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Dave Hughes

Republican , Minnesota


Dave Hughes
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7

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MN Senator Paul Gazelka, MN Senator Gary Dahms, MN Senator Mark Johnson, MN Rep Dan Fabian, MN Rep Deb Kiels, MN Rep Joh Poston

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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.


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.


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 under the very strictest, literal "life of the mother" medical emergency.

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

Expose it wherever it is, educate the public about the true nature of the threat, and defeat it.

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

The tendency to usurp power, steal from Peter to pay Paul, and become corrupt are among the reasons why the Founders designed our government the way they did.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I've been a lifelong Follower of Jesus Christ since age six. We are saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus. The greatest commandments and the meaning of life is to know and love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself.

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 refer to my campaign website, Facebook page, and Twitter/Instagram. Twitter/Instagram: @DHughesCongress

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

I would push to remove the federal government from the center of the Health Care and Health Insurance universe. I would implement the sensible free market ideas folks have been writing about for decades: - Full tax deductibility for individuals - Portability - National Marketplace - all insurance companies can sell policies in every state - Tort Reform

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

I oppose the kind of activism and market distortion our federal government engaged in during the Obama years, as well as that of FDR and every administration between. The proper constitutional role of our federal government with regard to boosting the economy is to reduce overspending, lower taxes, and eliminate burdensome overregulation. Get out of the way and allow the engine of prosperity to run!

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Abolish the Personal and Corporate Federal Income Tax, as well as the Payroll Tax, and replace with a national sales tax. Abolish the Estate Tax, and taxes on Social Security income as well.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

1. Incentivize work by reforming our federal, state, and local social welfare programs so it pays more to go get that low-paying entry-level job than it does to stay home on welfare. Do this by NOT immediately taking away benefits dollar-for-dollar. Instead, slowly wean the recipient of aid so he/she benefits more by working than not working. 2. Make the US Economy much more globally competitive by lowering federal spending, shrinking the size and scope of the federal government, reducing taxes, and repealing job-killing overregulation. 3. Abolish the Minimum Wage. 4. Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, and all other similar statutes.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

To the extent our federal government should remain engaged in such social welfare benefit programs in the long run, we should phase in, over several decades, a privatized program that would: 1. Leave current Social Security recipient's benefits untouched. 2. Transition folks over age 50, but not yet eligible for SS, to some sort of hybrid benefit as we move over time to the privatized system. 3. For people younger than 50 establish private individual accounts.

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

21+ years on Active Duty in the US Air Force as a commissioned officer, pilot, and Iraq War veteran have given me the experience, perspective, and sense of duty to serve all the people of western Minnesota, and the nation at large, with integrity, purpose, and focus. 25+ years of studying our nation's founding and her founding documents have informed me we have strayed very far for decades from the enduring principles of our founding - that of Free Enterprise, Limited Government, and Individual Liberty, among others. The root of our problems at the federal level stem from not abiding our wonderful US Constitution. I want to do my part to lead us toward Liberty and Prosperity.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 218-436-3309

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

I'm running for Congress to save our Republic from decades of bad policy and bad leadership, be a Conservative Reinforcement for the Republican Majority in the US House of Representatives, and partner with President Trump to accomplish his America First agenda as quickly as possible. Please support my campaign financially and prayerfully!


  • California State University, San Diego, CA, BS, 1992
  • Squadron Officers School, Montgomery, AL, 2000
  • Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence, 2006
Work & Military
  • US Air Force, Major (O-4), 21+
  • National Right to Life Committee, contributor
  • Judicial Watch, contributor
  • National Rifle Association, Lifetime Member
  • Compassion International, contributor
  • Salvation Army, contributor
  • American Center for Law & Justice, contributor
  • US Rep, MN-7, Sought 2016

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