Candidate Profile
Claudia Tenney

Republican , New York


Claudia Tenney
U.S. Rep., Dist. 22

Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations





Conservative Victory Committee, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms PAC, Susan B. Anthony List

Reported by Candidate

New York State Conservative Party Susan B. Anthony List New York State Right to Life Gun Owners of America SCOPE New York Revolution

Selected Contributions


Donald Trump
Brett Guthrie, Citizens United, Excelsior PAC, Family Research Council, Foxx PAC, GOPAC and 7 more







Other Information

NRA Grade: A New York Key Votes from Project Vote Smart:


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

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

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were adopted by the Founders to guard against tyranny and the takeover of individual rights and freedom, especially religious freedom by an overly powerful centralized government.

16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.

As a small business owner, I am most concerned about the expansion of a bloated government bureaucracy, especially in the executive branch, which has caused a suffocation of individual rights and freedom and a tremendous burden on the taxpayers. National health and education programs such as Obamacare and Common Core are perfect examples of these digressions. The primary purposes of the federal government is to provide for national defense and border security. The federal government has expanded beyond what was intended by the founders in order to protect and preserve an effective Constitutional Republic.

17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

I am pro-life and believe that life begins at conception.

18. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Voters (We the people), Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court, Media (fourth estate).

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Presbyterian and believe in Conservative Republican principles.


  • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, BA, 1983
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, JD, 1987
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital, Board Member
  • St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing, Board Member
  • Sitrin Nursing Home, Board Member
  • Luthern Homes Foundation, Board Member
  • Auxiliary, American Legion Post 1376, Member
  • Mohawk Valley Community College, Board Member
  • Oneida County Bar Association, Secretary
  • Center for Freedom and Western Civilization, Advisory Board Member, Colgate University
  • NYS Assembly, Held 6
  • US House, NY 22, Sought 2014

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