Candidate Profile
Tom Harrison

Republican , Oregon


Tom Harrison
U.S. Rep., Dist. 3

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National Rifle Association, Oregon Right to Life


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?

None. If there are medical circumstances in which the life of the mother is threatened, the medical goal should still be to save the child also, if possible. This is a matter of triage: save who can be saved. Biology informs us that a gestating human embryo is just that: human. The Declaration reminds us that from the beginning of humanity, all humans have a right to live.

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

1) Fight back, both through alliance and directly, against open attack or threat of attack. 2) Refuse to harbor alien visitors or residents in the United States who advocate for overthrow of the Constitution by force, which is inherent in the commands of Islam toward how to deal with an unconverted population. 3) Continue diplomacy pressure against countries which advocate for forceful conquest by Islam

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

Men are not angels, so require a framework by which to secure their own rights while preventing that framework from becoming powerful enough to abolish those rights.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

There is one God, both merciful and just, Who knew all men would sin, Who condemns all sin, and yet Who provides a path to forgiveness and eternal life to all men, so that no man must perish in his frailness. That path is found in the fully human and fully divine Jesus, Who paid the price for all by accepting death -- the wages for sin -- and then revealed the promise of eternal life by rising from the dead. In response, we are called to extend that offer to the world, seeking first to express God's love -- through our words and actions, treating all with respect, seeing each as one for whom Jesus sacrificed Himself -- for the world He created, and then to introduce them to Jesus and His promise of life.

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?

That is not the duty of limited government, because in order to provide resources for some, the resources of others must be seized, either through taxation against the taxpayer of today, or by debt paid by the taxpayer of tomorrow. The best that government can do to promote healthcare coverage today -- without abandoning promises made in the past -- is to protect rights of people and organizations against fraud and abuse. Secondly, healthcare costs should be completely tax-deductible by the payer, regardless of whose care was paid for, which will encourage cost-sharing.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Minimize regulation to protecting safety and against fraud and abuse, protect property rights of all, rein in abuse of the DMCA (allow right to repair, for example), resist unlimited copyright and patent lifetimes.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Start by reducing government size and scope. As government expense is subsequently reduced, that will allow a slow reversal of the entirely socialist income tax structure (ever consider why it's commonly thought OK to tax people at different rates based upon their incomes? "From each, according to his ability. To each, according to his need.") In the meantime, consider allowing deductions for personal life costs as businesses are allowed to deduct business costs. Right now, the tax code is lopsided, demanding far more personal expenses be paid with after-tax dollars.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

A robust economy refuses to tolerate unused labor resource. Note the recent increase in "will train; no experience necessary" opportunities. Resist the calls for higher minimum wage, which creates a higher barrier for first jobs.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security was built on a deceptive platform, in a time when the average lifespan was shorter than the retirement age. How do you guarantee benefits when we are quickly approaching a time when one current worker must pay for one "retiree" all by himself (in 1945, more than 40 workers were taxed to support one retiree)? It is not reasonable to shut the system off for those depending on it, but it is absolutely necessary to replace it -- as pension reform has revised workplace pensions -- with a system that is funded by each worker and employer, as they negotiate and agree, and that is owned completely by the worker. This replacement must be required of new entrants into the workforce, allowed to those still working if they wish to switch (using a transfer formula to arrive at a "ownership" amount for SS benefits "accrued"), and keeping existing benefit payments in place for those already "retired".

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

Operating a business, signing both sides of checks, along with the accumulated education of 40 years of study of the economic framework of our country. I became a fiscal conservative in 1972, while still an undergraduate at Dartmouth, when confronted for the first time with the understanding that businesses pay no taxes: all payments they make are from sales revenue, and therefore their customers are paying their taxes. That led to continuing education in both tax and government structure, as well as the framework of rights on which that structure is built. What else should government leadership be built upon, other than the understanding of the reasons for its foundational principles: just governments are instituted to protect the rights of all men, including the rights of property which permit prosperity.

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

Tom.Harrison.4.Oregon.CD3@GMail.Com; 503-657-0425

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

Married 43 years, with my wife and 5 equally-conservative, unashamedly-Christian children (and 8 grandchildren) all standing with me in support for this next goal in life.


  • Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, B.A., 1975
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Rivers of Life Church; Portland, member, elder
  • Oregon Republican Party, member
  • Clackamas Cty. Republican Party, (past) House Dist. Captain
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