U.S. Rep., Dist. 7
11-06-18 General Election
 

Mark E. Green (R)

 

Justin Kanew (D)

 

Lenny Ladner (I)

 

Brent Legendre (I)

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Mark E. Green (R)
Justin Kanew (D)
Lenny Ladner (I)
Brent Legendre (I)

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  Endorsements
10 Conserv.    0 Liberal    0 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • FRC Action PAC
  • Club for Growth PAC
  • House Freedom Fund
  • Combat Veterans for Congress PAC
  • Sen. Ted Cruz
  • Sen. Rick Santorum
0 Conserv.    4 Liberal    0 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • Karl Dean (former mayor of Nashville)
  • Craig Fitzhugh (TN State House Minority Leader)
  • AFL-CIO
  • Bob Clement (former Congressman)
  • Indivisible National Chapter
  • State Representative Johnny Shaw
0 Conserv.    0 Liberal    0 Other

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  • (None)
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  Info from Other Sources
Key Votes from Vote Smart
  Stands on Issues

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Agree
Legendre:   Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Agree
Legendre:   Neutral

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Agree
Legendre:   Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Agree
Legendre:   Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Disagree
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Disagree
Legendre:   Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Agree
Legendre:   Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Disagree
Legendre:   Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Agree
Legendre:   Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Disagree
Legendre:   Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Agree
Legendre:   Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Agree
Legendre:   Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Agree
Legendre:   Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Disagree
Legendre:   Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Disagree
Legendre:   Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Disagree
Legendre:   Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Disagree
Legendre:   Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Disagree
Legendre:   Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Agree
Legendre:   Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Green:   Strongly Disagree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Disagree
Legendre:   Neutral

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Strongly Agree
Legendre:   Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Green:   Strongly Agree
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Agree
Legendre:   Neutral

