U.S. Rep., Dist. 1
11-06-18 General Election
 

Matt Gaetz (R)

 

Jennifer Zimmerman (D)

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Matt Gaetz (R)
Jennifer Zimmerman (D)

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  Endorsements
7 Conserv.    0 Liberal    0 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • President Donald Trump
  • National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • National Right to Life
  • Florida Right to Life
  • Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • Governor Mike Huckabee
0 Conserv.    0 Liberal    0 Other

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  • (None)
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  Stands on Issues

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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.

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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.

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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.

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

I support sanctuary cities.

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

I support the death penalty.

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Gaetz:   Strongly Disagree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Strongly Agree
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Gaetz:   2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Gaetz:   Under no circumstances should an abortion be allowed. In extremely rare cases when the mother's life is in danger, medical decisions made in relation to the unborn child must be made with the intention to preserve the mother's life. I am 100% pro-life and have always been a voice for those without one. I successfully sponsored legislation to ban taxpayer-funded abortions under Obamacare, and prohibited state money from going to abortion centers. I also fought to require ultrasounds and 24-hour waiting periods before abortions can be performed. In Congress, I'm working to defund Planned Parenthood and hold them accountable for the atrocious acts they commit.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Radical Islamic terrorism is an imminent threat to our nation and the world at large. Our fight against radical Islamic terrorism starts with a willingness to identify the Muslim threat to the US, as I did by cosponsoring the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017. Our mission should be to strategically crush terrorist cells with overwhelming military strength by seizing their financial assets, delegitimizing their ideology, and destroying their forces.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Our founders observed how absolute rule in the hands of a king violated the universal set of principles guaranteed to man in the Declaration of Independence. I believe government is the best reflection of human nature. By understanding man is innately corrupted by absolute power, the Founders instituted a system where power is separated, diversified, and limited. Lawmakers and leaders are motivated to govern well by knowing the source of their power, the people, are observing them.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Gaetz:   My fight for conservatism in the Congress stems from a firm belief that all law is based on morality. That morality is not man-made; it is based on revealed law given to us by Almighty God. Men do not make laws, they discover them in natural law and revealed law. God raises up "powers that be" (Romans 13) to be in authority over man and codify law to govern a nation. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the source of my motivation as a lawmaker, and I will continue to fight for limited government that inevitably encroaches on our religious liberty.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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?

Gaetz:   Very Conservative
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   https://gaetz.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-matt-gaetz-earns-award-conservative-voting-record https://www.frcaction.org/pressrelease/rep-matt-gaetz-scores-100-percent-on-frc-actions-new-scorecard
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Free enterprise and competition is the best driver of affordable, adequate, and accessible health care, not government. I have supported and voted for a full repeal of Obamacare in Congress to allow insurance companies to compete with each other for quality health care at competitive prices.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Gaetz:   The best way to grow our economy is to get government out of the way and let the free market thrive. Congress could learn a thing or two from Florida’s economic recovery, where I voted to repeal over 4,000 burdensome regulations and cut taxes over 50 times, totaling over $1 billion in savings for Floridians. That commitment has made Florida a leader in job growth, with unemployment at its lowest rate in 8 years. In Congress, I supported our President Trump’s “America First” policy to bring jobs and revenue back from overseas.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Gaetz:   Long known as the “Tax Killer,” I helped President Trump pass the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration. We’re seeing more money in our paychecks. I successfully sponsored legislation stopping thousands of burdensome regulations at the state level and am now building on that success in Washington. In my first term in the U.S. Congress, I filed legislation to completely eliminate the EPA.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Gaetz:   I believe the best way to bring down unemployment is economic growth. A large part of this growth is achieved by cutting taxes across the board, as President Trump did by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. By allowing employers to keep more of their hard-earned money, they in turn are able to hire more employees and grow their businesses. Along with these tax cuts must come the elimination of regulatory burdens created by big government. I'm proud to have voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act stimulating our economy, and I will continue to fight for less government and lower taxes for all Americans.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Gaetz:   I understand social security and medicare must be protected. I oppose any changes in benefits for anyone that is retiring or approaching retirement.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   Before my election to Congress, I represented portions of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa county in the Florida legislature. During my time there, I chaired the Finance & Tax Committee, where I worked to pass $1 billion in tax cuts and eliminated or replaced over 4,000 burdensome government regulations. I'm proud to have also chaired the criminal justice committee, where I worked to pass some of the toughest laws in American against violent sexual predators. In Congress, I obtained over $70 million in additional funding for Northwest Florida's military mission in my first term, voted for the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act allowing bad VA employees to be fired, and helped pass the largest tax cuts and reforms in US history. I've been dubbed "Trump's Best Buddy" and Trump's "Ultimate Defender" in Congress and I'm proud to fight each day for Northwest Florida Values.
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:   matt@mattgaetz.com
Zimmerman:   (Did not answer)

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

Gaetz:  
Zimmerman:  
  Background
Matt Gaetz (R)
Jennifer Zimmerman (D)

Education

  • William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, JD, 2007
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, BS, 2003

Education

  • (None listed.)

Vocational & Military Experience

  • Keefe, Anchors & Gordon, Attorney, 9

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

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

  • First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Parishioner
  • NRA, Lifetime Member
  • Destin Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Navarre Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, Member

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

  • (None listed.)

Political Offices Held

  • United States House of Representatives, 2
  • Florida House of Representatives, 6

Political Offices Held

  • (None listed.)

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)