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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 22

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Bill Merryman

Human Resources Analyst
1,137 votes (0.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will fight to restore authority to solve problems back into the hands of the communities who are most affected by the issues.
  • I will communicate with members of all parties to create bridges so we may move forward as a united country.
  • To bring about financial responsibility and encourage balanced budgets.



Being born and raised in Clovis, CA, my values have been developed through growing up in what is now the 22nd Congressional District, my military service, as well as my being a husband to a loving wife and father of five great children. If elected, I would be the FIRST Clovis native to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In June of 2003, three weeks after graduating from Clovis High, I began my career in the United States Navy. My primary assignment was as a Sonar Technician, maintaining electrical equipment and performing underwater acoustic analysis to track and prosecute submarines. This position required the upkeep and maintenance of a Secret security clearance for preserving the confidentiality of military intelligence, something direly needed to replace our current representative. During my tenure, I also participated in Counter-Narcotics Terrorism operations in the seas of South America, I earned the Humanitarian Service Medal for my efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and was awarded three Good Conduct Medals for honorable and ethical Naval Service. After four and a half years aboard the USS John L. Hall, my sea service tour was over, and I returned home to Clovis to become a recruiter in the Clovis Recruiting Station.

Following my honorable discharge in 2012, I went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. For the past several years, I have worked in the Human Resources Division for a local municipality. 


Now, I am prepared for my next adventure, representing the diverse population within California’s 22nd Congressional District in Washington D.C.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


Since enlisting in the military following graduation from Clovis High School, I have long worked for positive change in this district. My family and I now feel that the time has come for me to seek elected office. I want to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the House of Representatives by running for Congress. I have always been very concerned about the dilution of our Constitution and I believe there are workable solutions available that will enhance the lives of the individuals in this district without compromising the very essence of our country. I would like to invoke real change and know that I am the candidate to do just that. After developing my own ideologies over the years and obtaining significant experience in human resources; I am the candidate with the ability to facilitate conversations across party lines and create change that is so desperately needed in District 22. 



Our Constitution defines the specific purposes of our federal government and the limitations from controlling the rights of citizens. I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and I want to fight for a government so small that it fits within those boundaries. WE NEED MORE LIBERTY MINDED PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON TO STOP THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERREACH AND DISREGARD FOR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.



The national debt is $21 trillion and climbing. Even our representatives who claim to be financially responsible with taxpayer funds have supported increasing our debt ceiling. Debt interest payments, not the principle, cost tax payers $310 billion annually; that equals nearly $1,000 per every man, woman, and child in our country. My children will inherit the consequences of our decisions. I WANT PUT A STOP TO IRRESPONSIBILITY IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING!



Immigration is broken! The current system encourages individuals to enter our country for the purposes of living off our system, trafficking drugs and people, and bring a bad name to the majority of immigrants who come seeking a better life for themselves and their families who are ready to contribute to our society. I WANT TO PUT AN END TO LAWS CREATING BLACK MARKETS, TIGHTEN RESTRICTIONS ON WELFARE, AND STREAMLINE THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.



Being a veteran gives me firsthand experience of military operations and the needs of veterans separating from service. I feel having an invincible national defense is crucial for the security of our country, but I have seen the grossly wasteful practices of the bureaucrats in charge of our military. WE CAN HAVE THE WORLD’S STRONGEST MILITARY AT A FRACTION OF TODAY’S SPENDING THROUGH IMPROVED EFFICIENCY.



The politicians and bureaucrats in Washington have emphasized the need for healthcare insurance reform but have ignored the fundamental problem; the cost of healthcare itself. For decades, the federal government has established policies and processes which insert themselves into the doctor-patient relationship and increase administrative, non-health related, costs. TO MAKE HEALTHCARE ITSELF MORE AFFORDABLE, WE NEED TO REMOVE THE BUREAUCRACY DRIVING UP COSTS.

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