Candidate Profile
Scott McKnight

Republican, Louisiana

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority

Others

4
Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter (ABC Pelican), EastPAC/Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), Louisiana Home Builders Association LHBA, National Federation of Independent Business Louisiana PAC

Reported by Candidate

4
LCCM, NFIB, ABC, LHBA

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Republican Party Organizations (2018)

Summary

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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?

I am 100% pro-life.


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 stop our state government’s intrusion and burdening of the private sector, and we must reform our tax, budget and legal systems to foster a fair, inviting business environment. If we don’t, we’ll continue losing out to other more hospitable states.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

None. The government should step aside and let the free market work.


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?

There needs to be significant deregulation of the industry along with the implementation of other free market solutions.


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.

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?

Mankind’s desire for individual liberty and freedom led to the carefully defined, separated and limited powers outlined in the Constitution.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a life-long Christian and member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. My faith guides me in all of my life’s decisions, and it has made me the man I am today.


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.

I am an extremely active member of my church and children’s Catholic school, and my activities and contributions to each is well-documented.

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

As a businessman, job creator and multiple college degree holder, my experience has armed me with the tools I need to solve the state’s key issues and open Louisiana back up for businesses seeking to invest. I will use all of my professional, education and personal experience to make Louisiana a place where liberty and opportunity is available to all citizens.

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

scott@mcknightforla.com ; 225-242-9811

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

I am the most pro-economic growth and pro-liberty candidate in this race. I will fight for taxpayers and working families in my district and across Louisiana.


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.

Disagree

Background

Education

  • LSU, Baton Rouge, Bachelor's, 2003
  • LSU, Baton Rouge, MBA, 2006

Work & Military

  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Reserve Deputy, 8 years

Affiliations

  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Reserve Deputy
  • Cancer Services of Baton Rouge, Board Member
  • Companion Animal Alliance, Board Member
  • Better Business Bureau, Board Member
  • Woman's Hospital Foundation, Board Member
  • Association of Builders and Contractors, Board Member
  • Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Board Member
  • World Broker's Network, Social Media Committee Member

Offices

  • Louisiana State Senate, Sought 2015
 

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