Candidate Profile
Christine Russell

Republican , California


Christine Russell
U.S. Rep., Dist. 18

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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.


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.

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.


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.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."


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.


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


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?

I believe the Roe V Wade decision is the law of the land and that abortions after the second trimester should only be allowed to save the life of the mother.

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

Domestically, we should have stronger border control and far more stringent screening of those entering the United States, particularly those entering from countries which are known to have terrorists residing. I have no problem with using Guantanamo Bay to hold terrorists captured on the battlefield and I have no problem using the death penalty for those caught conducting terrorist acts within the United States. Internationally, we should continue efforts to root out terrorist organizations using a combination of political, economic and military actions. We also should strongly support those countries which are actively working to uproot Islamic terrorist organizations in their region. It is preferable to defeat these groups before they reach our shores.

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

Our Founders, rightly, were concerned with too much power residing in the national government and executive. Their view of the nature of mankind is best illustrated by the phrase "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The Articles of Confederation initially, and the Constitution a handful of years later, were both designed to protect citizens from an overbearing federal government. Unfortunately we have strayed from this principle and need to return to it.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a lifelong practitioner of the Catholic faith.

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?

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I do not find these labels helpful. I believe in fiscal responsibility. I believe that "the government that governs best governs least" and when government action is needed it should be taken at the level closest to the people affected. I believe laws are made to be enforced and if they become unpopular, the lawmaking process is the proper mechanism to change or eliminate them; "selective enforcement" creates chaos and an increase in criminal activity. In the area of national security, I believe in President Reagan's philosophy of "peace through strength"; appeasement leads to conflict it does not avoid it. I am a conservationist who believes that each of us has a responsibility to conserve our natural resources. On many social issues I generally believe that government should stay out of decisions better left up to individuals and families based on their values; it is not the role of government to dictate "acceptable" values for all unless one's actions put others in harms way.

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

I believe that our health care system has been damaged by the federal government interjecting itself into something that it was not designed to deal with nor does it have the constitutional authority to do so. If "Obamacare" taught us anything, it should have taught us that when the federal government gets into areas outside its authority and its expertise, generally the opposite of the stated goal is the result. I do believe we should have a safety net program for the poor such as Medicaid, but having access to heathcare if far different from requiring everyone to have health insurance. This, of course, resulted in nearly an entire country having more expensive insurance with less coverage, except for those who passed the law or lobbied the Congress for an exception. The free market system worked exceedingly well in the years since WWII, until the federal government starting fiddling around with it. WE need to return to a more free market approach to health care!

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Generally the economy does far better when the government is less involved. What this practically translates to is less taxation of individuals and businesses, less regulation on business activity, and a significant reduction in the size and scope of governments at all levels, particularly the federal government. This does not mean no regulation, but it does mean reasonable regulation where costs and benefits are weighed, and the only regulations that should be considered are those where the benefits outweigh the costs. I also believe that the federal bureaucracy has been given far too much "legislative" authority and this needs to be reined in by requiring all major regulatory changes to be approved by Congress.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The tax liability for individuals and business is still too high. The most recent tax reform was a move in the right direction, but their is still much further reduction necessary. The best solution would be to change our income tax system to a flat tax from the present progressive tax structure. There is no reason why 50% of the population pays virtually no federal income tax (2.75 %) while the top ten percent pay 71%. Every American needs to have a stake in what the government does,however small that amount may be. I also believe it would be useful to eliminate withholding and require all individuals to pay quarterly estimated taxes like businesses do. If everyone had to write a check to the "taxman" four times a year they may be more concerned with how the government spends their hard earned dollars.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The response to the previous question regarding the role government should play in boosting the economy sums up my view perfectly. Government does not create jobs! The private sector is the job creator! The larger the government the more it crowds out the private sector's ability to create jobs. Government at all levels must be smaller! This will create fertile ground for a growing economy resulting in greater private sector expansion, increased job creation which, in turn, reduces unemployment and under employment.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Several things need to be done to make Social Security sustainable. First the retirement age needs to rise as life expectancy rises. When Social Security was created, the average life expectancy was only a few years longer than the age of retirement/collecting Social Security. Also, the disability portion of Social Security is abused and needs to be removed from the retirement equation. Next, Congress needs to stop using Social Security tax dollars for the general purpose with essentially an IOU that one's Social Security benefit will be there for you. Finally, the pensions of all federal government employees need to be phased out, including those in Congress who seem to regularly exempt themselves from the laws they make, and future federal employees need to start paying into Social Security system.

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

Unlike most serving in elected positions, I have spent my career as a finance executive in the private sector living with the consequences of decisions made by our elected leaders. I have been a CFO for 30 years, I serve as director and audit committee chair for two public companies. I am Chairman emeritus of the Silicon Valley Director's Exchange, past president of Financial Executive International, Silicon Valley Chapter, and past president of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter. I also serve on the board of a non-profit organization. Our Founders did not design a system of "permanent" legislators because they understood that the longer one is away from their roots, the more out of touch with regular people they become. They envisioned a government of citizen legislators who would participate in public service for a short time then return to their communities and their livelihood. I agree with this principle which is why I am seeking this seat.

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  • University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, BA, 1971
  • University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, MBA, 1983
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, past president, Silicon Valley chapter
  • Silicon Valley Directors Exchange, chairman emeritus
  • Financial Executive International, past president, Silicon Valley chapter
  • Bulamu Healthcare International, current board member
  • U. Santa Clara Business Advisory Board, Emeritus
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