetime in Congress. The system was designed for people to serve, then move on to allow another to participate in the political process. Imposing term limits, an idea that has in the past been supported by the American people, would require an amendment to the Constitution, no simple matter. The truth is, we shouldn't need to amend the Constitution. No Congressperson or Senator should serve in perpetuity, and The Founding Fathers left it to the American people to decide when a change is necessary. That time is now. 

Congressman Lamar Smith deserves the respect and gratitude of his constituents for his years of dedication and sacrifice, but the time has come for a change. Voters in the United States, and in Texas District 21 in particular, need to make the decisions which will return the People's House to the people, and return representative functionality to the House of Representatives.  President Trump was elected as the Republican nominee, and he had every reason to expect support for a Republican-majority Congress. A Senate and a House of Representatives, fearful of an aggressive press and an apparently omnipotent Democratic Party, have given President Trump very little if any support. He deserves the opportunity to implement his agenda, and the voters of District 21, who voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, want a Congressman who will aggressively support the changes for which they voted. 

I chose government service because I believe in the United States of America and the freedom we as Americans represent. My sacrifice is nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice made by so many young men and women who chose to fight for liberty and to protect our way of life. It has been sixteen years since our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001; an entire generation of young people have no real memory of that painful day. We must stay vigilant in the war against terror, because our enemies do not rest, and won't hesitate to attack us again and again, as the opportunity presents itself. During the eight years of the Obama Administration, I felt as if our government was always in a state of apology, as if somehow we were responsible for the existence and the growth of terrorism. Just the opposite is true. In many ways we have become complacent. The United States must have the greatest military on earth, and I support President Trump as he strengthens the armed services and follows through on our obligation to both active servicemen and women and our veterans. 

I know from first-hand experience that the collection of intelligence is the first-line of defense. Our intelligence agencies must remain one step ahead of the enemy, and this requires a constant commitment from Congress. I have great concern about the probable presence of terrorist sleeper cells in our communities. Eight years of confusing, contradictory policy with regards to immigration has only encouraged our enemies as they attempt to assimilate themselves into our towns and cities. A nation is only as strong as the weakest part of its international border -- we must have an aggressive immigration policy that does not shy away from enforcement.

Congress must repeal Obamacare as promised, and begin a focused, inclusive effort to create a plan which works for all, without expanding government interference in the marketplace. When Barack Obama was elected president, he promised a new era of big government. Sadly, in many ways he succeeded. I support President Trump's initiatives to rollback new regulations and excessive burdens on businesses, as well as his efforts in bringing rational and accountable administration to the Environmental Protection Agency. 

It seems every election cycle the American people are fed a steady diet of promises regarding the simplification of our tax system. We must overhaul the system and remove unnecessary waste and paperwork. The Internal Revenue Service has become an enforcement agency in its own right, and this must be changed. The goal of the IRS should be to ensure that every American pays what they owe, and not a cent more. As for the existing tax rates, the left never stops calling for increased taxes on the wealthy. Its an easy answer that might win a few votes, but the truth is, the wealthy in America are also business builders and job creators. What is long overdo is a focused Justice Department investigation into tax fraud. Anyone caught skirting our laws in an effort to avoid paying taxes must be prosecuted to the furthest extent.

District 21 is made up of a wide variety of American citizens. From ranchers in Gillespie County to bus drivers in South Austin, we truly reflect the landscape of American society. I live in Comal County, and every day I have the opportunity to talk to people about what truly matters in their lives. I am a true Texan and a conservative, and I'm convinced that the majority of persons in District 21 tend to be as well. I'm a Christian who puts my hand on my heart when I sing the national anthem, and believes strongly in the inclusion of Christ in Christmas. 

There is no real mystery as to who I am and what I believe -- smaller government, strong military, strong borders and immigration law enforcement, support for Law Enforcement and our First Responders, national security, and a strong education system that allows parents to make the right choices for their children. I also believe that Congress should not be an employment agency, and Representative or Senator should not be lifelong occupations. When you see me in your community, please feel free to let me know what's on your mind.          


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  • Jay Salas endorsed

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    “I support Returning the People's House to the people as a major step to Make America Great Again.”

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    “I've known Eric for only a few years but fully support his run for Congress against an entrenched, 30-year incumbent. Eric is a hands-on, true-to-his-word gentleman who's goal is to go to Washington and vote the way the people of CD 21 ask. Eric is someone who's morals and ethics remained intact after a 20-year career in the CIA and I couldn't think of a better person to be our new Congressman for Texas CD 21. I encourage everyone to get behind Eric in his run for Congress!”

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  • Amelia endorsed

    “I've known Eric for only a few years but fully support his run for Congress against an entrenched, 30-year incumbent. Eric is a hands-on, true-to-his-word gentleman who's goal is to go to Washington and vote the way the people of CD 21 ask. Eric is someone who's morals and ethics remained intact after a 20-year career in the CIA and I couldn't think of a better person to be our new Congressman for Texas CD 21. I encourage everyone to get behind Eric in his run for Congress!”

  • Valerie moore endorsed

    “We need a strong voice someone who won't cater to the dems.”