Candidate Profile
Leonard D. "Lenny" Ladner

Independent , Tennessee


Leonard D. "Lenny" Ladner
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7

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Libertarian Party of Tennessee


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.


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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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 tyranny of kings. Add to that the fact that man is imperfect. Government is like fire and needs to be controlled.

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

The growth of government. Gun Control. The United Nations. I will vote no on any proposition which would increase the size, cost, extend the reach or power of government. The Second Amendment was written so that a citizen could protect himself from the government. All money for the United Nations and all its activities must be cut off if these United States is to survive.

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

Roe vs Wade is a perfect example of the misuse of the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. It needs to be reheard and thrown back to the states where the Tenth Amendment can be applied to this problem.

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.

G-D Voters Congress Supreme Court. All others do not apply.

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My relationship with G-D is my business and none of yours. My values are simple. We have too much government and it needs to be cut back in the reverse fashion that it was expanded. If elected to the US House of Representatives I will vote no on any bill which would increase the size, cost, extend the reach and power of government no matter how cleverly it is disguised.


  • Henley School, Jamaica Estates, NY, Regents, 1972
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rocheste, NY, BS, 1976
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Member
  • US Senate, Sought 2008
  • US House, Sought 10-14

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