Since entering the service at 18, I have pledged to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, even with my life. The people are the strength of our nation, not the government. In a free society, people do not require constitutional authority to act - government does.

The Federal government has amassed an irresponsible $17 trillion debt because policy makers are asking the federal government to do things that it was never intended to do – things that exceed Constitutional authority. We must halt the expansion of government, which limits freedom and threatens all that we hold dear. As a member of Congress, I will do everything in my power to curb government reach into our lives and liberty.

Steve Russell was a member of the U.S. Army.  Use of this military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.