Candidate Profile
Phil Fortunato

Republican , Washington


Phil Fortunato
State Senator, Dist. 31

Panel Rating



Liberal Organizations

NARAL Pro-Choice WA, 2018:  F
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC), 2018:  45%, 41% (cum.)
Conservation Voters WA, 2017-18:  7%, 7% (cum.)





Association of Washington Business


Service Employees International Union 775, Washington Federation of State Employees


Washington Retail Association

Selected Contributions


Cathy McMorris Rodgers, J.T Wilcox, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Morgan Irwin, State Republican Party Organizations
Associated Builders and Contractors, Gun Owners Action League of Washington, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Republican Women's Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations, Washington State Leadership Council


American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Service Employees International Union, United Transportation Union







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 necessary infrastructure on our border that maximizes the ability to control 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 a relationship between one man and one woman.

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

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Parents should have the right to opt their children out of classes as they see fit.

Strongly Agree

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

Government should compel businesses and schools to allow access in all cases based on “gender identity.”

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Commercial surrogacy should be legal.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

Individual rights come from government.

Strongly Disagree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life of the mother in the case where the pregnacy is not violable, such a tubular pregnancy.

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

It is the nature of people in power to keep power.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Many talk about the separation of church and state as faith should not interfere with your governmental decisions. The exact opposite is true. The state should not be interfering with your decisions based on your spiritual beliefs.

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.

I believe that the family is the basis for all interaction with government not government interfering with family decisions. Parents are the decision makers for their children. Currently, parents need their child permission to have access to their medical records. This is madness. I think we are taxed enough and believe that strongly in private property rights.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Reduce taxes and regulation on business.

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

The problem with health care is that the person getting the service is not the person paying the bill. People have grown accustom to having the insurance company pay when the go to the doctor or get a prescription. You don't buy car insurance to change you oil or get new tires. you buy car insurance to a "catastrophic event". A majority of claims to insurance companies are less then $250. I never paid less for health care than when I did not have insurance and just had to pay cash. The discounts where for 30-50%. A medical savings account and a catastrophic plan is much cheaper than current plans that require co-pays etc. and provide better coverage.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Get out of the Way

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

Just a guy with business experience and an aversion to government taxes and regulation.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 253-680-9545

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

Like to ask for your vote.


  • Rutgurs U Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ, 76
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Knights of Columbus, Legislative Liaison
  • 47th District State Rep, Held 99-00
  • 31st District State Rep, Held 2016
  • State Rep, Sought 0214

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