Candidate Profile
Matt Rinaldi

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Matt Rinaldi
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 115
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Empower Texans, 2015:  100%
Right to Life TX, 2015:  100%
Eagle Forum TX, 2015:  98%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2015:  98%
Texas Values Action, 2015:  96%

98%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

6
Cathie Adams, David Barton, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Values Action, Young Conservatives of Texas

Reported by Candidate

6
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Young Conservatives of Texas, Texas Right to Life, Cathie Adams, National Rifle Association, Texas Values

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
Bryan Hughes, Fred D. Thompson PAC, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, National Right to Life Committee, Republican Women's Organizations, Rodney Anderson
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
18
Accountability First, American Majority Action, Associated Builders and Contractors, Cathie Adams, David Simpson, Eagle Forum and 12 more

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly 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.

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?

The inherently sinful nature of mankind caused the Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers. As James Madison states in the Federalist Papers (No. 51), "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition."

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?

Only to save the life of the mother.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior and I strive to live my life by the Word of God in all my actions and deeds.

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.

My legislative record has proven I am a strong advocate for limited government, pro-liberty and free market policies, secure borders, competition in education, Second Amendment rights, and the protection of life. A 2015 Rice University study of over 1,000 record votes ranked me as the #1 most conservative legislator in the 150-member Texas House. I was also the highest-ranked legislator in 2015 by several statewide conservative groups, including Texas Eagle Forum and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. I was named a "Faith and Family Champion" by Texas Values. For my work in defending life, I received the "Pro-Life Freshman of the 84th Session" award by Texas Right to Life.

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

matt@mattrinaldi.com

Additional comment from candidate:

I promised I would fight for conservative principles and that’s exactly what I did. I was ranked the most conservative legislator in the Texas House and fought to shrink government, fight illegal immigration and protect individual liberty. I want to continue to be District 115's principled voice in Austin.


Background

Education
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., 2001
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, B.B.A., Economics, 1997
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • St. Ann Catholic Parish, Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Member
  • Rotary Club of Dallas, Chairman, Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee
  • Greater Irving Republican Club, VP - Programs
  • Federalist Society, Member
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • Texas State Rifle Association, Member
  • Northwest Dallas Tea Party Coalition, Founder and Co-Coordinator
Offices
  • State Rep., Dist. 115, Held 2015-2016
  • State Representative, District 115, Sought 2012
  • District Judge, 191st District Court, Sought 2010
 

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