Candidate Profile
Jack Boccarossa

Republican , Illinois


Jack Boccarossa
U.S. Rep., Dist. 17

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal


Other Information

Illinois Family Institute Voter Guide:


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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.


Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.


People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

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, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only for the life of the mother. But we should have a consenting (confirming) opinion also.

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

Freedom. Before the United States of America, people were serfs, slaves to the government. The unalienable rights to life, liberty and the persecute of happiness were seen as uncompromising. The government should be by the people for the people and of the people. Government (federal) only has rights specially given to them, the balance of rights are peoples' and state's.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a 60 year member of Trinity Anglican Church in Rock Island, IL. I have a strong believe in the sacraments and prayer. The Nicene Creed is a summary of my believes.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

This is my first run for elected office.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

Additional comment from candidate:

I will be a staunch defender, protector and preservationist of the Rock Island Arsenal Complex. Making sure the 2017 BRAC does not harm them. I will work with Senators Ernst and Grassley of Iowa to accomplish this. I have two grandsons, and they are what made me decide to run for office. I don't want to see them live in an American that is not free. They also give me the drive to run for office after holding my 4 month old and watching media coverage of Planned Parenthood: killing, dissecting, and mutilating babies. When congress couldn't defund Planned Parenthood that was the last straw. Someone needs to go to Washington,D.C. and keep their common sense, follow the Lord, keep their morality and bring American back to its roots. I will go to D.C. and defund Planned Parenthood, defend our gun rights, reduce regulation on small business and protect the Rock Island Arsenal Campus.


  • FIT, Melbourne, MS, 1978
  • IIT, Chicago, BS, 1968
  • Rock Island HS, Rock Island, 1964
Work & Military
  • US Army Reserves, SFC E-7, 7
  • Trinity Anglican Church, Senior Warden and Junior Warden
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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