Candidate Profile
Steve Russell

Republican , Oklahoma

Biography

Name
Steve Russell
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2015-16:  100%, 100%
FRC Action, 2015:  100%
National Right to Life, 2015-16:  100%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  80%
FreedomWorks, 2016:  80%, 72%
Heritage Action, 2015-16:  67%, 67%
Club for Growth, 2015:  53%, 53%
Conservative Review (CR), 2015:  50%

80%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2015:  21%, 21%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2015:  18%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2015:  0%

13%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

11
Allen West Guardian Fund, Campaign for Working Families, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Combat Veterans For Congress, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Second Revolution, Madison Project Michigan PAC and 5 more

Reported by Candidate

1
Oklahoma Political Action Committee Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Assoc. America's PAC Combat Veterans for Congress Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Frank Guinta, Mike Coffman
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
50
Allen West Guardian Fund, American Principles, America's PAC (IA), Associated Builders and Contractors, Austin Scott, Barry Loudermilk and 44 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
American Association for Justice, Democrat, Republican, and Independent Voter Education, International Association of Firefighters

Summary

6%

LIBERAL

94%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

2014 NRA grade: A (https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/Oklahoma/) Oklahoma Key Votes from Project Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/106528/steve-russell#.U5rytDNOXce

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. 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 Agree

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 Framers and founders understood man is a fallen creature and that his own self-interests would always tend toward control and selfishness. They sought to use those tendencies in a framework that would 'check and balance' the other in three branches of government in a representative republic.

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

Defense of the Bill of Rights - It is the foundation of the limitations of government and is a good guide to measure by. The national deficit - We cannot continue to spend what we do not have. We must have a budget and an economic framework supported by less government and free enterprise. Foreign Policy - We are being played like a drum by our peer competitors and are being challenged by tyrants and terrorists due to weak leadership. America is a powerful nation with incredible resources than can do so much good if properly guided.

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

I can think of no circumstance. Three of my five children are adopted. For every unwanted child, there is someone that will love them and claim them as their own.

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, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Savior of sinful man, who has restored mankind to God the Father. To as many as believed, He gave them power to become sons of God. We are guided to God by the power of the Holy Spirit who also guides us in our journey on this earth. I believe the bible is the inerrant Word of God, the basis for truth. I believe that when we ask Christ to come into our lives, He will not only save us from separation from God but also gives us the strength to live goody lives according to the principles laid down in God's Word.


Background

Education
  • Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR, BA, 1985
  • Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, MA, 1998
Work & Military
  • US Army, Lt. Col., 1985-2006
  • Two Rivers Arms, President / Owner, 2010-2014
  • We Got Him! (Book), Author, 2011
  • Premiere Speakers Bureau, Speaker, 2007-2014
Affiliations
  • VFW, Member
  • American Legion, Member
  • NRA, Life Member
  • Navigators, Contributor
  • Christian Embassy, Contributor
  • World Vision, Contributor
  • 22nd Infantry Regiment Soc., Member
  • 26th Infantry Assoc., Life Member
Offices
  • State Senator, Held 2008-2012
 

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