Candidate Profile
Steve Watkins

Republican , Kansas


Steve Watkins
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon



Kansans for Life PAC

Reported by Candidate

With Honor

Selected Contributions


State Republican Party Organizations
Associated Builders and Contractors, Majority Committee PAC, National Rifle Association







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.


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.

Strongly Disagree

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.

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.


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.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

No Answer

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I believe the only circumstances in which abortion should be allowed are in the event of rape, incest or to protect the life of the Mother, based on the opinion of medical professionals.

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

The United States has the most advanced and sophisticated military in the world. As a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and through my work in Iraq as a contractor, I have seen the power of peace through military strength and believe that it is key to eradicating radical Islamic terror.

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

A desire to preserve Democracy, and prevent tyranny.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I attend First United Methodist Church in Topeka, KS - My hometown! I believe strongly in the word of God.

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

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

I am a patriot and a conservative, raised on good heartland values. For information on my policy standpoints, please visit

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

I would like to see a true free-market approach to healthcare put into place. I believe by giving patients the opportunity to pick and chose from a wider range of options and a wider range of providers, whom themselves are able to compete for the best price and service, affordability, accessibility, and adequacy would all improve.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The role of the government is to preserve a capitalistic, free market economy.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

I applaud the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in 2017, I believe it is vital to make sure that money is staying in the pockets of the hard-working American tax payer, and we are insentivising corperations to do business in our country and keep their jobs here. I would love to see those tax cuts made permanent and am looking forward to becoming a part of that change.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Encouraging corporations to keep their business and jobs within our nation is vital to bringing down unemployment, I applaud President Trump for pushing through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that has already made tremendous progress in reducing unemployment in the US.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Gaurenteeing a sustainable Social Security system is a question that has stumped many since the creation of the system itself. While I, myself, do not hold the answers to such a vast and complicated issue, I look forward to having the opportunity to help develop changes and create measures that are sustainable and healthy for our country.

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

I am a graduate of West Point Military Academy, a combat veteran of the US Army Airbourne Rangers and hold advanced degrees from MIT and Harvard. These experiences combined have instilled in me strong characteristics of negotiation, leadership, and dedication.

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

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

I am the only outsider running in the KS02 race. I am ready to take conservative common sense values and military leadership to Congress.


  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, BS, 1999
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, MSRED, 2011
  • Harvard, Cambridge, MA, MCMPA, 2017
Work & Military
  • US Army, Captain, 1995-2005
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • American Legion
  • Topeka First United Methodist Church
  • Pachyderm Club
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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