Candidate Profile
John Verbeek

Republican , Oregon


John Verbeek
U.S. Rep., Dist. 1

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Oregon Fire Arms Federation


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.


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.


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.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


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.


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


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.


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.


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?

Encourage life. Is the womb not beautifully designed as a safe place? That said, choosing for an abortion is a personal decision of the mother, the father, and if they are minors their parents, and the medical practitioner. But don't ask somebody else (the government) to pay for it. All life is precious, including - but not only - the life of the mother: The baby's heart starts to beat at around 6 weeks and I therefore do not support abortions after the first trimester or pregnancy. Furthermore, while judging Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court of the United States seemed to reckon fetal viability starts at about 6 months. Do women of Planned Parenthood think more rightly than those men, if they did in the first place, about fetal viability by supporting abortion after 6 months, up to and until arrival in he delivery room?

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

Eliminate the threat.

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

I believe the Declaration, with the Constitution added, was decisive progress on the fair way of individual political rights under limited government. Our nation's sanctuary - only sanctuary - of political freedom with liberty and justice for all. Separation of Powers is not enough. The Founders so distrusted human nature that they would not pass a written Constitution without the Bill of Rights. The freedom to believe. In contrast to a society of control (with gulag) and privileges.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Live by the promises of the Lord God and test the spirits. For God is love. Don't social problems often have spiritual roots? For example, is "let government do it" from God the Father? Did He not give us freedom, penitentiary and jubilee? Where is that spirit of totalitarianism coming from? Foreign entanglements of all kinds have been around ever since the first Adam rebelled and souls should be concerned about the second death and the lake of fire, if fearing the first death. For reconciliation with the Father therefore, the Lord Jesus of Nazareth, Christ is my only address. For eternal love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, who do you follow? What is your reaction to the painting by Michelangelo unveiling a Last Judgment on the Sistine chapel's back wall?

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?


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

I believe the U.S. Constitution is basic to political freedom, and should remain so to our foreign policy. Promote freedom, and I support low tariffs and reasonable regulations as basis for international cooperation, as low taxation would be domestically. One may rationalize the protection of certain industries sometimes but the question then becomes when to stop. There is not much talk anymore about the blessings of freedom, and about spreading democracy around the world. The UN organization as a whole indeed seems more about control than individual freedom. How we vote therefore, because of our nation's leadership position among the nations, affects liberty around the globe. Though 'we the people' cannot vote directly in UN elections, your vote in US elections does matter globally. For the sake of freedom around the world, please do not take your right to vote in local elections for granted. Do vote! 'No foreign entanglements' does not mean isolationism: Proclaiming liberty.

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

Encourage good habits with respect to nutrition and exercising. Improve transparency for consumers and increase competition among providers. Take out the government planners who have a plan for you and the medical practitioner. Follow the money, and perhaps re-route this through the consumer instead of the provider, for more choices and less cost. For a good example of success and consumer involvement in decision-making, take another look at the G.I. Bill for education, a generation ago.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Accommodate conditions for income growth through private enterprise with low taxes and limited, reasonable regulations. Tax reform and regulatory reform have been good for the economy and family incomes. Promote an open society with few walls of any kind as much as possible, and enforce the rule of law.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Am in favor of low taxes, minimal fees, and limited, reasonable regulations. Tax reform and regulatory reform have been good for the economy and family incomes.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Mobility (besides tax reform and regulatory reform). Invest in transportation infrastructure. Mobility of people, goods and ideas is essential for economic growth. Not all walls are bad. Wall Street is named for a wall, and I grew up in a country full of walls and dikes. But look at the purpose and how we implement. The goal is not the wall of itself, but the rule of law in a free and open society.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Ongoing economic growth is essential to support the relatively large government programs and expenditures. A politician cannot guarantee much, but should be careful how other people's money is spent: a dollar can be spent only once. This is also true for politicians. Spend the money on the same programs for which premiums are collected. For many, if not most elderly citizens, social security income is most of it. Protect economically vulnerable citizens if some scaling back proves unavoidable and don't wait till the economy and the markets will be doing it to us.

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

Am running my own campaign as a citizen politician without a Candidate Committee. Broad working experience of over 30 years with people of all ranks of life, and working with institutions. Precinct Committeeperson since 2008. I believe more common sense is needed among our State's representatives. Started running for office in local races after seeing only one name on ballots in my district, which seemed to me more befitting a soviet republic: equality and brotherly love if you are of the party, but no political freedom for others. We should not be taking freedom for granted. Starting with our education system: Is not it partly from parents where unhealthy peer pressure in highs schools is coming from?

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

Dear Fellow Citizen: Under our Declaration of Independence, we are "endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". With those Rights come responsibility, but many scoffers abuse other Americans. When government maintains order with justice, and promotes opportunity and freedom for all, Americans can be unified and happy. I want to see better choices in transportation spending-more lanes, not just light rail. And I want to see federal policies that promote good health, not just drug company profits. With best wishes for your good health and prosperity, I ask you to vote for me. John Verbeek


  • University of Georgia, Athens, MBA
  • Nijenrode Business School, Breukelen, BBA
Work & Military
  • Financial Services, 30
  • Washington County Republican Central Committee, Precinct Committeeperson, Delegate to the ORP
  • State Representative, Sought 2016
  • State Senator, Sought 2014, 2012

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