Candidate Profile
John Kessler

Republican, Indiana


John Kessler
State Senator, Dist. 16

Panel Rating



Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.


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

Strongly Disagree

Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.


People should be able to vote without photo identification.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

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

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

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.


Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


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

Strongly Agree

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

Free-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

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.


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


Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Strongly Disagree

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.


The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

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


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

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

As humans we are fallen creatures. Because of sin people can be corrupted. Lord Acton said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. James Madison said that if men were angels no government would be necessary. Because we are not angels, and because power has a corrupting influence our Founder's put the Constitution together with clear separation of powers and checks and balances.

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, Academia, Industry, Media, Professional Sports

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a committed follower of Jesus Christ.

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.

While I have not held any elected office before you may refer to my published articles with the Indiana Policy Review and media interviews I have done as an economics professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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

Additional comment from candidate:

For question #2 - I would like to find more information about the difference this would make on local judges vs federal judges. The Founder's gave lifetime appointments so that the judges could be insulated from political pressure. For question #12 - I read the question to be discussing a direct democracy vs a representative democracy. I'm assuming that in your question a "pure" democracy is meant to be a direct democracy, in which case that is not what the Founder's created in the Constitution. They were fearful of the tyranny of the majority where 51% of the people could vote to enslave the other 49%.



  • Arizona State University, Glendale, AZ, B.A., 2000
  • Arizona State University, Glendale, AZ, Education Certificate, 2001
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE, M.A., 2005

Work & Military

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Economics Lecturer/Director of Center for Econ Ed, 10
  • Certell, Inc, Chief Academic Officer, 1
  • Millennium High School, Social Studies Teacher, 5
  • United States Marine Corps, Corporal, 3


  • The Pointe Church, Board member, small group leader, worship team
  • Disabled American Veterans, Member
  • Indiana Policy Review, Adjunct Scholar
  • Foundation for Teaching Economics, Mentor teacher
  • Association of Private Enterprise Educators, Member
  • Truth for Life, Contributor
  • Grace to You, Contributor
  • Acton Institute, Contributor


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