Candidate Profile
Donald Young

Republican , Alaska

Biography

Name
Donald Young
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., At Large
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2015-16:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
FRC Action, 2017:  100%
National Right to Life, 2017-19:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2013-14:  91%
National Taxpayers Union, 2016:  B-
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  78%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  72%, 74% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  69%
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2017-18:  79%, 68% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2016:  80%, 55% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2018:  38%, 53% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2016:  53%, 51% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2017-18:  41%, 40% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  39% (cum.)

73%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2017:  43%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2015:  48%, 42% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2015:  0%, 29% (cum.)
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  20%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  15%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2017:  0%, 8% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2016:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2017:  0%

20%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Dave Reichert, Mike Huckabee, National Republican Congressional Committee, Republican Women's Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
31
American Success PAC, Americans for Common Sense Government, Arkansas for Leadership PAC, Badger Fund, Committee for the Preservation of Capitalism, Conservative Opportunity Leadership and Enterprise PAC and 25 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
39
Airline Pilots Association, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Maritime Officers, American Postal Workers Union, American Wind Energy Association and 33 more

Summary

52%

LIBERAL

48%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll705.xml

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

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.

No Answer

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Neutral

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I believe that the act of abortion is unacceptable unless the life or health of the mother is endangered by her pregnancy or in cases where rape or incest is involved.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Combat the factors that drive people to join the Islamic terrorism organizations by investing in schools in their home countries, engaging with the communities and their leaders to identify at-risk youth, increasing opportunities for women and addressing those who seek to radicalize Islam.

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

Greed, corruption and the failure of historical authoritarian rulers caused the Founding Fathers to carefully define, separate and limit powers in the Constitution.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a God-fearing man. I regularly attend service and am an ardent student of the Bible.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Gov Track Report Card: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/don_young/400440/report-card/2017 Highlights from the report card include - Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other) Young introduced 4 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. 2 more bills will be signed into law in July 2018. Introduced the most bills compared to All Representatives Young introduced 65 bills and resolutions in 2017. Ranked 31st most conservative compared to other Members of Congress Serving 10+ Years Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Begin by repealing the Affordable Care Act and ensuring that our health care system is accessible, affordable, reliable and insurance is portable so coverage and care can cross state lines.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

My belief in the principles of a free market economy means the government does not prop up the economy. Rather tax cuts spur economic growth and competition to boost our economy.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Lower individual and corporate rates so the American people can spend their hard-earned money how they see fit. This also allows companies to reinvest in their employees and supplies. This is why I proudly supported H.R. 1 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and was appointed to serve on the bicameral bipartisan Congressional committee conference. Since its implantation, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has led to lower unemployment rates, an economic revival and lower taxes for all.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Provide people with the skills and vocational training to ensure they have the proper skill set to fill available jobs.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Clearly a solution to this major problem is needed, and Social Security will have to be reformed in some way. We must, however, be very careful about how we reform Social Security as 50 million Americans currently depend on it. As such, I would oppose any reform that deprives people of the money and benefits that they have paid into for the majority of their working years. I strongly believe that we must work together to protect and preserve retirement income for all Americans and I am likewise committed to ensuring that workers and their families, are equally protected to receive the benefits they have worked so many years to attain. I also support the idea of giving younger Americans the option to have control of their retirement plans.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

As the only Congressman for All Alaska for the last four decades, I understand the unique needs of our state and I will continue to use my leadership and relationships in Congress to continue to advocate for the prosperity and well-being of all Alaskans.

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

akfordy@gmail.com

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am a board member of the NRA, an Army veteran (1955-1957), and a member of Boone and Crockett Club. I was named one of the top ten most effective lawmakers in Congress by the Washington Post and I am among the most prolific Members of Congress as well as serving as Dean of the House. I am a father to two daughters, a husband to a veteran Air Force flight nurse, a grandfather to 14 wonderful young Alaskans, a former school teacher, gold miner, trapper, licensed riverboat captain and construction worker. Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/28/these-are-the-top-10-most-effective-lawmakers-in-the-u-s-congress/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d07ac742485d https://www.congress.gov/quick-search/legislation?wordsPhrases=&wordVariants=on&congresses%5B%5D=all&legislationNumbers=&legislativeAction=115&sponsor=on&representative=Y000033&senator=&houseCommittee=&senateCommittee=&searchResultViewType=compact


Background

Education
  • Chico State College, Chico, CA, BA, 1958
  • Yuba Junior College, Yuba, CA, AA, 1952
Work & Military
  • U.S. Army - 41st Tank Battalion, Private First Class, 1955-1957
Affiliations
  • Alaska Executive Board, Member
  • National Rifle Association, Board of Directors
  • National Education Society, Member
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Member
  • Safari Club International, Member
  • Boone & Crocket, Member
  • Shriners, Member
  • Elks, Members
Offices
  • Alaska State Senate, Held 1970-1973
  • Alaska State House, Held 1966-1970
 

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