Candidate Profile
Pete Sessions

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Pete Sessions
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist.32
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Moderate Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Family Association (AFA), 2013:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2013-14:  100%
FRC Action, 2016:  100%
National Right to Life, 2015-16:  100%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2014:  84%, 95%
Center for Security Policy, 2013-14:  93%
FreedomWorks, 2015:  90%
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2015-16:  100%, 86%
Club for Growth, 2014:  76%, 84%
Heritage Action, 2015-16:  77%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  67%
Conservative Review (CR), 2015:  61%

88%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2014:  0%, 6%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2013:  0%, 1%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  0%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2014:  0%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2014:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2013-14:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2015:  0%

6%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Americans for Legal Immigration--Withdrawn

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
110
Adrian Smith, Andrew 'Andy' Tobin, Barbara Comstock, Boehner for Speaker, Bradley Byrne, Brian Bilbray and 104 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
39
21st Century Majority Fund, American Principles, Associated Builders and Contractors, Citizens Against Government Waste, Club for Growth, Common Values PAC and 33 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
6
Airline Pilots Association, International Association of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Sheet Metal Workers International Association

Summary

4%

LIBERAL

96%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll705.xml

Questionnaire

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Disagree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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.

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.

Disagree

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

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

As the proud father of a Down syndrome young man, I understand that God makes each and every person in his likeness and we are all perfect in his eyes. My son is perfect and I thank God each and every day for his beautiful life. I believe that it is that all life is precious and we need to fiercely preserve and protect the sanctity of this gift.

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

America's Founding Fathers recognized that passion and self-interest are permanent parts of human nature.That's why they designed a system of governance that would harness these inherent human qualities and pit them against one another through our system of checks and balances. The Founders also feared majority factions that would abuse individual rights, which is why they added to the Constitution a Bill of Rights that would secure individual rights against majorities.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

From a young age my parents taught me that the three most important things in life - God, Family, and County. Both of my grandfathers were members of the clergy so throughout my life they have inspired me with their unwavering devotion to God and their strong convictions in their faith. I was baptized in the Methodist Church and have chosen to belong and instill the values of my faith to my children. Throughout my life I have had successes and losses, moments of joy and moments of despair, however through every situation no matter how good or bad, my reliance on my faith has guided me and provided me with the fortitude and the strength necessary to pull through.

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.

As a staunch conservative I believe in a limited government and returning power back to individuals. One of the biggest threats facing our nation, is a big, unchecked federal government. That is why I have continuously fought to reduce the size of our bloated government, cut our deficit, reduce spending levels, and lower taxes to unleash the power of the free enterprise system. Here are some examples of my conservative voting record: - Voted to successfully cut annual deficits from $1.523 trillion in FY2009 to $486 billion in FY2016. - Introduced legislation, the Protecting American Lives Act, to defund sanctuary cities, stop violent crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens, and protect our rule of law. - Voted against raising the debt limit. - Voted more than 60 times to dismantle ObamaCare. - Voted to defund Planned Parenthood. - Stopped the Administration's attack on the 2nd Amendment through their proposed plan to ban certain ammunition.

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

petesessions12@gmail.com,214.373.8585

Additional comment from candidate:

No answer


Background

Education
  • Southwestern, Georgetown, Political Science, 1978
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • National Center for Policy Analysis, Vice-President
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, Chairman
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout and Scout Master
  • Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
  • White Rock Council of the Boy Scout of America, District Chairman
  • East Dallas YMCA, Board Member
Offices
  • United States Congressman, Held 18
 

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