Candidate Profile
Don Raihala

Republican , Wisconsin


Don Raihala
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7

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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.


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.

Strongly 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.


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.


Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


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?

In a perfect world - NONE, with limited exceptions to the survivability of the mother. We are however in an imperfect world and we are imperfect people that make grave mistakes at times. Probably the biggest mistake was the court's decision in Roe v. Wade that we in our Constitutional form of government are compelled to follow. My stance as a Congressman is to do everything possible to remove the financial burden that has been placed on all taxpayers to fund abortion and abortion related services. Each and every vote. There are no exceptions in my vote that will continue the funding of institutions as Planned Parenthood or subsidized healthcare that provides for abortion.

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

Their belief that God was guiding them their task.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I'm a practicing and dedicated Catholic and try my hardest to follow my Christian upbringing and beliefs on a daily basis. I'd like to think that my issues as a candidate were inspired by my Christian beliefs and although it's tough to satisfy everyone on every issue I believe that I've found common ground on most.

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 don't have a track record, but by viewing my website and reading my issues at one should come to the obvious conclusion that I'm fairly Conservative.

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

Additional comment from candidate:

I believe there is common ground in nearly every issue that separates this nation and I will always seek it even if it's just the smallest item. People need to be engaged and party politics, especially those in the majority, crushes the spirit of participation and only leads to in-fighting and bitterness. Our country needs to pull together if we are to survive these dire times and I feel that I can properly and truly represent those voices in the WI 7th Congressional district.


  • UW-Superior, Superior, BA, 1990
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  • Congress, Sought 2014
  • Congress, Sought 2010

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