Candidate Profile
Mike Kennedy

Republican , Utah

Biography

Name
Mike Kennedy
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Republican Party Organizations

Summary

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LIBERAL

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Other Information

Key votes as state legislator from Vote Smart
Vote ratings from Vote Smart
In March 2015, Kennedy was the only Republican in the Utah House of Representatives to vote No on SB 297, a bill that authorizes a government employee to refuse to perform marriage services based on his or her personal beliefs.

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.

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.

Neutral

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.

Strongly Agree

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?

Our society should focus on protecting life. Rape, incest, or to preserve the life of the mother are the only reasons abortion should be allowed.

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

Peace through strength is my philosophy. We need a strong military and a nation of law abiding, moral, and prosperous citizens to assure those who perceive us as an enemy are kept at bay and convinced there is a better way of life. We also have to keep our word so all countries and terrorist groups, who threaten us, will know that we are serious.

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

Power is a corrupting influence. The more concentrated power is, the more the wielder of the power is inclined towards self-serving motives. Our Founders recognized this and divided power between multiple groups and individuals in an effort to reduce this corrupting tendency. We need restore the balance as prescribed in the Constitution and give power back to the states and individuals.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe God created all things, and that we are His children. As such, we are all brothers and sisters. I believe that we are all fallible and make mistakes. To remedy this, God sent his son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and make it possible to return to live again with our Heavenly Father. I believe our most important role on this planet is to love and serve our brothers and sisters.

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.

I have a proven conservative legislative record of results and working with others to balance our budget each year. I have been given an "A" rating by the NRA, awards from the Utah Taxpayer's Association and other groups for defending economic freedom, championing business, protecting life, and helping Utah patients and others. My stances can be found at www.KennedyforUtah.com

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

Market forces and state-based solutions will facilitate the goal of affordable health care for all. I have an op-ed that summarizes more of my feelings on my website here: http://www.kennedyforutah.com/doctor-mike-kennedy-on-health-care-in-america/

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should protect our rights and our borders. Taxes and unnecessary regulatory burdens should be minimal. Following these steps for limited government will create an environment where individuals and economies can flourish.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

We should simplify the tax code so an average person can fill out their tax forms. The base of taxpayers should be broad, the tax rate should be low, and similarly situated taxpayers should be treated similarly.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Build the economy by reducing taxes and regulatory burdens.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

I am 49 years old. I believe I and those younger than I am should have Social Security benefits that are significantly different than those benefits promised today. We should receive less benefits at a later age than current beneficiaries. I believe we should also keep the promises we have made to those soon to enter and those currently receiving benefits.

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

I am the father of eight children. I am a family doctor, an attorney, and have served as a state legislator for the past six years. I am a small business owner also and understand what it is like to live, work, and raise a family on a budget in the state of Utah.

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

info@KennedyforUtah.com; 801-358-2362

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

KennedyforUtah.com has additional information regarding my candidacy. I am running for this seat to give regular people a voice in our federal government.


Background

Education
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, BS, 1994
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MD, 1998
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, JD, 2007
Work & Military
  • Premier Family Medical, MD, 5
Affiliations
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, volunteer
Offices
  • Utah State House of Representatives, Held 6
 

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