Candidate Profile
John Culberson

Republican , Texas


John Culberson
U.S. Rep., Dist.7

Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

American Family Association (AFA), 2013:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2015-16:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2013-14:  100%
FRC Action, 2016:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2015-16:  100%, 100% (cum.)
National Right to Life, 2017-19:  100%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2016:  94%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  92%, 92% (cum.)
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2017-18:  95%, 91% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2016:  B+
Club for Growth, 2016:  86%, 80% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2017:  65%, 74% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2015-16:  79%, 74% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  64%
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  56% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2015:  4%, 8% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  5%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2015:  0%, 4% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2016:  3%, 4% (cum.)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2016:  0%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2015:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2017:  0%





Kingwood TEA Party

Selected Contributions


Allen West, Bob Beauprez, Brian Bilbray, Bryan Hughes, Charles Boustany Jr. M.D., Charles Djou and 49 more
American Success PAC, Associated Builders and Contractors, Belief in Life and Liberty, Bob Latta, Brett Guthrie, Brian Babin and 86 more


Airline Pilots Association, American Federation of Government Employees, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Seafarers International Union







Other Information

Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

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

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Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

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

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

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

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

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Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

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

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I support sanctuary cities.

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

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I support the death penalty.

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Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

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

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

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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 am proud to have been endorsed by Texas Right to Life. I have spent my career fighting to protect the life of the unborn. I am also strongly opposed to the use of federal funds for abortions. The government should not be in the business of using taxpayers’ hard earned money to pay for something they are morally opposed to.

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

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

The first role of the federal government is to protect and defend our individual liberty. The Founding Fathers never ceded their individual rights to the federal government—neither will Texans. I’ll keep fighting for a strong national defense, for our veterans, and for the sanctity of life. As your Congressman, I’m committed to protect our Constitutional rights.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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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?


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

I have a lifetime rating of 92% from the American Conservative Union and have enjoyed the endorsement of Texas Right to Life PAC, Conservative Republicans of Texas and the National Rifle Association among others. I have been honored with that Citizen's Against Government Waste's "Taxpayer Hero" award and Family Research Council's "True Blue" award.

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

Primarily, we need to provide for an increase in competition in the marketplace, which will drive down costs and allow people more control over their health care. We should also allow small businesses and individuals to enter into "association coverage" that allows groups to negotiate lower rates and better protections than if they were forced to get their health insurance on the individual market. I applaud the administration for starting this process and I will work hard to support this effort in Congress.. We should encourage the use of Health Savings Accounts, which make it easier for families to save money to pay for health care costs.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

I have always believed that the best way to unleash American business is with lower taxes, less regulation, and United States energy independence. We have already passed a historic tax bill that lowers every individual tax rate to ensure Americans are able to keep more of their hard earned money and lowers the corporate tax rate to allow US companies compete globally. Even before the tax cuts were signed into law, the economy was on the upswing because of our aggressive efforts to get rid of the burdensome regulations that were holding back small businesses.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

I voted for the recent tax cut for all Americans. Our former tax system disproportionately benefitted the rich at the expense of middle-income families and worked for those who could take advantage of all the loopholes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cuts taxes for the average taxpayer in every income group. The average American household will see a tax cut of over $2000. I support making these tax cuts permanent for families.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

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How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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

My position as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science gives me an opportunity to deliver for Houston. I am helping shape the legislation that will help families get the funding and relief help they need after Hurricane Harvey, as well as securing funding to improve and modernize Houston’s flood infrastructure to help prevent future flooding disasters. I have also been able to increase funding to NASA in an effort to return it to the glory days of Apollo.

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

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

I’m running to serve the people of Houston, my hometown that I love. Houston is booming, in no small part to our common-sense Texas policies. Houstonians know that low taxes, smart and limited regulations, and robust American energy production can create a successful economy. Washington can learn from Texas. I’m also running because my unique position as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science is an opportunity to deliver important results for Houston on issues like infrastructure, NASA, and helping our most vulnerable.


  • SMU, Dallas, BA, 81
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, JD, 88
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
  • Second Baptist Church
  • NRA Life Member
  • Texas Right to Life
  • Republican Party of Texas
  • Houston Astronomical Society
  • Houston Gem and Mineral Society
  • Texas State Representative, Held 14
  • U.S. Representative - CD7, Held 17
  • Texas State Representative, Sought 1986-2001

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