Candidate Profile
Jeffrey A. Leef

Republican , Illinois


Jeffrey A. Leef
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon


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.


The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.


I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Disagree

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 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 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.

Strongly Disagree

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.


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.


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.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?


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

Our founding fathers brilliantly constructed a government with 3 branches ( Executive, Legislative and Judicial ) , to specifically safe guard our individual freedoms, and to ensure a Democracy that would become emblematic of hope for citizens of America and the world.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was not raised with a religion. My father is Jewish and mother is Ukrainian Orthodox. I do believe in God. My children have been raised Catholic, attending St. Luke School and Fenwick High School. I have a strong moral compass which was established in my home, by my loving parents.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Somewhat Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

As a supporter of smaller government and individual freedoms, I feel that the government plays no part in judging whom one should or could marry. Similarly, the government should not dictate to a business owner who they can or cannot provide services to. The free market will address the success or failure of said business. Further, the government should not have the ability to dictate to a U.S. citizen what they should financially support if it is against their religious beliefs. For example, forcing a person to financially support birth control, abortion, Planned Parenthood, etc. is a blatant abridgment of religious and personal freedoms.

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

Additional comment from candidate:

First and foremost, I feel that I am a candidate that the country is in desperate need of; a person of morals, honest and with no ulterior motives. I seek to be a good role model for my children and yours. I want to do away with the labels of " conservative"and "liberals" because once applied to a candidate, half the country stops listening. We must instead start to function in government the way most people live their everyday lives. I am most passionate about homeland security, the economy and education. These are the three areas which so greatly affect what is near and dear to Americans hearts - our children. With this we can all agree. Lastly, I leave you with the phrase that is embedded within all of my beliefs - Freedom of Choice. Something so precious cannot be destroyed and I vow to preserve and defend this right.


  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, B.S., 1982
  • Rosiland Franklin University of Medicine and Scien, North Chicago, M.D., 1986
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, 1992
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • the University of Chicago, Physician and Educator
  • River Forest Youth Baseball/Softbal, Coach
  • St. Luke Church/School, Volunteer, Donations
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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