Election 2012: District 4 U.S. Congress: Thomas Massie

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Massie seeks to expand on experience

By Lisa King

Thomas Massie is looking to trade his job as Lewis County judge-executive, a position he has held since 2010, for the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.

Massie, an engineer, inventor and farmer, is a Republican who lives on a cattle farm in Lewis County with his wife of 18 years, Rhonda, and their four children, ages 8, 11, 14 and 16.

Massie, 41, holds a bachelor of science degree and Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he invented a robotic program and became a small business owner, founding SensAble Technologies in 1993.

The couple moved back to Lewis County in 2002 to raise their children on a farm.

Massie said he became interested in politics in 2007, when he helped rally citizens in Lewis County to stop an unwanted tax from being instituted there.

He said he was motivated to run for congress out of concern for the future of America.

“I’m concerned for our country, and for the debt, and for our economy and the future of our country, and I want to make sure it’s a place where everybody can pursue the American dream,” he said. “I’m becoming increasingly concerned that those opportunities are becoming diminished because of our national debt and wasteful spending in our government. That’s what inspired me to run.

“I’m also concerned about our energy policy. It’s causing our economy to be sluggish. The price of energy is embedded in everything that we buy, whether it’s at the supermarket or at the car dealership.”

He lists his campaign goals as addressing the debt crisis by reducing federal spending and balancing the budget, promoting economic recovery by reducing regulatory burdens imposed by bureaucratic organizations such as the EPA and FDA, passing term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and a pro-life amendment.

He said he also would seek to reform the tax code to be fairer and flatter and to protect peoples’ personal freedoms by insisting on constitutionally limited government and respect for the bill of rights.

“Our tax code is unfair; it’s full of loopholes, and it punishes those who are trying to start a business,” he said. “And our energy policy is crippling our economy and putting our national security at risk.”