Candidate Profile
Gus Rantz

Republican, Louisiana

Biography

Name
Gus Rantz
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist 31
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative

Endorsements

Others

1
WestPAC/Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)

Reported by Candidate

1
Louisiana Hospital Association

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
8
Charles Boustany Jr. M.D. (2015), Clay Higgins (2018), Eye of the Tiger PAC (2018), Mo Brooks (2017), Rodney Alexander (2013), State Republican Party Organizations (2017) and 2 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Georgia PAC (2016)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Mary Landrieu (2013)

Summary

19%

LIBERAL

81%

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?

Following counseling and education on options and the process: In very limited circumstances in which the mother's health is in jeopardy. In cases of Rape and Incest.


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.

Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

A robust Economy, and lack of incentives not to work.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The role of Government is akin to that of a referee, the less we are talking about them after the game, the better job they probably did. Government cannot in the long term boost the economy, but it CAN provide stability in the legal, educational, regulatory, criminal justice and infrastructural sectors to incubate untold amounts of opportunity for jobs. In short, if Government does its actual job, makes good long term policy decisions and less short-term emotional decisions, the market will respond.


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.

Neutral

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?

The focus on healthcare coverage is misplaced. Care is the only thing that matters. The only way to bring down the cost of care is to unlock the hands of the providers, and put the patients back into the driver seat of their care. I think a pool for those truly in need makes sense and is our obligation. But the system we have now is still leaving the most in need out in the cold (See those with special needs seeking help with home aid).


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.

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.

Disagree

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

The very Nature of mankind is why they limited government. We are susceptible to the seven deadly sins. Separate government and limited power ensure that no one person or idealogue can take over our individual liberties and beliefs.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Catholic born and raised and educated.


Qualifications

I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 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.

Capitalism works because its core tenant is competition, which gives every person optionality in the marketplace. This is not "efficient" but it isn't designed to be. Competition creates the unending quest for innovation. Ultimately every individual is more powerful, because they are driving the economy by their decisions, and businesses succeed on their merit, rather than government connections. This is at the heart of the conservative movement. A well run government should be putting itself out of business as the private sector takes over the economic engine and provides opportunity.

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

I have a law degree and have spent the last 15 years of my career turning around specialty post acute hospitals all around the country. I've built a multistate business employing over 2000 people and seen it through an economic downturn, brought on by governmental regulations that where uninformed. We made tough decisions, adjusted and worked through it to be successful again. The one constant I have learned about turning around failing businesses (that can be applied to government) is that in order to change your future, you have to stop doing what you've been doing. I want to lead Louisiana to a bright future in the same way.

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

gus@gusrantz.com

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

The best part of me is my family. Three amazing kids and a phenomenal wife have put their faith in me. I'm asking you to do the same.


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

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.

Neutral

Background

Education

  • LSU Paul M Hebert Law School, Baton Rouge, BCL & JD, 2005

Work & Military

  • (Candidate did not provide)

Affiliations

  • St. Pius X Church, Member
  • Ragin Cajun Athletic Foundation, Board Member

Offices

  • US Representative District 3, Sought 2016
 

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