Candidate Profile
Dean Knudson

Republican , Wisconsin

Biography

Name
Dean Knudson
Party
Republican
Race
Repr. to the Assembly, Dist. 30
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Conservative Union (ACU), 2015:  100%, 100%
Right to Life WI, 2015-16:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business WI (NFIB-WI), 2016:  83%

95%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

League of Conservation Voters WI, 2015-16:  11%, 29%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations WI (AFL-CIO WI), 2015-16:  7%, 8%

18%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Wisconsin Right to Life

Reported by Candidate

1
(None listed.)

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Scott Walker, Sheila Harsdorf, State Republican Party Organizations, Ted Cruz
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
5
Associated Builders and Contractors, National Rifle Association, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Scott Walker, State Republican Party Organizations

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
International Union of Operating Engineers, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
International Union of Operating Engineers, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry

Summary

29%

LIBERAL

71%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

2014 NRA grade: A (https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/wisconsin)

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Agree

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

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?

The separation of powers and constitutional limited government is necessary to limit the human tendency to accumulate and exercise power over others. Without strict limits, the size and scope of government will relentlessly grow at the expense of the individual freedom and liberty.

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, Voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court

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

No, the right to life exists regardless of the circumstances of the conception.

21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in an all powerful God who through his love for us sent his Son to die so that we might have eternal life.


Background

Education
  • Iowa State University, Ames, IA, DVM, 1986
  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 1979
Work & Military
  • Veterinary Service Corp, VP, 25
  • St Croix Valley Professionals, President, 19
Affiliations
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, past Church Council member
  • Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club, past President
  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce, past President
  • Hudson SAFE, past co-chair
  • St Croix Valley Christians for Life, member
  • St Croix Business Park Corporation, director
  • St Croix County Republican Party, past chairman
  • 3rd District Republican Party, past finance chairman
Offices
  • Mayor, City of Hudson, Held 3
  • State Representative, Held 3
  • City Council, Sought 6
 

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