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20 Candidates Make “No New Taxes” Promise Ahead of the August 11th Primaries

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, August 10th, 2020, 1:28 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform commends the federal incumbents and candidates in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Georgia who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

Minnesota  

  • Karin Housley (SEN) 
  • Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) 
  • Tyler Kistner (MN-02) 
  • Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-06) 
  • Dave Russell (MN-07) 
  • Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) 
  • Dave Hughes (MN-07)  
  • Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08)  
     

Wisconsin   

  • Ron Johnson (SEN) 
  • Rep. Bryan Steil (WI-01) 
  • Derrick Van Orden (WI-03) 
  • Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) 
  • Cliff DeTemple (WI-05) 
  • Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05) 
  • Rep. Glen Grothman (WI-06) 
  • Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) 
  • Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08)  
     

Georgia (runoff) 

  • Andrew Clyde (GA-09)  
  • Matthew Gurtler (GA-09) 
  • John Cowan (GA-14) 
  • Marjorie Green (GA-14) 

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Fitzgerald and DeTemple Take Bold “No New Taxes” Pledge Ahead of Wisconsin’s Congressional Primary

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, August 10th, 2020, 1:22 PM PERMALINK

Taxpayers in The Badger State will be happy to learn that Scott Fitzgerald and Cliff DeTemple have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the WI-05 Republican primary. They are running to replace retiring U.S. Congressman and Pledge signer Jim Sensenbrenner. By signing the Pledge, these candidates make a written commitment to oppose and vote against any efforts to increase taxes on Wisconsin taxpayers.  

Scott Fitzgerald is the Majority Leader of the Wisconsin State Senate and has been endorsed by outgoing Rep. Sensenbrenner. Fitzgerald’s primary opponent, Cliff DeTemple, has also signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. DeTemple is a small business owner specializing in measuring systems for Land Surveying.  

With a Solid Republican rating from Cook Political Report, the winner of tomorrow’s primary is a strong favorite to become the next Congressman from Wisconsin’s 5th district.  

In Wisconsin, every Republican in the state congressional delegation has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

ATR strongly urges all candidates running for elected office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledges. Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting ATR.org. 

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27 Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers Victorious in August 4th Primaries

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, 2:33 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates the 27 Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers who won primaries in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington on Tuesday. These signers made written commitments to the taxpayers of their respective states to oppose and vote against all efforts to increase taxes.    

The following primary winners have signed the Pledge:  

Arizona  

  • Tiffany Shedd (AZ-01) 
  • Brandon Martin (AZ-02) 
  • Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) 
  • Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) 
  • Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06) 
  • Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) 
  • David Giles (AZ-09) 

 
Kansas 

  • Tracey Mann (KS-01) 
  • Jake LaTurner (KS-02) 
  • Amanda Adkins (KS-03) 
  • Rep. Ron Estes (KS-04) 

 
Michigan  

  • Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01) 
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02) 
  • Peter Meijer (MI-03)  
  • Rep. John Moolenaar (MI-04) 
  • Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) 
  • Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07) 
  • Lisa McClain (MI-10) 

 

Missouri  

  • Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02) 
  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) 
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MI-04) 
  • Rep. Sam Graves (MI-06) 
  • Rep. Billy Long (MI-07) 
  • Rep. Jason Smith (MI-08) 
     

Washington  

  • Rep. Jaime Herrera (WA-03) 
  • Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) 
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05) 
     

*Votes are still being tallied in several races. This post will be updated to reflect the results as they become available. 

Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break. 

“With Joe Biden planning to raise taxes by over $4 trillion, it is more important now than ever for candidates nationwide to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Voters are looking for pro-growth and pro-jobs solutions that will strengthen our economy, and I thank these victorious candidates for taking the important first step and signing the Pledge to the American people,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other races, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

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ATR Releases List of Tennessee Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, 2:12 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform commends the federal incumbents and candidates in Tennessee who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

  • Sen. Lamar Alexander  
  • Sen. Marsha Blackburn  
  • Bill Hagerty (SEN) 
  • Manny Sethi (SEN) 
  • Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01) 
  • Todd McKinley (TN-01) 
  • John Clark (TN-01) 
  • Josh Gapp (TN-01) 
  • Tim Hill (TN-01) 
  • Diana Harshbarger (TN-01) 
  • Rusty Crowe (TN-01)  
  • Rep. Tim Burchett (TN-02) 
  • Rep. Chuck Fleischman (TN-03) 
  • Rep. Scott Desjarlais (TN-04)  
  • Rep. Mark Green (TN-07)  
  • Rep. David Kustoff (TN-08)  

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Dozens of Candidates Make “No New Taxes” Promise Ahead of the August 4th Primaries

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe, Leigh Payne on Monday, August 3rd, 2020, 12:03 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform commends the federal incumbents and candidates in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

Arizona 

  • Tiffany Shedd (AZ-01) 

  • Brandon Martin (AZ-02) 

  • Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) 

  • Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) 

  • Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06) 

  • Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) 

  • David Giles (AZ-09)  

Kansas 

  • Sen. Jerry Moran  

  • Sen. Pat Roberts  

  • Susan Wagle (SEN) 

  • Kris Kobach (SEN) 

  • Bob Hamilton (SEN) 

  • Bill Clifford (KS-01) 

  • Tracey Mann (KS-01) 

  • Rep. Steve Watkins (KS-02) 

  • Jake LaTurner (KS-02) 

  • Adrienne Foster (KS-03) 

  • Amanda Adkins (KS-03) 

  • Sara Hart Weir (KS-03) 

  • Rep. Ron Estes (KS-04) 

Michigan  

  • John James (SEN) 

  • Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01) 

