Candidate Profile
Ryan Lauer

Republican , Indiana


Ryan Lauer
State Rep., Dist. 59

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Selected Contributions


Mike Pence, Richard Mourdock, Todd Young







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

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.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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?

James Madison famously penned "If men were angels, no government would be necessary." Our Founders understood, and just as relevant then as today, that we must have strong check and balances within our government to have any hope of keeping government under control and for the People.

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?

Life should be protected, especially the most vulnerable in every circumstance.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God, that was crucified and died for our sins and in Him, anyone who believes is saved! I was born, baptized, and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and worship with my family at Grace Lutheran in Columbus. I enjoy any opportunity to share the Good News!

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 serving on the Bartholomew County Council, I led to cut the budget by millions and live within our means while at the same time through efficiencies and prioritization were able to increase services to our citizens including improved veterans services while lowering the tax rate. On day one of my term in office, we instituted an opening invocation prayer to begin every Council meeting which had not been done in recent memory previously.

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

Additional comment from candidate:

“I will be a strong voice for improving education, lower taxes, and conservative values; and I will serve the people earnestly, honestly and with integrity.” -- Ryan Lauer Please visit to get involved or help with the campaign! Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the issues, and I would appreciate your vote in the upcoming Republican primary on May 3rd.


  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, 2001
  • Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso, HS, 1995
Work & Military
  • Cummins, Senior Engineer, 2005-date
  • Grace Lutheran Church, Chairman
  • Sheriff's Merit Board of Bartholomew County, Member
  • Community Corrections Advisory Board, Member
  • "Save Eos" campaign, Co-founder
  • Uncommon Cause, Co-chair
  • M2 Minds on Math, Math Mentor at CSA Lincoln
  • Computer & Data Board of Bartholomew County, Member, President
  • Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Violinist
  • Bartholomew County Council, Held 2011-2014
  • President of the Bartholomew County Council, Held 2014
  • State Representative, District 59, Sought 2014

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