2020 Texas US Senate Candidate Guide

John Cornyn (R) vs MJ Hegar (D)

US Senate | Election | Nov 10, 2020

The Candidates

John Cornyn

John Cornyn

Republican

Incumbent
MJ Hegar

MJ Hegar

Democrat

The Issues

Abortion

Ban/highly restrict or legal?

John Cornyn (R)

Ban, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman’s life. Introduced four anti-abortion bills including one making it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks.

MJ Hegar (D)

Legal. Wants Roe v. Wade codified as federal law so women’s reproductive rights “are not subject to the whims of an increasingly partisan court system.”

Affordable Care Act

Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), including Medicaid expansion?

Campaign Finance

Require more disclosure about the sources of campaign financing?

John Cornyn (R)

No. Supports Citizens United, allowing corporations to make unlimited contributions. Supreme Court “has acted to protect…First Amendment rights of free speech.”

Climate Change

Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?

Address as a top priority by taxing or limiting output of greenhouse gases?

Courts

Supported Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court?

COVID-19

Support administration’s response to coronavirus pandemic?

Support administration’s economic response to coronavirus pandemic?

MJ Hegar (D)

No. Republican reluctance to extend unemployment benefits shows “failure of leadership.” “Families won’t get the help they need.”

Financial Regulation

Tighten or loosen bank regulation?

John Cornyn (R)

Loosen. Introduced legislation to roll back Dodd-Frank banking rules.

MJ Hegar (D)

No position found.

Iran

Require congressional approval for military attacks on Iran?

Labor

Support “right to work” laws, eliminating the ability of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Minimum Wage

Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Planned Parenthood

Allow Planned Parenthood’s receiving public funds for non-abortion care?