  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02) 

  • Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03) 

  • Lynn Afendoulis (MI-03) 

  • Peter Meijer (MI-03)  

  • Rep. John Moolenaar (MI-04) 

  • Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) 

  • Elena Oelke (MI-06)  

  • Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07) 

  • Kristina Lyke (MI-08)  

  • Mike Detmer (MI-08) 

  • Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10) 

  • Lisa McClain (MI-10) 

  • Whitney Williams (MI-11) 

  • Eric Esshaki (MI-11) 

  • Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11) 

Missouri 

  • Sen. Roy Blunt 

  • Sen. Josh Hawley  

  • Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02) 

  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) 

  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MI-04) 

  • Rep. Sam Graves (MI-06) 

  • Rep. Billy Long (MI-07) 

  • Rep. Jason Smith (MI-08) 

Washington 

  • Rep. Jaime Herrera (WA-03) 

  • Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) 

  • Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05) 

  • Corey Bailey (WA-08)  

 

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TN U.S. Senate Race Update: Sethi and Hagerty Make Bold Commitment to Oppose Tax Hikes

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe, Adam Radman on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020, 11:17 AM PERMALINK

With over a dozen candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee, it can be hard for voters to know where each candidate stands on important issues like taxes and spending.  

So far, two candidates running to replace retiring U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising to oppose and vote against any tax hikes on Tennessee taxpayers: Manny Sethi and Bill Hagerty.  

With a Solid Republican rating by The Cook Political Report, the winner of the August primary is a strong favorite to become the next Senator from Tennessee. 

Hagerty is a businessman and served as the United States’ Ambassador to Japan from 2017-2019. He has also received an endorsement from President Trump. 

Sethi is an orthopedic trauma surgeon and the founder of Healthy Tennessee, a non-profit group promoting preventative healthcare. He has received endorsements from Senator Rand Paul and former Tennessee Congressman Ed Bryant.   

In The Volunteer State, both U.S. Senators and 6 of the 9 U.S. House members have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break. 

ATR strongly urges all candidates running for elected office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledges. Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting ATR.org. 

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Candidates in Maine, Texas, and Alabama Make “No New Taxes” Promise

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, July 13th, 2020, 12:32 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform applauds the federal incumbents and candidates in Alabama, Texas, and Maine who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates in Maine and the runoffs in Texas and Alabama have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

Maine 

  • Eric Brakey (ME-02) 
  • Adrienne Bennett (ME-02) 
  • Dale Crafts (ME-02) 

Alabama  

  • Jeff Sessions (SEN) 
  • Tommy Tuberville (SEN) 
  • Bill Hightower (AL-01) 
  • Jerry Carl (AL-01)  
  • Barry Moore (AL-02) 
  • Jeff Coleman (AL-02) 

Texas  

  • Josh Winegarner (TX-13) 
  • Ronny Jackson (TX-13) 
  • Monica De la Cruz Hernandez (TX-15) 
  • Pete Sessions (TX-17) 
  • Renee Swann (TX-17) 
  • Kathleen Wall (TX-22) 
  • Troy Nehls (TX-22) 
  • Tony Gonzales (TX-23) 

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New Jersey Congressional Candidates Make Bold “No New Taxes” Pledge Ahead of Tomorrow’s Primary

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, July 6th, 2020, 11:48 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform applauds the federal incumbents and candidates in New Jersey who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates and incumbents have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

New Jersey  

  • Tricia Flanagan (SEN) 
  • Seth Grossman (NJ-02) 
  • David Richter (NJ-03) 
  • Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) 
  • Mike Ghassali (NJ-05) 
  • Thomas Kean (NJ-07) 
  • Rosemary Becchi (NJ-11)  

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Federal Candidates in Utah, Oklahoma, and Colorado Make “No New Taxes” Commitment Ahead of the June 30th Primary

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, June 29th, 2020, 11:18 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform applauds the federal incumbents and candidates in Utah, Oklahoma, and Colorado who have taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates and incumbents have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

Colorado 

  • Sen. Cory Garder  

  • Charlie Winn (CO-02) 

  • Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) 

  • Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) 

  • Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)  

  • Charles Stockham (CO-06) 

  • Steven House (CO-06)  

Utah 

  • Sen. Mike Lee 

  • Sen. Mitt Romney  

  • Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) 

  • Katie Witt (UT-01) 

  • Kerry Gibson (UT-01) 

  • Rep. John Curtis (UT-03) 

  • Kathleen Anderson (UT-04) 

  • Burgess Owens (UT-04) 

  • Kim Coleman (UT-04) 

  • Trent Christensen (UT-04) 

Oklahoma  

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe 

  • Sen. James Lankford 

  • Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01) 

  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) 

  • Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03) 

  • Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04)  

  • Terry Neese (OK-05) 

  • David Hill (OK-05) 

  • Miles Rahimi (OK-05)  

  • Janet Barresi (OK-05) 

  • Stephanie Bice (OK-05)  

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Candidates Make Bold “No New Taxes” Promise Ahead of New York and Kentucky Primaries

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, June 22nd, 2020, 1:56 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform commends the federal incumbents and candidates in New York and Kentucky who have taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s June 23rd congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to hardworking taxpayers and to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates and incumbents have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

New York 

  • Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-01) 
  • Joseph Caldarera (NY-11) 
  • Ola Hawatmeh (NY-19) 
  • George Phillips (NY-22) 
  • Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) 
  • Chris Jacobs (NY-27) 


Kentucky 

  • Rep. James Comer (KY-01) 
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02)  
  • Vickie Glisson (KY-03) 
  • Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-04) 
  • Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05) 
  • Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)  

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