Candidate Profile
Ross Spano

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Ross Spano
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 15
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity FL (AFP FL), 2018:  102%
Florida Family Action (FFA), 2017-18:  A+
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  90%, 88% (cum.)

97%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

6
US Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida State Representative Sam Killibrew, Florida State Representative Jake Raburn, Polk County Commissioner George Lindsey, Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbothom

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Daniel D. Raulerson, Richard Nugent
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
18
Associated Builders and Contractors, Blaise Ingoglia, Charlie Stone, Committee for a Conservative House, Conservative Coalition for Floridas Future, Conservative Principles for Florida and 12 more

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

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.

Strongly Agree

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?

Abortion should be permitted only when necessary to save the life of the mother.

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

The United States should fully commit its military and intelligence gathering resources to track down and eliminate radical Islamic terrorists around the world. It should also take all necessary economic steps to isolate any groups or countries that offer support or protection to radical Islamic terrorists, including sanctions and/or the withdrawal of foreign aide.

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

The Founders understood that man's nature is evil and that power corrupts. They believed that defining, separating and limiting the various branches of government would hold each branch in check against the other, and thus prevent tyranny.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he came to earth in the form of a man, lived a sinless life, and offered himself as a sacrifice on the cross for the sins of all mankind, so that man could be made right with God. If any man believes and acknowledges this, and asks for God's forgiveness, he will be reconciled with God. I made the decision to accept and follow Christ when I was fourteen years old. Since that time, I have attempted to live my life according the leading of the Holy Spirit and the teachings contained in the Bible. God is at the center of my life; I endeavor to please Him and be obedient to Him each day.

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?

Very Conservative

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

Please go to the following links: www.rossspano.com www.flchamber.com/florida-chamber-is-proud-to-endorse-ross-spano votesmart.org/candidate/142164/ross-spano#.W0S_eNJKhPY

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

Permit business associations to offer health insurance to their members; allow primary care doctors to offer direct nsurance arrangements with their patients to provide them with primary care; allow insurers to provide coverage across state lines; promote or require transparency in medical costs to patients prior to treatment.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government's responsibility is to create a low tax, low regulation environment in which entrepreneurs are willing to risk, build, and create jobs. The government also has the responsibility to enforce legal contracts, provide for public safety, and build necessary infrastructure that supports the economic sector.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

I believe in a fair, flat, consumption tax. The more you consume, the more you pay. Corporate taxes should also be reduced to encourage companies to bring back cash and reserves from abroad and invest it in the USA.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best way to bring down unemployment is to lower taxes and reduce regulation. As a result, businesses will thrive, grow, and create jobs.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The best way to guarantee benefits for future generations is to balance the federal budget, reign in runaway spending and bloated government, and ultimately pay off the national debt. I would not reduce benefits for those at or near retirement. Our promises to Social Security payees should be kept. I do think we should offer younger Social Security payees the opportunity to participate in a self directed, defined contribution retirement plan.

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

I've been a practicing attorney (in the area of estate planning and probate) for 20 years, with a law degree and an undergraduate degree. I've owned my own small business for 14 years and created numerous jobs. I've served in the Florida House of Representatives for 6 years, fighting for the victims of human trafficking, protecting small businesses, and passing a fiscally sound, balanced state budget all 6 years.

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

info@rossspano.com (813) 244-7758

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

I'm married (for 27 years) to Amie, and we have 4 children (Kali, Vincent, Caleb, and Isaiah) and one grandchild (Silas). With your support, I look forward to being a vocal, ardent partner for President Trump in Congress, fighting to protect our shared conservative values. Thank you, Ross


Background

Education
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, J.D., 1998
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, B.A., 1994
Work & Military
  • Spano & Woody, P.A., Owner and Attorney, 2014-present
  • Christmas, Spano & Owen, P.A., Owner and Attorney, 2006-2014
  • Christmas & Associates, P.A., Associate Attorney and Partner, 2003-2006
  • Dickerson Law Firm, P.A., Associate Attorney, 2000-2003
Affiliations
  • Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Member
  • Brandon Foundation, Board Member
  • Lowry Park Zoo, Advisory Board Member
  • Florida Farm Bureau, Member
  • Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Member/Past Board Member
  • Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Member/Past Board Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, Florida Middle District
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 2012-present
 

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