Candidate Profile
James Harper

Republican , Louisiana


James Harper
State Rep., Dist 1

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

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?

In circumstances related to rape, incest, or threat to the mother.


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


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


Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

To promote education and skilled trades to provide our citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in the workforce while restricting illegal immigration. Further, we should limit governmental restrictions on businesses to promote economic growth and tax reduction.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The role in the government should be to support American citizens and their ability to seek the American dream through expanding opportunities for education, employment, financial security, and public health while maintaining the infrastructure to support growth and prosperity.

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


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


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

I would reform the insurance industry to reinvest premiums into a system to reduce healthcare cost while promoting free screenings while incentivizing health behaviors and lifestyle promotion of weight reduction, smoking cessation, reduction in alcohol consumption, and exercise. Further, I would reform Medicaid, Medicare, and the Veteran's Health Administration into one system to reduce cost and waste.

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.


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


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


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


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


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


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


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.


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

To provide a system of checks and balances to limit the power of one division of the government.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that religion provides a moral and ethical compass and the bible a guide to which we should live our lives.


I voted in these elections:

2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election, 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?

Somewhat Conservative

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

I believe that we have a responsibility and opportunity to work for what we receive by way of education or trade. I support the 2nd amendment and am pro-life. I believe that people make better decisions with their money than does the government and taxation limits individuals abilities to improve their own life. I believe that a strong country can defend itself with economic stability and a strong military presence. I believe in less government and returning our political power to the people for which it was intended, however, our government has promoted the lack of involvement of our citizens and has devalued the population to remove our national pride and allegience.

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

I am a veteran of the Louisiana National Guard and will receive my fourth and terminal degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Shreveport this Fall. I have been an advocate for the citizens of Louisiana through military service and as a nurse and nurse practitioner for 32 years. I have served on a Governor appointed Nursing Board which protects the public and have high standards and ethical training to promote the well being of all citizens.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 318-347-4542

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

I consider myself to be a populist. I will represent and defend the rights and freedoms of all people. Not just republicans, democrats, or independents. Not persons by a division of any fragment by nature of their characteristics or economic ability. I am a common man and not a politician and will seek to promote the people's will in the political process to increase and restore the belief that our people of this nation should be the influencing factor to which guides the government and not a chosen few of elitists that dictate and control our rights and freedoms.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


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


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.



  • Northwestern State University, Shreveport, ADN, 1992
  • Northwestern State University, Shreveport, BSN, 1995
  • Northwestern State University, Shreveport, MSN, 1999
Work & Military
  • Louisiana National Gurard, Specialist, 1988-1996
  • Registered Nurse-ICU, 2002-2008
  • Nurse Practitioner-Neurosurgery, 2009-Present
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing, Advanced Practice Seat(appointed by Governor), 2002 - 2005
  • Lousiana State Board of Nursing, Advanced Practice Seat
  • Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, member
  • Louisiana State Nurses Association, member
  • American Nurses Association, member
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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