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Green:   2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Legendre:   2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Green:   As an emergency medicine residency-trained physician I was taught the best way to save an unborn child is to save the mother. Physicians facing the decisions in time of crisis make the medical decision to save the mother first because it’s the best way to save the child. The question is about the humanity of the child, and I clearly believe life begins at conception. Physicians forced to choose between the two—an unimaginable scenario in my training— should have the ability to make that call in the heat of the trauma or life-threatening situation. In those situations, we need to let doctors do what they are trained to do and save both as best they can.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Under the Tenth Amendment all issues not in the first nine amendments belong to the people and the states. Let each state decide that question.
Legendre:   If the father, and mother and Dr have to make a life or death choice in the heat of labor, I cant with good conscience dictate what that choice should be for them.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Green:   Having deployed to the Middle East three times and looked terrorists in the eyes, I have seen firsthand the extraordinary challenges ?of radical Islamic terrorism.? We must stand firmly by our allies who are on the front lines of the fight, namely Israel. A strong and robust relationship between America and Israel is critical. ?President Trump was right to withdraw the U.S. from the dangerous Iran nuclear deal. We need to expand sanctions on countries like Iran, and make clear that any nation that harbors terrorists and anyone that does business with terrorists groups will face sanctions as well. And finally, we need to restore American leadership globally, which starts with rebuilding our military.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Get out of the United Nations and stop giving the Muslims special rights and privileges.
Legendre:   There is nothing that can be done. The Islamic nations and the community has to be encouraged to cleanse itself from within.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Green:   Our Founders understood that man is both fallen and has a desire to be free. In order for man to be free, government—comprised of fallen men—must be limited. Madison was right when he wrote, “There is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.” The Founders wisely mistrusted power in the hands of the few, and not only separated powers between the three branches of government, but also divided power between states and the federal government.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Mans sinfulness
Legendre:   The constitution protects the American people from our government. The founders wanted the individual states to have the right to manage themselves as they see fit and they did not want an over reaching federal government to rule over the land. After living under tyranny this was the only way that made sense to them.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Green:   Though imperfect, I am a Christian by the grace of God and seek to honor Him in all I do. I was raised by two loving parents in rural Mississippi—my dad served in the Air Force in the 50s and became a pastor. My parents taught me the importance of hard work and integrity, and I strive to honor them and God in my family, community, business, and now in public service.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   I believe that God created man in his image and gave man certain inailenable rights.
Legendre:   I am a christian. I am a conservative. I do believe that people should have to right to live their lives however they choose so long as it does not harm others, even if they choose to live in sin. Its not the governments job to legislate morality. It is my task as a christian to teach others about Christ. I believe we can all live together peacefully even though we may view the world differently. Respect and love for our fellow man has to be taught at a very young age.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Green:   Very Conservative
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Very Conservative
Legendre:   Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Green:   My record in the State Senate shows I am a proven conservative leader. Additionally, I have been endorsed by FRC Action, Club for Growth, House Freedom Fund, Campaign for Working Families, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rick Santorum, and over 100 conservative grassroots leaders in Tennessee.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   We have too much government and if elected to the US House of Representatives I will judge each vote with a question. "If this bill passes will it increase the size, cost, reach and power of government.?" If any of those conditions are met I will vote NO because we have too much government NOW.
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Green:   First and foremost, we need to repeal Obamacare and put free market principles back into health care. As a State Senator, I innovated and passed a pilot project bill to create a patient-centered and patient-controlled option for our state’s Medicaid population. Simply put, it’s a medical expense swipe card with a reduced amount of dollars available for medical purchases coupled with a catastrophic plan. The recipient is told the card is for healthcare expenses and the card is only usable at allowed facilities—and any money they do not use comes back to them with their earned income credit, thus incentivizing them to shop for lower prices and save money. Until we put free market principles back into healthcare, we cannot fix it. Consumer-centered health care shifts control of choice, decisions and payment to the patients and their providers, removing the power of the insurance companies and the government.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Get the government out of it.
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Green:   Government first and foremost needs to get out of the way. Small businesses are the economic engine of America, and should be unleashed from the burdensome regulations. Regulations weigh the economy down by as much as $2 trillion, hampering productivity across industries. We also need to end corporate welfare. As a businessman, I don’t want handouts—I just want the government to stop picking winners and losers. Government agencies like the Export-Import Bank and OPIC need to be abolished.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   NONE
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Green:   I vigorously supported President Trump’s tax cuts, which have been a big boost to the American economy. The temporary cuts in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should be made permanent. But that should be just the beginning. I am a firm believer in the Laffer Curve: Revenue increases with decreased taxes. In Tennessee, as a state senator we’ve proven the Laffer Curve to be true, cutting taxes well over a billion dollars in a $37 billion budget, and witnessing massive revenue surpluses approximating $2 billion. In the State Senate, I led the fight to fight to repeal the Hall Income Tax, making Tennessee one of only two states that has ever repealed an income tax of any kind
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Get rid of the Income Tax, (sixteenth amendment) Then cut the size, cost, reach and power of the Federal Government in the reverse order it was expanded. It's not the tax code. It's the growth in government.
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Green:   The latest unemployment report proves that pro-growth policies work. The Trump administration’s tax cuts and rolling back of the regulatory state are stimulating our economy more than any government program or agency can do. We must continue to cut taxes at all levels of government and roll back more regulations to let businesses across the country innovate, invest, and hire more people.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Allow the free market to work.
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Green:   Now comprising nearly a quarter of federal spending, Social Security trust funds will be completely depleted by 2034. Without serious reforms now, there is no way the federal government will be able to keep its promises to millions of Americans. We must not change the benefits promised to those who have reached retirement age or are anywhere near it. For future generations, we need to reform the program into a true safety net for those who need it—to keep seniors out of poverty and to help the disabled and their families. We need to make Social Security spending part of the annual budget process so there is accountability, lower taxes to encourage more personal savings, and incentivize employers to provide disability insurance with a tax credit.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Confiscate the ill gotten gains of the banking class.
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Green:   As a businessman, I understand firsthand how big government kills small businesses. As a physician, I understand the business of health care and the personal touch of the doctor-patient relationship. As a combat veteran, I have held soldiers dying on the battlefield and know firsthand the challenges they face. And, as a part-time state senator, I understand who my bosses are—the constituents—and how to stand firm on my convictions in face of great political pressure.
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   I'm an ordinary person who works for a living. I believe that all ordinary people are qualified, more qualified to run for any legislative position if they are willing to ask a question on any bill being proposed. "If this bill passes will it increase the size, cost, reach or power of government?" Then VOTE NO.
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

Green:   mark@markgreen4tn.com, 615-905-6320
Kanew:   (Did not answer)
Ladner:   Eighteenwheels4581@yahoo.com (931) 334-8131
Legendre:   (Did not answer)

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Green:  
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  Background
Mark E. Green (R)
Justin Kanew (D)
Lenny Ladner (I)
Brent Legendre (I)

Education

  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, B.S., 1986
  • University of Southern California, Fort Knox, KY Satellite, M.C., 1989
  • Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH, M.D., 1999

Education

  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, History, 2001

Education

  • Henley School, Jamaica Estates, NY, Regents, 1972
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rocheste, NY, BS, 1976

Education

  • University of Houston, Houston Tx, BS architecture, 2005

Vocational & Military Experience

  • Gateway Medical Center, Emergency Medicine Physician, Chief of Staff Elect
  • Founder & President, Align MD PLLC
  • CEO, Linden Risk Management
  • CEO, Five Stones Consulting

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

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  • (None listed.)

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • Soldiers and Families Embraced, Board Member
  • Reboot for Recovery, Board Member
  • Two Rivers Medical Foundation, Founder

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • Congregation Micah Synagogue, Board Member
  • NAACP, Member
  • AARP, Member

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Member

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • (None listed.)

Political Offices Held

  • Tennessee State Senator, 2012-2018

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Other Political Offices Sought

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Other Political Offices Sought

  • US Senate, 2008
  • US House, 10-14

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)