Candidate Profile
Ray Strauss

Republican , Arizona

Biography

Name
Ray Strauss
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

6
Steve Moss, Chairman Mohave County Supervisors, Russ Clark, Chairman Yuma County Supervisors, Hildy Anguis, Mohave County Supervisor, Eric Orsborn, Buckeye City Council, Michelle Hess, Buckeye Vice Mayor, Dr. Howard Carlson, Superintendent Wickenburg

Questionnaire

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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, Supreme Court, Congress, Industry

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

None. Life is life. If being pregnant threatens the mothers life, then deliver the baby.

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

Desire for Power. Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

As a Christian, I believe the Bible to be the Word of God. It is the primary source of authority for my morals and the main filter through which my policy decisions are informed.

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.

As a City Councilman to one of America's fastest growing cities, I have consistently voted very conservatively. I fought to keep taxes low and allow the free market to work. As a result, Buckeye, AZ's economy grew by over 70% during my six years in government leadership there. I have also supported a strong military (Luke AFB & National League of Cities Military Committee) knowing that a strong U.S. Military makes for a more peaceful world. www.buckeyeaz.gov

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

ray@raystrauss4congress.com (405) 859-4621

Additional comment from candidate:

My father lost his country to a ruthless dictator. When he became an American citizen legally, he grew up understanding the precious liberty we enjoy as Americans. As a result of his long career in the USAF, I was born in Pearl Harbor. These unique circumstances serve as reminders that our liberty is not only a great privilege, but a great responsibility. One I encourage all my fellow Americans to remember to exercise with their votes and with their lives. God Bless you and God bless America.


Background

Education
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Edu, Cambridge, 2015
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, 1997
  • Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, 1996
Work & Military
  • The Church at Sun Valley, Sr. Pastor, 9
  • FBC Edmond, OK, Associate Pastor, 2
  • Dallas Baptist Church, Sr. Pastor, 2
  • Quail Springs Baptist Church, Student Minister, 6
Affiliations
  • AZ Townhall on Transportation 2015
  • Homeless Veterans Association
  • All Faith Community Services
  • Homeless Youth Connection
Offices
  • City Councilman, Buckeye, AZ, Held 6
  • National League of Cities Military Committee, Held 3
 

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