Candidate Profile
Julie Emerson

Republican, Louisiana

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Right to Life LA (LARTL), 2019:  100%
Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), 2019:  70%, 86% (cum.)
American Conservative Union LA, 2018:  81%, 81% (cum.)

89%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority

Others

5
Louisiana Home Builders Association LHBA, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA), Louisiana State Medical Society (LAMPAC), National Federation of Independent Business Louisiana PAC, WestPAC/Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)

Reported by Candidate

5
Congressman Clay Higgins, LA Oil and Gas Association, LA Association of Business and Industry, LA Right to Life, LA Midcontinent Oil and Gas Association, NFIB

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Eric L. Brakey (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Republican Women's Organizations (2018), Republican Young Professionals (2017), State Republican Party Organizations (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Leadership for LA (2017), National Federation of Independent Business (2019), Steve Carter (2017)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

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?

Life of mother only--and we should safeguard against any type of loopholes that would allow life of mother to be used as a false claim.


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?

By continuing to create jobs--this comes by lowering taxes and cutting regulations and overbearing licensing which makes it possible to do business in Louisiana and in the United States.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Similar to the answer about bringing down unemployment, my overall philosophy is to get government out of the way. Lower taxes, less regulation which allows businesses to open up in our state and country and current employers to expand. This allows employers to give people better jobs with better wages. Employees will be able to have more money to put back into the economy.


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.

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?

Healthcare options need to be expanded across state lines. There needs to be more competition in the market, and we need to move away from more government funded healthcare and put it back into the free market.


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.

Agree

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

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?

I believe that the strong Christian values of our Founders made them realize that only God is all powerful. No one man should have too much power because man is fallen and susceptible to sinful desires and impulses.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in the one, true God and that Jesus is the son of God and the Holy Spirit is God living within His followers. God the Father created man. Man fell and was in need of a Savior. Jesus the Son became flesh on this earth and was the sacrifice for the sins of all men. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but it also tells us that all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Salvation is free to those who have faith in Christ. While faith saves you, it's the daily walk with Christ and striving to be like him that helps us grow in our faith. My favorite verse is Philippians 3:7 "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ." In the following few verses it continues to explain how we are to walk in our faith, growing closer to the Lord and forgetting the gains of the world.


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?

Very Conservative

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

American Conservative Union rating: highest rated legislator in Louisiana LA Right to Life: 100% voting record NRA: A rated for the term LA Association of Business and Industry: 99% voting record for the term

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

I'm a small business owner and also have an MBA. Both of these have led to a greater understanding of how difficult it is to have a small business and keep it going. I've been in business over 8 years now and keeping payroll going can get really tough at times. Taxes are literally always due...payroll taxes, state taxes, federal taxes...always something. I've also served in this office for 4 years now, and I feel that I have been the legislator I said I would be when I ran the first time. I hope my consistency and willingness to meet with anyone who calls me will help keep the voters' confidence in me.

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

campaign@julieemerson.org, 337-886-5314

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

Serving in public office is an honor and a privilege. I've had that great honor of serving over 44,000 people in the Louisiana House for the last 4 years. In those 4 years, we've brought the strong conservative family values of District 39 to Baton Rouge. The chair I sit in on the House floor is not mine, but it belongs to the people I represent. I never take that lightly or this responsibility for granted. I humbly ask for your vote and support once more.


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Neutral

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

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.

Agree

Background

Education

  • Westminster Christian Academy, Opelousas, LA, High School Diploma, 2006
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, Bachelor of Science, 2010
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, MBA, 2013

Work & Military

  • Lagniappe Communications, Owner, 2011-present

Affiliations

  • First Baptist Church, Lafayette, Active Member (1996-present)
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Board of Trustees (2013-present)
  • Republican State Central Committee, Elected Memebr (2012-present)

Offices

  • LA Republican State Central Committee, Held 2012-present

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