Candidate Profile
Julio Gonzalez

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Julio Gonzalez
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 17
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Florida Family Action (FFA), 2017-18:  A+
Americans for Prosperity FL (AFP FL), 2018:  98%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  90%, 86% (cum.)

95%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

2
Marco Rubio, Tom Coburn

Others

1
Anthony Verdugo

Reported by Candidate

6
Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Tom Coburn, Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D., Congressman Michael Burgess, Speaker Pro Tempore Lindsay Harrington, Ret., Anthony Verdugo, Christian Family Coalition

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
21
Adam Putnam, Bill Galvano, Boehner for Speaker, Don Gaetz, Doug Holder, Gayle Harrell and 15 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
16
Andrew Harris, Austin Scott, Carlos Curbelo, Conservative Principles for Florida, Florida Conservative Leadership Fund, Floridians for Prosperity and Economic Liberty and 10 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Charlie Crist, Debbie Wasserman Schultz
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
International Association of Firefighters, Tim Gill

Summary

10%

LIBERAL

90%

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.

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?

Only in certain cases where the mother's life is at stake.

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

Protecting our borders from all foreign threats is a fundamental function of government and requires a multi-pronged approach. First, we must seal our borders. Second, we must maintain a strong military, inclusive of a robust real-time, in-theater, intelligence network overseas. Third, we must work with regional partners to stamp out foreign agents wishing to cause harm to others. Fourth, we must recognize the pivotal role Israel plays in America's national defense and support her in her defense against our common enemies. Finally, we must teach our adult and juvenile populations of the concepts of radical Islamic terrorism and the threat that it poses.

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

The separation of powers was implemented, both vertically and horizontally, by the Framers, as a check on man's tendency to pursue more power. They were very concerned about King George III's continuing quest for a greater hold over the colonies and thought that by separating the powers of government, it would be more difficult for a despot to arise in the future.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in one God; the maker of Heaven and earth. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God. I believe he was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the giver of life. I believe in the reality of the Eucharist as the body of Christ, and the contents of the chalice, as His blood. I believe that our Christian religion requires that we love God with all our might and all our soul. And that it also requires that we love our neighbor as we do ourselves. Such a requirement placed upon us also demands that we actively engage in forgiveness towards others, and acts of charity. I believe that the American government should be implemented in a manner that promotes Christian forbearance, and because we have forgotten this, our society has deteriorated markedly.

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.

My positions on issues as State Representative for Florida's District 74. The contents of my radio show broadcast on Salem Communications on 930 The Answer called Right Talk America With Julio and Rod, and available on podcast. The contents of my book, The Federalist Pages. My podcasts and writings available on thefederalistpoages.com

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

Health care is arguably the largest and most intimately impactful silo of government regulatory oversight. Although health care policy is extremely complex, clearly, the most appropriate place for decisions to be made regarding one's health care is in the doctor's office. As such, the best approach to health care legislation is to minimize government's regulatory sphere of influence and to leave the decision-making as close to the patient as possible. This means moving heath care policy decisions away from the federal government and placing them in the hands of the various states where they more properly belong.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

America's greatest days lie ahead of her, not behind her. But achieving this era of unparalleled economic growth and wealth expansion can only take place under the influence of the invisible hand of innovation and self-improvement described by Adam Smith, and not at the behest of government. As such, the most effective way of growing the economy and promoting job creation is for government to get out of the way. America became the land of opportunity because its citizens were free to pursue their passions and not because they could apply to yet another dysfunctional government program.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

"The power to tax is the power to destroy” – So said John Marshall, America's most prolific Supreme Court Justice. Unquestionably, taxes are needed for government to carry out its functions, but it is a tool to be exercised with great care. Government cannot create wealth through its taxation policy, but rather can only take it for its own gain. The soundest taxation policy, therefore, is minimalistic. The less government takes from the people, the more the people can use their money in a manner that benefits them, their own wealth, and their financial stability.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Lower the extraneous costs of doing business by decreasing the regulatory and taxation burden on businesses, maximize educations opportunities for our citizens; and improve our abilities for American businesses to compete overseas.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

I would demand that government stop raiding the Social Security Trust. Additionally, I would be open to the possibility of making higher earning investments available to social security participants.

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

My qualifications to serve in Congress are unmatched. I am an orthopedic surgeon, a veteran, a lawyer, and a Florida native. I have authored a book on the Constitution and its restoration. I have authored a book and numerous articles offering conservative solutions to our health care issues. I have also served four years in the Florida legislature where I have promoted solutions affecting Floridians ranging from health care and the opioid crisis, to Florida's vulnerabilities to terrorist threats, and enhancing opportunities for military veterans.

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

campaign@juliogonzalezforcongress.com 941-441-0310

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

I am running for Congress because I love this country, and I believe in our Constitution. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, I passed legislation to bring life-saving medication to hundreds of Floridians dying from opioid overdoses. I've been instrumental in protecting Floridians’ religious freedoms and consistently stood up to protect the Second Amendment. One of my proudest achievements has been to pass legislation that help our active duty military personnel and veterans in medical careers to small business owners and their families. I believe our values are under assault from the left and aim to protect and promote them so that they may benefit our subsequent generation.


Background

Education
  • University of Miami, Miami, B.S., 1986
  • University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, M.D., 1990
  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, J.D., 2013
Work & Military
  • United States Navy, Lieutenant, 1986-1995
Affiliations
  • Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church
  • Pregnancy Solutions
  • Navy League
  • Republican Party of Sarasota
  • North Port Republican Club
  • NOVA Republican Club
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 4
 

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