Candidate Profile
Rick Edmonds Jr.

Republican, Louisiana

Biography

Panel Rating

Very Conservative

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), 2019:  100%, 100% (cum.)
Right to Life LA (LARTL), 2019:  100%
American Conservative Union LA, 2018:  78%, 74% (cum.)

91%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Others

3
EastPAC/Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA), National Federation of Independent Business Louisiana PAC

Reported by Candidate

3
Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, Louisiana Chemical Association

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Republican Young Professionals (2017), State Republican Party Organizations (2018)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Billy Nungesser (2019), National Federation of Independent Business (2019), State Republican Party Organizations (2019)

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?

Abortion should not be allowed under any circumstances.


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?

The best way to bring down unemployment is to bring new business to Louisiana. Many companies chose to go to Texas or other neighboring states because of lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a much better legal environment. If we lower our taxes, decrease burdensome regulations, and fix our legal environment, businesses will come to Louisiana and they will bring jobs with them.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Bring in businesses through incentives Spend as little as possible and keep taxes as low as possible Ensure every child has a quality education regardless of race, income or zip code


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?

The biggest thing that can be done to reduce the cost of healthcare and increase the accessibility of healthcare is allowing individuals and businesses to purchase health insurance across state lines. We are seeing more and more health insurance companies pull out of Louisiana. This creates less competition and higher prices for consumers. If we allow consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines, it would increase competition, decrease prices, and increase affordability. We also need to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation to be passed during my lifetime.


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 Founding Fathers saw first hand what happens when one person has too much power -- the King of England. They wanted to make sure something like a King being in power would never happen in the United States of America. This is why they created separate executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Each branch has its powers and responsibilities that cannot be taken away by any other branch.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit; perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. I believe He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. I believe God created man, male and female in the image of God and free from sin. I believe that man because of his fall in Adam, is a sinner by nature and choice and is therefore spiritually dead, in need of salvation. I believe in salvation by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. I believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith alone, apart from any human merit, works or ritual. Salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.


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.

I have served as a conservative watchdog in the House of Representatives. I have not only voted against the outrageous taxes proposed by Governor Edwards, but I also authored/co-authored several budget transparency bills that implement important spending reforms. WhenU ran for office in 2015, I committed to being a conservative leader in the House and promised to vote against tax increases on our families and small businesses. I have done just that, being named one of the most conservative members of the House by Jeff Sadow. I have also been a leader as it pertains to pro-life issues. I passed legislation that has made Louisiana a more pro-life and a more adoption-friendly state. My bills have undoubtedly helped our state achieve its highest number of adoptions this past year. With the events that have occurred in New York and Virginia, I know it is more important than ever to stand for life.

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

I have served as a Senior Pastor as several very large churches. I have served as a school administrator for a large Christian school and I have served as a State Representative for the last 4 years. When I ran for State Representative in 2015, I promised the voters of my district that I would vote against all tax increases and I would be pro-life. During my four years in the legislature, I voted against all tax increases and I voted for every piece of pro-life legislation. I fulfilled my promises to my district and I believe that qualifies me for another four years.

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

rick@rickedmonds.com and 225-317-7425

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

I have taken a stand for Louisiana values on all fronts. Whether it be for pro-2nd Amendment policies or school choice measures, I have authored and supported policies that the majority of my constituents support. I also spent time in the legislature working to make a better state for our police officers and our veterans, supporting bills that help support the widows of our fallen heroes. I also commissioned a study that will eventually help veterans translate their military skills into jobs here at home.


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

  • East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, TX, Bachelor of Arts, 1979
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, Master of Divinity, 1990

Work & Military

  • Bethany Church (Baton Rouge, LA), Senior Advisor to the Pastor, 2017 - 2019
  • Louisiana Family Forum (Baton Rouge, LA), Vice President, 2014 - 2016
  • Calvary Baptist Church (Shreveport, LA), Senior Pastor, 2002 - 2014
  • First Baptist Church (Temple Terrace, FL), Senior Pastor, 1995 - 2002

Affiliations

  • Louisiana Baptist Convention, President's 2020 Commission
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Member
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Advisory Board & Board of Directors
  • Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association, Chair of Nominating Committee
  • Tampa Baptist Association, Executive Board
  • Southern Baptist Convention, Committee on Nominations
  • Louisiana High School Athletic Association, Member
  • Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Member

Offices

  • Louisiana State Representative, District 66, Held 2015 - current
  • Louisiana State Representative, District 3, Sought 1983
  • Louisiana Secretary of State, Sought 2018

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