An anti-abortion legislator, Stickland supported in 2013 the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49.
In May 2017, Stickland became engaged in an online feud with political columnist Virgil Texas, who compared Stickland's large figure to that of a "disgusting glazed ham" and accused him of being a "Sig Sauerkraut-packing chud" after Stickland introduced a measure intended to punish children who identify as transgender. Stickland claimed his feelings were hurt by this comparison, and in return accused Texas of being intolerant.
Some commenters accused Stickland of being "a sentient turd" and claimed that he looks "like if Paul Blart hit the skids". One user posited that Stickland should be more concerned with how such gendered bathroom bills might affect him, as he cannot see his own genitals. Comedian Dave Anthony remarked that "The only thing this guy needs to shoot is gravy."