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Elinor Swanson

Libertarian , Montana


Elinor Swanson
U.S. Rep. (At Large)

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Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


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.

No Answer

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.

No Answer

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.

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.


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."

No Answer

I support sanctuary cities.


It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.


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.


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


I voted in these primaries and general elections:

No Answer

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Generally speaking, there is no legal obligation to help another person unless (a) your own conduct has unreasonably put that person at risk or (b) you have consented to assist that person and that person has relied on your consent. Regarding (a) - the government should not define what it means to unreasonably risk pregnancy, as that determination is highly subjective and culturally relative. Regarding (b) - if under all the circumstances it would be reasonable to conclude that the pregnant woman consented to the pregnancy - if, for example, she knew she was pregnant for months and did not seek an abortion - then she cannot arbitrarily withdraw that consent. The pregnant mother may in that case withdraw consent and end the pregnancy only if the nature of the pregnancy unexpectedly and substantially changes, such that her health or life is significantly endangered.

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

Radical Islamic terrorism is a direct threat to national security, and our country should take whatever steps necessary to defend itself. That said, we need to stop intervening in other countries' affairs in situations unrelated to national security - no moneys given, no sanctions, no threat of war unless it is truly for self defense - neither taxpayers nor our military service members signed up for that.

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

The urge to gain power and inappropriate authority over one another's lives, violating individual rights and liberties - the tendency towards tyranny.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe religion should be a private matter, and I would never want to use my religion to gain political clout. As I have disclosed elsewhere, I am Christian. I believe in the non-aggression principle as a reiteration of the Golden Rule: "do not do unto others as you would not have others do unto you," or, "do not initiate, or threaten to initiate, violence against another's person or property." The purpose of law is to define and prohibit harm, or evil - other than that, it should leave us alone so that each individual has personal autonomy to learn how to be good in the ways s/he sees fit. That is the foundation of freedom.

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?

No Answer

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

The words "conservative" and "liberal" are too easily misunderstood without a precise definition. All of my policy positions, including both my values and my views, are easily accessible on my campaign page. Where I have not answered here, I may have agreed in part and disagreed in part with the question or otherwise found the question impossible to accurately answer - please see my website or contact me for clarification.

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

Free markets work best, while also legally defining and prohibiting harm.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

As little as possible.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Government should not pick winners and losers - treat every individual equally, regardless of marital status, charitable giving, or other form of difference.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Eliminate or reduce the minimum wage and regulations, decrease the corporate tax rate, and replace monies given to entities (which lends itself to corruption) with direct redistribution to individuals.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Make the monies coming in match the monies going out, even if that means raising the budget (by cutting budgets in other areas) or decreasing spending - we should at least offer people the option not to accept it!

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

I am a wife, mother of 4, and attorney. I don't believe people need much education or experience to eliminate bad laws and leave people free to live as they wish. That is a philosophy easily applied to many areas of law, and does not require complicated centralized planning.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:, (406) 598-0515,

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

My main priority is fiscal responsibility - its time to balance the budget NOW, not 10 years from now (or never). We need to live within our means, not tax future generations without representation. Other than that, I firmly believe in individual rights and liberties. All of my views and values are public on, and I am happy to directly answer anyone with questions or concerns.


  • Pomona College, Claremont, B.A., 2004
  • Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, J.D., 2014
Work & Military
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  • Low-income pediatric clinic - U of CO, Volunteer
  • Small Business Legal Clinic - Law school, Volunteer
  • Legal Clinic for low-income clients - Law school, Volunteer
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Volunteer
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