Candidate Profile
Debbie Lesko

Republican , Arizona

Biography

Name
Debbie Lesko
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 8
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

FreedomWorks, 2018:  100%, 100% (cum.)
National Federation of Independent Business AZ, 2013-14:  100%
Heritage Action, 2017-18:  97%, 97% (cum.)
Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), 2012:  95%
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2017-18:  88%, 88% (cum.)
Goldwater Institute AZ, 2012:  68%
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  50% (cum.)

85%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Planned Parenthood Advocates of AZ, 2015:  0%

0%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

10
Campaign for Working Families, Government is Not God PAC, Great America PAC, House Freedom Fund, Jan Brewer, Rep. Jim Jordan and 4 more

Others

1
Governor Doug Ducey

Reported by Candidate

6
AZ Fraternal Order of Police, National Right to Life, AZ Police Association, Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, National Federation of Independent Businesses

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
Don Bacon, Mike Coffman, North Carolina Leadership Fund, Steve Knight
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
41
Associated Builders and Contractors, Brett Guthrie, Citizens United, CMR, Congressional Leadership Fund, Conservative Opportunity Leadership and Enterprise PAC and 35 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Airline Pilots Association

Summary

3%

LIBERAL

97%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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.

Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

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.

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.

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."

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.

No Answer

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

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?

To protect the life of the mother.

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

Maintain a strong military.

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

Centralized power by few leads to tyranny of many.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian, regularly attend Baptist Church, am pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious 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?

Conservative

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

Strong Conservative Voting Record in AZ Senate and House and now U.S. House of Reps. Endorsed by National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, AZ Free Enterprise Club and Concerned Women for America.

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

Free markets, consumer choice, price transparency, shop across state lines.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Create a low-tax and low-government regulation environment.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Simplify the tax code.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Lower taxes and decrease regulations

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Protect it for the people relying on it and reform it for future enrollees, similar to my work on pension reforms in the AZ State Senate that saved taxpayers billions and the preserved the system for the future.

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

Happily married mother of 3 and 2 grandchildren. Current Congresswoman for AZ Congressional District 8. Served 9 years in the AZ Senate and House in leadership roles. Volunteered in schools, community, and Republican Party for 20 years. Self-Employed prior to serving in AZ Legislature.

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

Debbie@DebbieLeskoForCongress.com

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

I am Blessed and honored to serve as your Congresswoman from AZ District 8. Thank you for placing your confidence in me. Please feel free to contact me anytime.


Background

Education
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, BBA, 1981
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Faith House-Domestic Violence Shelter, Advisory Council
  • AZ Republican Party, Officer
  • Maricopa County Republican Party, Officer
  • Legislative District 9 Republican Party, District Chairman
  • Arrowhead Republican Women, 1st Vice President
Offices
  • Congresswoman, Held 4 months
  • AZ State Senator & Rep., Held 9 years
 

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