Candidate Profile
Francis "Joe" Vitollo

Republican , New York


Francis "Joe" Vitollo
U.S. Rep., Dist. 20

Panel Rating



Conservative Organizations




Reported by Candidate

Republican Party, Conservative Party, Reformed Party, SCOPE, NRA, Right To Life

Other Information

Albany Update Voter Guide: Numbers USA Rating:


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.

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.

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.

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 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.


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.

1. God, 2. Constitution,3. Voters, 4.(Supreme Court = Congress = Executive Branch) Balance of Powers. Voters have an obligation to insure our leaders obey and defend the Constitution or they should be rejected

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Because I believe that life begins at the moment of conception and that God is the creator and sustainer of all life the termination of a pregnancy is a sad and violent act. Albert Einstein once said to lose respect for one ounce of life is to lose respect for all life. That being said the only circumstance in which abortion should be allowed would be when the life (that is the physical existence) of the mother is in eminent danger.

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

1. Because mankind is sinful and inclined to self elevation whether by ideology or by power it was necessary to create a structure where there would be checks and balances. 2 Because of societal Evolution there needed to be an establishment of absolutes which have their source in immutable truths. 3 They believed it was the best way to maintain the Republic that was newly formed so that it would be a lasting form of Gov't preserving the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian who finds his code of standards of behavior in the Scriptures. I have not always lived up to those standards and therefore I am grateful for God's grace. Although I have been a recipient of God's grace it does not entitle me to disobey at will. Repentance means to change your mind and acknowledge that your behavior and heart needs to change. The Bible which is God's word is the source of all wisdom and understanding. It tells us how to live, how to love, how and when to judge, and how to forgive. The Scriptures also reveal the morals and behaviors we should all live by in a society. I believe in the right to life from the moment of conception until our last breath. I believe there is room at the cross of Calvary for everyone and that we must approach God according to His standards and requirements; Repentance, Humility and Obedience. And I believe that God is the author of Love, Grace and Mercy and that He's willing to give those to any who humbly approach him.

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.

Since I have never held political office I don't have a political track record. That being said I have throughout my life as a pastor a business owner and a registered nurse have always believed and publicly professed that a strong defense in military is the greatest deterrent to an enemy. I have also continually said that the Free market, Capitalism and limited Government is what makes this country prosper and that Government intervention except for the designed purpose of true safety will kill an economy. Socially the imperative is found in a thesis that was penned called "The Civil Society" therein is found the structure an understanding by which a free society regardless of religious beliefs should and could survive.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 518-669-1531

Additional comment from candidate:

If elected I will uphold the Constitution, pursue and vote for a balanced budget amendment, and will pursue and develop legislation that will limit terms of elected officials and place a lifetime ban on lobbying for them. I will do everything within my power making allegiances with other congressmen and women to work towards restoring this Republic to that which the founding fathers had intended "One nation under God Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all"


  • Maria College, Albany, ASN, 2002
  • Columbia Greene Com College, Hudson, AS, 1999
  • Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, BA Theology, 1998
Work & Military
  • White Plains Hospital, RN Emergency Room, 9
  • St Peters Hospital, RN ICU, 7
  • RDT Construction, Owner, 8
  • Gospel Community Church, Pastor, 14
  • Operation Recue, North East Co-ordinator
  • Coxsackie Correction Facility, Volunteer Chaplain
  • Greene Correctional Facility, Volunteer Chaplain
  • Coxsackie Committee against the Dump, Board Member
  • Audi Home for Criminal Youth, Counselor / Coach
  • New Baltimore Fire Company, Volunteer Fireman
  • Shiloh Retreat Center, Buildings, Grounds and Maintenance
  • West Sayville Gospel Community Church, Worship Leader
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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