Candidate Profile
Don Elijah Eckhart

Republican , Ohio


Don Elijah Eckhart
U.S. Senator

Panel Rating




Citizens for Community Values, Ohio Pro-Life Action


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.


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.

No Answer

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.


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.

No Answer

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 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.


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, Congress, Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should be allowed only when the mother's life is medically known to be in danger. This position is consistent with Christian principles. Further, as I understand it, with modern medical practices, the risk of death or serious medical harm to the mother is rare and there could even be no risk. Every medical measure must be used to deliver the baby while protecting the health of the mother. On this topic, I want to add that the fathers of babies born out-of-wedlock or as a result of rape and incest must be held responsible (financially or otherwise) to the fullest extent of the law. Where laws are weak with regard to irresponsible fathers, the laws must be strengthened. I believe that making fathers responsible for their own children will help to reduce unwanted pregnancies and at the same time alleviate the need for public funds to support these innocent children.

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

The nature of mankind, those who do not fully obey Christ, is sin. Humans are prone to self-centered actions, including the quest for power and control. The U.S. Constitution specifies the authority of government and guarantees certain rights to citizens. The three branches of government are intended to serve as checks and balances on each other. In recent years, Congress has been ineffective, while the President and the Supreme Court have exceeded their bounds. Proper balance must be restored.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I am a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, and I have a personal relationship with God. I believe and try to live out Jesus' commandments, as guided by the Holy Spirit. Through God's Word and prayer, I carry out each calling from God while maintaining my human relationships. I have had the blessing of studying God's Word more in depth at Ashland Theological Seminary, where I received a Master's degree in Christian Theology in 2013. I am continuing my studies there in the Doctor of Ministry program. I believe that I am equipped to help others in Congress and our country as a whole to restore US as a nation under God.

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 Christian first and foremost. For me, being a dedicated Christian, a good citizen, and a conservative are all in alignment; however, conservative means different things to different people. We Christians must follow the teachings of Jesus. Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), which challenges us to look beyond ourselves to the needs of people wherever we have the ability to help. As an example, I have given to Samaritan’s Purse (Franklin Graham) for refugee relief for displaced families in the Middle East or elsewhere in the world. I am 100% pro-life. In 2008, I ran as an independent candidate against a pro-choice Republican candidate for U.S. Representative. I received the endorsements of Ohio Right to Life and Family First. Thus, people who are pro-life had the opportunity to vote for a pro-life candidate. For 2016, I am running in the Republican primary against Rob Portman, who switched his position to support same-sex marriage.

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

Additional comment from candidate:

I try to follow Jesus Christ in my public positions and private deeds. Thus, I will not allow my Biblical convictions to take a back seat to so-called conservatives who are on shallow ground theologically. I believe strongly that the U.S. must become independent of Middle Eastern oil. We must do whatever it takes. Questions 4, 8, 9, and 15 must be seen in this light. America should protect Israel and other people who are victims of aggression (e.g., persecuted Christians and others trapped in the midst of violence). Question 4 is incongruous and cannot be answered. Question 12 is vague, so I am answering it here. I believe in the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I support concealed-carry and laws that ensure self defense. Properly trained law enforcement should protect the public from those who are bent on doing harm. Question 13: I believe that the Constitution is in place to serve God’s purposes, and we will see that clearly after a revival.


  • Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, M.A. Christian Theology, 2013
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, M.P.A. - Public Administration, 1974
  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, B.A. - Economics-Political Science, 1972
Work & Military
  • Ohio Certified Public Manager Program, Instructor of Budgeting, Policy, and Ethics, 3
  • Ohio Legislative Service Commission, Budget Office, Division Chief & Budget Analyst, 18
  • Montgomery County, Ohio, Budget Manager, 4
  • City of Dayton, Ohio, Mgr of Policy & Financial Analysis, Budget Analyst, 4
  • Gideons International, Columbus SW Camp, Member, coordinator Bible distr at ColStComCollege
  • Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Contributor, home group, hospital visitation team
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Charitable gift annuity donor
  • Billy Graham Training Center, Asheville, NC, My wife and I have been to 14 seminars there
  • Samaritan's Purse, My wife and I are regular donors
  • Africa Inland Mission, We are helping sponsor a missionary family
  • American Society for Public Administration, Ethics & Budget sections; was president 2 chapters
  • The Tax Foundation, nonpartisan research organiz., Contributor; recipient of nonpartisan studies
  • U.S. Representative, 15th District, Sought 2008
  • State Senator, 16th District, Sought 2004

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