Candidate Profile
Thomas Washburne

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Name
Thomas Washburne
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 64
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Conservative Union (ACU), 2015:  69%, 82%
Americans for Prosperity IN (AFP IN), 2013-14:  74%

78%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2015:  33%

33%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

1
Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
7
Associated Builders and Contractors, GOPAC, Hoosiers for Economic Growth, Hoosiers for Quality Education, Larry Bucshon, Mike Pence, State Republican Party Organizations

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
International Association of Firefighters

Summary

10%

LIBERAL

90%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Voted Yes for House Roll Call Vote 1337 pro-life 2016 which was the final concurrence vote in the Indiana House on a pro-life bill from this session that banned abortion because of race, gender or disability and also mandated that abortion clinics must dispose of aborted babies through a relationship with a funeral home via either burial or cremation. Currently they are allowed to treat aborted baby bodies as "medical waste".

Questionnaire

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.

Neutral

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.

Neutral

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Disagree

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.

Neutral

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.

No Answer

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

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.

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.

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?

Mankind's nature is "fallen" from what it was meant to be; we are corrupt which results in sin which leads to abuse of power. and the necessity to limit and separate powers in government.

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.

I do not understand this question as to what is meant by "authority". Is it where it comes from or how it controls us?. Regardless, God is above all and the Constitution is the People's compact with their government.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I do not recognize exceptions (note, attempts to save the life of the mother which unintentionally result in harm to the baby are permissible as this does not constitute abortion).

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. I believe that since the original fall of humankind, humans are born estranged from God due to sin. I believe that God repeatedly promised redemption for sin in the Old Testament of the Bible. I believe these promises were fulfilled in the life and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as the substitute for human (and my) sin as set forth in the New Testament of the Bible. I therefore endeavor to live a life pleasing to God according to the commands 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.

I am a consistent defender of liberty and free markets and have voted both in favor and against bills based on these principles on hundreds of occasions.. I have sponsored pro-life legislation in the past and voted on numerous bills regarding the sanctity of life. I have voted in favor of traditional marriage.

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

Tom@TomWashburne.com

Additional comment from candidate:

No Answer


Background

Education
  • Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, JD, 1990
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, BS Engineering, 1986
Work & Military
  • Old National Bancorp, Corporate Counsel, 2007-present
  • Mackinaw Center for Public Policy, Director of Labor Policy, 2005-2007
  • US House of Representatives, Counsel/Chief of Staff, 1995-2001, 2004-2005
  • Home School Legal Defense Association, Director of National Center for Home Education, 2001-2004
Affiliations
  • Salem Church of Darmstadt, Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop Committee
  • Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Board Member
  • Civil Air Patrol, Senior Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Section Treasurer
  • Gideons International, Member
Offices
  • Indiana State Representative, Held 2012-present
 

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