Mark Butler For Congress

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  I am a conservative republican running for the 26 congressional district of California currently held by Congressman David Dreier.  I will go to congress to fight for the elimination of the federal deficit and decrease the size of the federal government as it was originally designed by the framers of constitution.  Individuals and businesses are currently over taxed and burdened by a tax code that is over 37,000 pages.

I am married and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  I spent 20 years serving my country before retiring to start my own business.  I believe in the words of the Declaration of Independence  "...Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.."

My name is Mark Butler.  In the Declaration of Independence it states that we " are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."  I believe in these rights and that the constitution was written to restrain the federal government from infringing upon these rights.
  I was born in Mt Vernon, Illinois and raised in a christian home.  My parents instilled in me a sense of Discipline, respect for others and a love of life.  My family has served and is currently serving in the Military.  My Nephew is currently serving in Iraq with the United States Army.  I served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps stationed in California, Okinawa, Japan and Brooklyn, New York.  One of my Brother's and Sister-in-law also served in the Marine Corps and another brother in the United States Air Force.  My father and two of my uncles served in the United States Army one serving in Viet Nam and another uncle that served in the United States Navy.  My Grandfather served in the United States Army, 96th Infantry Division, during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star during the battle of Leyte, Philippines.   My Great, Great Grandfather served in the civil war.
  My family has honorably served this country and defended it during war time and during peace.  I feel that I must again defend the principles that this country was founded on.  The federal government has expanded to the point that it is infringing upon our rights and needs to be restrained to allow the people to thrive and make this country great again.  The people of the United States and of the 26th Congressional district of California deserve not to be restrained in their pursuit of happiness.
  The Congress has passed and are trying to pass laws that are unconstitutional and infringe on the rights of the States.  The people of the United States and of the 26th Congressional district of California must stand up and elect Representatives that believe in restraining the government and allow the people to pursue their dreams.
I also want my daughter and her family to have the same opportunities as I have had in my life.
The Following organizations have endorsed my candidacy:

The 2010 California Election Forum
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