Candidate Profile
Matt Connolly

Republican , Pennsylvania


Matt Connolly
U.S. Rep., Dist. 17

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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.


The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.


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.


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.


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.

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

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly 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.


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, Supreme Court, Congress, Voters

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

The child is always innocent, regardless of the sins of the father or the irresponsibility of the mother. The case of the life of the mother has been brought up, but I don't see that as a real possibility with modern medicine, but more of a leverage point to justify keeping abortion on the books.

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

Man will always pursue his best interests. Often, power is pursued as a means to those ends. By creating a system of checks and balances, the founders brilliantly created a system to prevent tyranny by one person. Furthermore, the 10th amendment (when followed, unlike today) allows the states to develop their own laws based on the culture there, provided they don't conflict with the constitution.This effectively de-centralizes power while allowing the states to compete for citizens and industry

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in a benevolent and loving God who matches our faith and morality in word and deed. He also allows our free will and temptation to lead us astray, but never abandons us. He is a resource for all who choose to seek Him and has a plan for our lives if we choose to embrace it. That plan involves a constant journey of trials and successes, often without us knowing which is which. The key is faith, and with that faith all things are possible.

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.

The US Constitution is a remarkable document - the confluence of human experience, thoughtfulness, faith and courage brought this nation from a colony to a world superpower in less than 100 years. The founding principles, which are the basis of Capitalism, raised the living standards, life expectancy, and happiness of the citizenry. Gov't intrusion was minimal - the Constitution laid it out clearly. Class mobility was seamless; the poor could get rich if they were industrious, the rich could become poor if they were irresponsible. The gov't did not and more importantly could not pick winners and losers. There were no lobbyists, since the law wasn't able to be bent to help one business over another. That is the basis of my conservatism. The gov't is there to keep us safe and protect our God given rights. Not to redistribute money or guide human behavior. Gov'ts role has become blurred by politicians using policy to buy votes and sell influence.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 610-694-8095

Additional comment from candidate:

I am very proud to be an American. Blessed is probably a better word. My campaign slogan is "Renew the American Dream". As a former professional race car driver and team owner, I have truly lived the dream. I have also seen the negative impact an intrusive government can have on society. The founding fathers would be appalled at the level of involvement it has in our daily lives. People need to be accountable for their actions and to each other. As a nation, we need to reduce taxes and regulations, repeal Obamacare, rebuild our military and national defense, respect our veterans by providing proper care, and restore prosperity to all who are willing to work for it. Pro-Life Pro-2nd Amendment Pro-Family


  • Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 1991
  • University of MD, College Park MD, 1985
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U, Daytona FL, 1983
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Miracle League, Coach
  • American Autism Association, volunteer / contributor /fundraiser
  • Juvenile Diabetes Association, contributor / fundraiser
  • PA Youth Theater, volunteer
  • East Hills Middle School, volunteer
  • Freedom High School, volunteer
  • YMCA, Coach
  • Bethlehem Twp. Athletic Asso, Coach
  • County Committee, Held 2014-16
  • PA State Senate, Sought 2010
  • Northampton County Council, Sought 2011

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