Candidate Profile
Jim Higgins

Libertarian , Missouri


Jim Higgins
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal

Selected Contributions


Bob Barr







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.

Strongly Disagree

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 Agree

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court, Voters

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

The first two trimesters. I believe in the woman right to choose.

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

Having suffered under the tyranny of the British government the founders were leery of authority. They did not want the federal government to become oppressive. Hence they carefully attempted to define the limits of power. The intent of the constitution was to limit the role of government. The founders recognized that people prospered when allowed to pursue their own interests and not be unnecessarily subject to political authority.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in the separation of church and state. I am spiritual but, I do not belong to any organized religion.

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

No Answer

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

I have been a libertarian candidate several times. The libertarian positions do not fall into the traditional conservative/liberal spectrum. We believe in less government across the board, and that includes economic issues as well as social issues.

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

Additional comment from candidate:

Libertarians believe in Freedom. Freedom is the absence of force or coercion. Government by definition invokes force. Therefore we believe in limited government. The proper role of government is to protect our rights. That is to keep us safe from thugs and to defend us from foreign invaders. Instead today our government violates our rights by controlling our personal behavior, our income and our economic activity. We have a 20 trillion dollar debt. Government programs are expensive, inefficient and ineffective. Burdensome regulations smother economic vitality and politicians feel obligated to control our personal behavior. We have crony capitalism, which contributes to income inequality. All these things are outside the scope of a proper government. If government could solve our problems they would have all been solved by now.



  • Ohio University, Athens, OH, BSCE, 1971

Work & Military

  • Olin Corporation, Systems Analyst, 16


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