Candidate Profile
Ed Shoemaker

Republican , Florida


Ed Shoemaker
U.S. Rep., Dist. 15

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Personhood Florida Pro-Life PAC

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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.

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?

Absolutely none. As a mental health counselor I have witnessed the devastating impact of abortion on young ladies and women. As an adoptive parent, adoption is the alternative to murdering babies in the womb

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

Continue to tighten up our Border Security and fight terrorism

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

Our founding fathers recognized that government is a force that continually expands, progressively impinges upon freedoms, and if left unchecked, predictably devolves to dictatorship. They recognized that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The division of power into legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and safety mechanisms such as the power of impeachment and the convention of states were designed to ensure that freedom will forever prevail over tyranny.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born again Christian who protects America and her sacred values, our Constitution and God given rights. My priorities are God, Family and Nation

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

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

privatization and eliminate Obamacare

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

less government control, eliminate regulations, reduce taxes

What changes should be made to the tax code?

flat tax

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

less regulations on corporations

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?


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

Board of Directors, Childrens Home Society of Greater Lakeland Board of Directors, Learning Resource Center of Polk Inc Co-Chair, Community Partnership School, Polk Vision Influential-Insight 100 2016 Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology, Northcentral University, 2016 Candidate, Polk County School Board, District 1 2014 Candidate, Florida State House of Representatives, District 40 2014-16 Chair, Polk County School Board District Advisory Council Executive Board

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 863-899-2162

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

During the past 26 years, beginning in 1992 as a family teacher (house parent) with Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, Ed has dedicated his life providing positive change, improving the lives of others as a foster parent, adoptive parent, educator, counselor and child welfare executive and administrator. Ed has a hands-on, can do attitude with a strong work ethic that believes in going above and beyond. Ed believes that The Power of Relationship is the key factor in building and maintaining attachment and bonding between children and their parents preventing the disruption of families.


  • Northcentral University, Prescott Valley AZ, PhD, 2016
  • Trinity Bible College & Seminary, Newburgh IN, MA, 2001
  • The Union Institute, Cincinnati OH, BA, 1994
Work & Military
  • Independent Contractor, Mental Health Services, 3
  • Polk County Schools, Teacher, 5
  • Childrens Home Society of Greater Lakeland, Member Board of Directors
  • Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Member Board of Directors
  • Polk County Schools District Advisory Council Exec, Executive Board
  • Polk Vision, Co Chair Community School Initiative
  • Medulla Elementary School, School Advisory Council
  •, Member
  • Lakeland Christina Rotary Club, Member
  • District 1 Polk County School Board, Sought 2016
  • District 40 State Rep, Sought 2014

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