Candidate Profile
Rusty Autry

Republican , Louisiana


Rusty Autry
State Rep., Dist 84

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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.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

If abortions is allowed at all it should be in circumstances where the mothers life is in danger. In cases of rape or incest, especially when victim is a minor.

iVoterGuide Note:  After the voter guide was published, candidate stated that he intended to answer "I do not favor abortion for any reason."


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.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.


What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Unemployment is less of a problem than underemployment. Too many citizens work multiple jobs to make ends meet. Our economy has shifted to a service and retail based economy - these jobs do not pay well. The U.S. should focus on rebuilding infrastructure and attracting manufacturing industry. Reducing the number of people in the workforce by making single income families a priority through incentive's to keep one parent home with young children instead of subsidizing child care. Increase Social Security payments so older workers are not forced to stay employed part-time, unless that is what they want. Encourage small homes that are more affordable for families with a single income. Require publicly traded companies to pay a living wage to full-time workers (35 hours or more). Encourage Corporations to increase wages - not benefits. Do not force employers to offer healthcare or other expensive benefits. Raise wages and allow workers to acquire their own insurance and retirement.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The Government should negotiate trade agreements and regulate domestic policies in a way that minimizes inflation and deflation - by providing a stable system that is both predictable and cyclical. Regulation and deregulation as needed to encourage new industries and manage new markets. Develop global trade network that allow international commerce seamlessly and quickly. The Federal Reserve should remain a private entity that is independent of political interests. Monetary policy should not be based on political interests or even boosting economy - but solely on stability. Government should not play a role in boosting the economy as much as allowing growth through wise and prudent policies. If politicians are allowed to boost or shrink U.S. economy - the country will always suffer as those politically connected individual and industries benefit at taxpayers expense.

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.


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.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.



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?

Start with honest assessment. Currently 25% of ALL Medicare Costs are spent on folks over 65 in THE LAST YEAR OF LIFE. This is frankly an unwise and unkind system that favors elderly unhealthy people over others. When the healthcare system spends so much on people in the last year of life - there are fewer resources for others. The industry is not going to change because it is good business. Spending resources on very sick elderly has no down side because the eventual outcome is always death and there is very little risk of malpractice. The quality of care is not good just expensive. Type 2 diabetes is the greatest threat to our way of life. If we do not tackle this 100% preventable disease it will bankrupt Medicaid and Medicare. In 2017 Diabetes and complications caused by Diabetes cost $327 BILLION. Start with reducing Type 2 Diabetes and then address expensive end of life care. Solving these two problems are first steps. Free market will work once the playing field is adjusted.

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.


I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.


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.



Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.



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?

The fear of tyranny. The desire to limit government's ability to extract money from citizens. The desire to prevent the development of a strong large central Government with a large standing military. The desire to create balance and guarantee a responsive Government that was capable of change when directed by citizens.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born again Christian who has a constant ongoing conversation with the Holy Spirit. I believe Jesus is God's Son. I believe Jesus literally died and rose from the dead. Christ offers forgiveness and relationship with himself. I believe Christ commands us to love others and prefer others over ourselves. All humans regardless of race, country of origin, gender, or religion - deserves our love and compassion. We are commanded by Christ to be a light in the world and through our life draw others to His truth.


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?

Somewhat Conservative

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

I believe that a two parent family with a mother and a father is the foundation of all societies. I believe that a government's main priorities are clean water, protect environment from over-development which would lead to collapse, provide economic stability through monetary system (currency), provide infrastructure development and industry regulation, provide for defense, and negotiate foreign affairs (treaties and trade agreements). Outside of these most basic services citizens should have the ability to grow or shrink government based on the needs of society. Healthcare and education were not part of the Founding Father's vision for the Federal Government but neither was a standing military. Entitlement programs were not envisioned at the Constitutional Convention and neither was the income tax. We grow government as we see fit but massive military spending is as contrary to true conservatism as entitlements.

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

I am a lifelong resident of District 84. I started my business in the district -The Olive Branch Cafe- three years after I graduated from John Ehret H.S. I have been in business now 23 years. I went on to get a degree in Political Science from UNO. I cherish the support of our community and my life's mission is to give back what my community has given to me. Through service to my church and other organizations and financial support of countless charitable causes- I have demonstrated my love and compassion for our community. As a citizen, husband, father, and business man I know our state's struggles and like you I am tired of politicians and their empty promises. I am not connected to any "political machine". My campaign is grassroots. Term limits SHOULD bring - new faces, new ideas, and renewed energy to get things done.

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

As your Representative I will never be in the "pocket" of any elite interest group or political party. I believe in moral clarity- I will always PUT THE FOLKS FIRST. I will fight hard to: 1) bring down our insurance rates through tort reform 2) raise our minimum wage as most other states have already done 3) rebuild our coast through diversion projects and dredging

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.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.



  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Bachelor, 2015
  • John Ehret High School, Marrero, Diploma, 1994
Work & Military
  • The Olive Branch Cafe, owner/operator, 23
  • Cornerstone Christian Center, member, leader, contributor
  • Young Life, volunteer, contributor
  • Community Center for Life, volunteer, contributor
  • Cub Scouts - BSA, Leader
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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