Candidate Profile
Robert C. Helsham Sr.

Republican , Hawaii


Robert C. Helsham Sr.
U.S. Senator

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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.

Strongly Agree

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.


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

Strongly Disagree

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.


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly 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 am Pro-Life as such I believe our policymakers should return to a deeper respect for foundational American principles by respecting the freedom of conscience of individuals, medical providers, and taxpayers, and ensuring the basic rights of liberty and life for everyone, including those yet to be born. That being said, a dire threat to the life of the mother.

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

1. Expand international information sharing, specifically through the Passenger Name Record (PNR) program and the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) 2. Enhance domestic information sharing between federal agencies, state and local governments. 3. Improve visa security coordination between the Departments of State and Homeland Security by expanding the Visa Security Program and PATRIOT programs. 4. Support the Federal Flight Deck Officer program that allows trained pilots to carry firearms.

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

Our forefathers had the foresight and wisdom to know that one person/group with ultimate power will lead back to tyranny and corruption.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born-again, Bible believing, Holy Spirit filled, Jesus proclaiming Christian. I am not perfect, and I am still a work in progress striving to live a life of excellence for God's Kingdom.

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 believe the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government. Therefore: * The private sector can be depended upon to make better economic decisions that the public sector 99% of the time. * Government serves the the governed best when it is limited. * Individuals need freedom to exercise responsibility * Good men and women produce a good society, not the reverse. * Peace is best protected through strength, economic as well as military * America should not hesitate to use it's power and influence to shape American interests and values in the world. * There can be no lasting liberty without virtue - public and private

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

1. Repeal Obamacare and undo its damage. 2. Promote a free market for health care by removing regulatory and policy obstacles that discourage choice and competition. 3. Encourage personal ownership of health care by reforming the tax treatment of health care. 4. Transform health care coverage by ensuring that every American can buy a private plan. 5. Modernize the Medicare program to meet current demographic, fiscal and structural challenges.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

We need to make changes in the following areas: 1. Federal Spending: * Cut spending and enforce fiscal controls, such as the Budget Control Act spending caps. * Reform the federal budget process to remove the bias toward higher spending and to take entitlements off of autopilot. 2. Tax Reform: * Make individual tax cuts permanent for all Americans * Fully repeal the death tax and the remaining state and local tax deduction. 3. Regulation * Require congressional approval of new major regulations promulgated by agencies. * Establish sunset dates for federal regulations 4. Financial Regulation * Eliminate the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) which enshrines the concept of "too big to fail". * Eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by fully repealing Dodd-Frank's Title X. 5. Trade * Update and modernize NAFTA, removing remaining barriers

What changes should be made to the tax code?

1. Lower Individual and Business Tax Rates: Tax reform must lower tax rates for businesses and individuals. Lower rates strengthen the economy by improving incentives to work, save and invest. 2. All Full Expensing: Full expensing would allow businesses to deduct all investment expenses from their taxable income immediately. This could grow the economy by more than 5% over 10 years. 3. Repeal the Estate and Gift Tax: Every dollar of an estate has either been previously taxed or will be taxed under some other provision of the tax code. The death tax always adds an extra layer of tax to a family's savings.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

We are currently in a time when the unemployment rate is at its lowest in decades. This is due to a strong economy led by lower taxes. This trend needs to continue.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security's COLA(Cost of Living Adjustments) is based on an outdated measure of changes in the cost of living that fails to account for how people react to changes in prices. We should index Social Security's COLA to the chained CPI(Consumer Price Index), which acknowledges that people choose less expensive and different goods and services in response to changes in prices. This would more accurately protect the value of benefits against changes in the cost of living while improving Social Security's finances. Additonally, coupled with tax reform that phases out the payroll tax, a flat, anti-poverty benefit targeted at those who need it would limit Social Security's role to real insurance and ease the future tax burden on American workers. Lower payroll taxes will enable more Americans to accrue personal savings in private retirement accounts to complement Social Security's flat benefit and reduce Americans' reliance on government retirement.

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

My experiences, education, community and military service I have received and enjoyed have given me a unique perspective on family, life, and community in our great state. I will be the Statesman that will represent all of Hawaii with dignity and honor.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: / (808)4255220

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

As a husband, father, US Army veteran and businessman. A pro-business conservative who has demonstrated energetic leadership, clarity of vision and a passion for service from the military through civilian life. I am a proven servant-leader who will represent all of Hawaii’s Citizens and truly return the Aloha Spirit to our State. I humbly ask for your support and vote Helsham for United States Senate.


  • ITT Tech, San Diego, AAS, 1992
Work & Military
  • US Army, Specialist 4, 4
  • NIAAA, Certified Athletic Administrator, 15
  • Clic-Safety, OSHA 30, 2
  • Free Inside Prison Ministry, Worship Minister
  • Convoy of Hope, Executive Committee Member
  • FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes, State Camp Director
  • PAC5 Football - Varsity, Asst. Coach
  • PAC5 Football - Intermediate, Head Coach
  • ILH - Kayaking, Coordinator
  • Aiea Pop Warner, President
  • HIADA, Instructor
  • State House - District 33, Sought 2014

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