Candidate Profile
Daniel Swanson

Republican , Illinois


Daniel Swanson
State Rep., Dist. 74

Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon



Family-PAC, Illinois Family Action, Illinois Federation for Right to Life, National Rifle Association

Reported by Candidate

Congressman Bobby Schilling, Clarke Barnes, Illinois Farm Bureau, National Federation Independent Business, William "Bill" Albracht, Robert Elliott

Selected Contributions


Family-Pac, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations
Donald Moffitt, Family-Pac







Other Information

Illinois Family Institute Voter Guide:


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.


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 Agree

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.


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?

Our Founding Fathers fled a government which did not let the peoples' voice be heard. It was their intent and design to establish a government where the peoples' voice could be heard by a responsive Government. A government where an elected official would serve their dutiful civil servant time and return to the community for which they came and once again walk shoulder-to-shoulder with the people they had served, honorably and with integrity

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 and Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only when a Mother's life is at risk.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I Believe in only One God, a Living God. We just celebrated the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ who was sent here to walk among us and later deliver us from our sins by dying on the Cross. We celebrate his Resurrection at Easter and celebrate his Last Supper partaking of wine-symbolic of His blood and bread-symbolic of His body. My Faith is my guiding light and is shared throughout my family. My values are based upon Judeo-Christian values and are again guided by the Bible and Ten Commandments. As a Farmer, I know planting, growing and harvesting crops is in the hands of the Lord. The soil I till, the rains that nourish and the bountiful harvests are all gifts from Him. It is through Him we, the Believers, will enjoy Life Everlasting.

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 served over 23 years in the military retiring JAN 2001. After watching soldiers I trained go to war, I volunteered from retirement in JUL 2007 through July 2008 serving a year in Iraq with the mission to rebuild the Iraqi Army. I was again, called out of retirement in April 2010 for 3 years at Army Sustainment Command-ASC, transferring a mission from the Pentagon to ASC at Rock Island Arsenal to equip the Army more efficiently saving taxpayers dollars. Along this journey, I worked with Great Americans from all military branches to include civilians. I also served with Great military/civilians from from Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Poland & Iraq; all with the same goal and mission to maintain national security for their country....their home. I served 17 years on the AlWood Board of Education and was re-elected several times. Community members recognized my social and economic values in this agriculture community were similar to their own.

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

Additional comment from candidate:

I will serve the People of the 74th District and the State of Illinois with honesty, integrity and honor. I support term limits.I won't accept a pension or insurance. I completed one career, serving over 27 years in many Army Command/leadership positions and I am not seeking another career or pension. This primary, as coined by the Galesburg Register Mail, is a "listening tour". I have my bucket list of ideas, but it is the people in the 74th District who I will represent in Springfield gathering their ideas and suggestions for streamlining and downsizing government. My approach to better serving you includes: Educate veterans on their Federal and State medical/employment benefits; Quality Education for students in K thru 12; Provide services to developmentally disabled; advocate for Police Forces, First Responders and the Illinois National Guard; Reduce regulations, (specifically for farmers and other small business owners); Cut spending to balance the budget and Protect the unborn


  • Western Illinois University, Macomb, BS - BOG, 1995
  • Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Diploma, 1998
  • Black Hawk, Junior College, East Campus, Kewanee, AA, 1986
Work & Military
  • Army Sustainment Command, LTC/Chief Lead Materiel Integrator Br, 2010-2013
  • Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq, LTC/Dpt Dir Iraqi Army Force Generation, 2007-2008
  • 2-123 Field Artillery Battaion, LTC/Commander, 1998-2001
  • Active Duty, Illinois Army National Guard, Private - Staff Seargeant; Second Lieutenant - Maj, 1977-1997
  • AlWood Community Schools Board of Education, Secretary & Vice-President
  • IL Homegrown by Heroes, Vice-President (2 - subcom, Vice-President. 2 Committees Equipment & Land Acq
  • Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission, Superintendent & Volunteer Driver
  • IL American Legion, Andover Post # 465, Commander & Adjutant
  • Alpha Baptist Church, Church Council and Moderator
  • Sundance for Our Soldiers, (SOS), Executive Board & Secretary
  • Henry County Republican Central Committee, Oxford Precinct Committee Person
  • Family PAC, Contributor
  • Alwood Board of Education, Held 92-10
  • Henry County Board, Held 10-12
  • Clerk, Sought 2014

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