Candidate Profile
Terry Hampton

Independent , Missouri


Terry Hampton
U.S. Rep., Dist. 8

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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.

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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.

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

I am using this space to say that my "no answer" responses are an indication that I believe there are elements of the questions which either should not be combined or which would require additional information to truly present my views. To be honest, I'm certain if I were to present my views, in many cases, they would not align with the answers which will give me high marks with your organization. I do not want to mislead or misrepresent, but I also don't want to give incomplete answers.

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

My number one concern is campaign finance reform. Greed, hate-filled speech, fear and strife are running rampant. These are not values which align with the teachings of Jesus. Until this issue is addressed and citizen representatives, who are not professional, career politicians, have an equal chance to be a part of the political process, nothing else will change. This is one reason why I did not answer the questions above. I believe the perfect is the enemy of the good. The two-party system has failed us, both parties have sold out to the highest bidders. I believe genetically modified food must be labeled/our food supply must be kept safe. We must be free to grow food without interference from corporations. I believe federal agencies must be brought under control and freedoms restored. Our government should not spy on its own citizens. The PATRIOT Act should be repealed. Again, these issues cannot be addressed until Big Money is out of the political process.

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

Abortion is a political football used to distract from what is going on in Washington. Politicians aren't going to do anything about it other than declare they are pro-life which enables them to seek funding. That's what pro-life means to them: money just like everything else. Then they pander to good people who truly do care about children. I'm in favor of solutions, not politicians telling us what we want to hear. I am pro-life which means caring for people at all stages. Roe v. Wade is not going away. That's not my political stance; that's reality. Abortion is in the hands of the courts/the states, not Congress. We need practical, compassionate ways to prevent the reasons for abortions. We need strong churches, families and communities. Those solutions don't come from top-down government; they happen at the local level, all of us working together to make our communities better, to make the love of God and others our chief concern and to instill those values in our children.

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.

I believe we are not asking the right questions in this country. We rely on top-down answers when we should be working on local solutions. We the people make this country great, not congress, not the president. Working together we are the solution.

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am grateful that God alone is my judge. I believe that the New Testament teachings of Jesus are the ultimate authority in my life and often His teachings are not valued above the teachings of the Old Testament or above the Constitution in many churches in the U.S. today. Churches have allowed the government to assume the role of "our brother's keeper" and we must return to our calling to minister to the poor and downtrodden. My spiritual beliefs are best defined in a novel I wrote several years ago called "The Least of These." In it, the government has gone bankrupt, all social programs go away and the Church rises up to take responsibility in biblical ways.


  • Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU), West Plains, MO, none
  • West Plains High School, West Plains, MO, graduate, 1979
Work & Military
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  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), volunteer advocate for children
  • West Plains Chamber of Commerce, board member and other volunteer capacities
  • Nonprofit Alliance (through Chamber), founding president
  • Samaritan Outreach Center (shelter for homeless), advisory capacity
  • Bridges (organization to help students is need), advisory board member
  • University of Mo. Extension Council, former board member
  • Missouri Community Betterment-West Plains, former volunteer coordinator
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