Candidate Profile
Steven Gillespie

Republican , Wisconsin

Biography

Name
Steven Gillespie
Party
Republican
Race
Repr. to the Assembly, Dist. 55
Incumbent
No
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Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Wisconsin Family Action PAC

Reported by Candidate

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Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Jim Steineke, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations

Summary

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Questionnaire

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. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

No Answer

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

Strongly Agree

12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Strongly Agree

14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.

Strongly Agree

16. 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

17. Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

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

I believe it is true that "Absolute power corrupts absolutely". The separation of powers limits the natural progression of unchecked power that leads to tyranny. Even the absolute power of a majority of citizens in a "Pure Democracy" was rejected by our Founders for the more temperate system of a "Republic".

19. 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 grants our inalienable rights. The Constitution is the law of our land. Congress makes law and the Supreme Court confirms those laws are consistent with the Constitution. When they disagree Congress can propose Constitutional Amendments.

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

Only for surgery required to save the life of a mother where aborting an innocent child is not the objective of the surgery. Rape and incest are tragic abuses that call for an exceptionally compassionate response. But an innocent child conceived by that abuse should not be condemned to death. We must protect the weak as well as the strong or someday none of our rights will be safe from abuse.

21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe the amazing design of life and our planet is inexplicable without acknowledging "intelligent design" by a personal Creator. Jesus Christ demonstrated through his life, miracles, fulfilled prophecy and the impact of his life through history that he was miraculously God who became a man. As a man, he was able to sacrifice himself to redeem us and our planet from sin. My belief that I need redemption inspires me to remain humble, and that humility includes my tolerance and deep respect for those who don't share my religious views. My belief that God redeemed me inspires me to live with gratitude and to serve others. My belief in inalienable rights inspires me to defend individual liberty and to oppose intrusive over-reach by big government.


Background

Education
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Associate Degree Liberal Studies, 1979
Work & Military
  • Rawhide Boys Ranch, Houseparent, Vehicle Donation Director, 10
  • National Federation of Independent Business, State Membership Director, 14
  • Keller Williams Realty, Realtor, Certified Distressed Property Expert, 4
Affiliations
  • Moral Majority, Waupaca County, WI Director
  • Faith Baptist Church, Board of Elders
  • Oakland Christian School, Development Director
  • Fox Valley Initiative, Secretary
  • Republican Party of Celebration, FL, Vice-president
  • Outagamie County Republican Party, Member
  • Winnebago County Republican Party, Member
Offices
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