I’m Dave Dodson, a common-sense Reagan Republican, who grew up in the Rocky Mountain West hunting, riding horses, and camping in the Snowy Range. After a career in business working for myself in industries like trucking and auto parts, I came back to the state I love, and found it hurting economically, and neglected by a senator who is more interested in his donors and personal career than fighting for this state.
Nationwide, our economy has fallen to last place. Wyoming is the most remarkable state, and yet we are watching our kids leave in order to make a good living. We need to build on our agriculture and natural resource base to keep Wyoming communities together.
Politicians like John Barrasso complained about Obamacare, until it came time for him to fix it, then he had no plan. Meanwhile, Wyomingites spend more and more in premiums, for less and less coverage.
The medical and non-medical resources provided through the VA were earned by our veterans through their service to our country. We have a responsibility to ensure these services meet the same standards as if they were for our own family and are at least as good as the medical services available to members of Congress.
I’m done electing politicians who treat “public service” like a lifetime appointment. Congressmen should not be able to serve more than two terms. Both the president and I feel it is time to drain the swamp and replace career senators and congressmen with people who know how to get things done. We were very close in 1994. It can be done! I promise to do everything in my power to make term limits a reality.
Politicians spend 1/3 of their time fundraising. What’s worse is that wealthy corporations buy them off and in return get special treatment. That’s just wrong! As your senator I will fight to restrict fundraising while in office. I want to get money out of politics and am refusing to accept campaign donations from PACs, special interests or lobbyists.
Put Wyoming First represents a value I want for our state. It means that our politicians put Wyoming families ahead of donors, party, and personal careers. It's a return to a time when our Senators went to Washington DC not to build a personal career (or fortune) but instead to help improve the neighborhoods that they represent. It’s also a recognition that Wyoming has been keeping food on the tables, homes warm at night, and the lights on in factories — throughout the country. I do not think the other 49 states appreciate our contribution to this country.
I’m running so that we can be proud of the state we leave to the sons and daughters of Wyoming, including my three daughters Rachel, Hannah, and Caroline. I’ve never run for political office, but I decided to raise my hand and do something about the swamp, because I’m done electing politicians who treat “public service” like a lifetime appointment. I have things I want to get done, and then I’ll return to my community and give someone else a chance.