Candidate Profile
Ron Bassilian

Republican , California


Ron Bassilian
U.S. Rep., Dist. 37

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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.

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.


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.

Strongly Agree

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.


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."


I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

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.


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 Democratic Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Democratic Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Democratic Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Democratic Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I don't believe in late term abortions. First trimester I can look the other way. I also feel like Planned Parenthood is now campaigning for the Democrats and thus are not deserving of federal funding.

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

The government cannot use religious language in any of its programs. Terrorism is terrorism. Any organization which supports or funds terrorists should be pursued with the full force of the law.

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

The fact that we are inherently moral beings, and that freedom is moral freedom, not libertine freedom. Plato laid out this framework in his dialogues on the trial and death of Socrates.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I'm an observant Jew. My Judaism is my private life, one I only share with members of my faith, and I firmly believe in separation of Church and State. But I see moral common ground with other faiths. Likewise do we find similar things to be offensive.

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'm running because I'm finding basic liberal values to be under attack - the very concept of citizenship is being undermined by the Democrats' appeal to illegal immigrants. I also am horrified by the undermining of law enforcement, a keystone of a liberal society. However, on other issues I part from the conservative platform. I have a libertarian bent which tells me government can't regulate guns or abortions, as strong as people's moral opinions may be on these issues. I also believe climate change is real and caused by humans, though I differ with the left on how to combat it.

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

We need to go after regulations and make it more competitive. Too many doctors are dropping out because the regulations and barriers to entry are so prohibitive, only the major players can remain.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

By keeping its grubby paws out of it. Government should only get involved when some players are so powerful that they undermine Democracy itself. Otherwise, any industry government gets involved in, it ruins.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

I'd like to see it simpler. Fewer loopholes to benefit people with big accountant budgets.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Make it easier to hire people.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Stop skimming off the top to fund other things.

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

Other than being a political science major? I was involved in the left in my 20s. Much like Christopher Hitchens or David Horowitz, I know all their tricks and all their flaws. I understand we are in a cultural and spiritual battle. By that I mean the left is not interested in a debate or discussion of ideas. They are here to dominate the public sphere and will shut us out by any means necessary.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 424-352-0490

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

My campaign rests on three issues I always thought were bipartisan: Supporting law enforcement Keeping a legal immigration system Defending American values here and abroad These are the issues that got me off the couch. These are the issues that determine whether we are a country, and which will win us the election. Any issue beyond that, I believe the GOP is a big tent party and we can make allowances for debate and discussion.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, BS Mathematics, 1997
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, BA Political Science, 1997
Work & Military
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  • Culver City Landlord Tenant Mediation Board, Officer
  • GOP 54th Assembly District Central Committee, Member
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