Candidate Profile
Michael Reese

Republican, Louisiana

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority

Others

3
Louisiana Loggers Association and PAC, Louisiana Motor Transport Association, WestPAC/Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)

Reported by Candidate

3
LA Committee to Elect a Conservative Majority, LA Association of Business and Industry, LA Chemical Association, LA Hospital Association, LA Mid-Continent Oil and Gas, LA Motor Transport Association

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
7
Clay Higgins (2018), Donald Trump (2016), Garret Graves (2015), John Fleming (2016), Mike Johnson (2018), Ralph Abraham (2017), Rodney Alexander (2014)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Magnolia PAC (2019)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Mary Landrieu (2013)

Summary

20%

LIBERAL

80%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only to save the life of the mother.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

We must support small businesses and entrepreneurs in every way we can, ensure future generations get the education needed to succeed, decrease the regulation on businesses, and cut taxes to create more jobs.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The economy will be best supported by limiting the influence of government in the process. Government can be most effective by providing good education opportunities, removing regulation and providing a competitive tax structure.


Religious Liberty

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

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree

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

This is a complex topic that requires a longer response than is available in this form, but below are some important elements: * Improve public health by improving education, lifestyle choices, economic opportunity and environmental conditions to create a more healthy population. * Focus on preventative healthcare to reduce the reliance upon high cost treatments in an emergent care environment. * Allow health insurance to be purchased across state lines. * Transparency in pricing of medical services and pharmaceutical costs. * Expansion of HSA benefits.


National Security

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

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree


Education

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.

Strongly Agree

I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Strongly Disagree

If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Strongly Disagree

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

The Founders of our great nation knew that absolute power corrupts absolutely. By God's guidance, they separated our government into three equal branches with limited power so that they would keep one another from becoming more powerful than the people.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. My faith in God and His guidance is the foundation I rely upon.


Qualifications

I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election

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.

www.reeseforlouisiana.com/about.html

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

I am a small business owner and community volunteer across the entire region. I founded Ft Polk Progress in 2005 where we began pulling together a team across our region to coordinate the efforts of the local, regional, State and Federal officials to support and protect Ft Polk, one of our state's largest employers. In addition it is home to over 8,300 of our country's military heroes. This experience has given me the opportunity to build teams with our elected officials and produce results for the military and people of Louisiana. I have also served on the Central LA Economic Development Alliance where we work to attract, retain and promote new business in our state, as well as build a trained and ready workforce. This experience has allowed me to best understand barriers to success in economic growth in our state. As the Chairman of the $270mil Rapides Foundation, we managed our partial ownership of Rapides Regional Hospital as well as $10mil in annual community health grants.

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

mike.reese@reeseforlouisiana.com 337-509-7140

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

Boards: Ft Polk Progress Merchants and Farmers Bank Central LA Economic Dev Alliance Gulf Coast Strategic Hwy Coalition LA Military Advisory Council Association of the US Army Christmas with a Trooper Other Associations: Leesville Lions Club Association of Defense Communities Cenla Chamber Vernon Chamber Beauregard Chamber Southwest Alliance West Cal Chamber LA Motor Transport Association LA Bankers Association


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.

Strongly Agree

Background

Education

  • University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, BA, 1998

Work & Military

  • (Candidate did not provide)

Affiliations

  • Leesville Lion's Club, Past President
  • Rapides Foundation, Chairman
  • Association of the United States Army, Executive Board
  • Christmas with a Trooper, Executive Board
  • Vernon Chamber, Past President
  • Beauregard Chamber, Member
  • Southwest Alliance, Member
  • Fort Polk Progress, Chairman

Offices

  • Republican State Central Cmte, Held 2002
 

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