Candidate Profile
Thomas "John" Nelson

Republican , Alaska


Thomas "John" Nelson
U.S. Rep., At Large

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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.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

What part of Thou shall do no murder do we not understand?


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure 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   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

privatize it.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

I would work to remove all unconstitutional spending. This includes most alphabet agencies.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

None. I paid off a 6 figure debt, and it took a long time. I didn't file for bankruptcy to stick the bill to those who trusted in me. I gave them (bankers) my word that I would pay it off, and I did. Was it painful? Yes! but I kept my word.

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   

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

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Our government should make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Additionally, The government has no business in the affairs of our churches.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Restore our hospitals to a not-for-profit institution. Charity was the original foundation of our healthcare system. Give tax credits for those individuals and businesses who want to give to the hospitals.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.


What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Quit funding them.


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   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

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   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.


Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

We have a process for immigration. We need to enforce proper immigration practices. This would include increased border patrol and more controlled entry-points. I would create harsher penalties for illegal entry. All current illegals in our country, I would give them 30 days to register, or face deportation. then extend the time to allow them proper entry, but withhold benefits (Social Security, medicare/Medicaid, until they were properly vetted and allowed legal citizenship.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born again Christian and believe that all religions are man made. My relationship to my maker is my spirituality and personal to me. I do my best to live by the golden rule and believe that all men (and women) are created equal. Our Liberties are freedoms with morality. My rights end, where others begin.


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.

while my views are conservative, I do believe that we must get back to the Constitution as our guiding principles. The Constitution is neither a left or right issue, but rather guiding principles that are created for a moral and just society.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


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

Alaska is facing a serious issue. We have one living Congressman. He is presently 87 years old, has served for 47 years and he is not getting any younger. We will go from Hero to Zero, from Dean of the House to Junior Congressman no matter what we do. It's time Alaskans vote in a new Congressman to take the reins of Congress to serve the people of Alaska. We must not allow our only living Congressman to pass away in office, before we can transition to a new Representative. Our next Representative need not be appointed through nepotism. We need someone who will stand for all Alaskans and defend our constitutional rights. Alaskans need access to the wisdom of our old Congressman, while he is still living and able to give advice to assist our new Congressman to navigate the halls of Congress. That is why I am running for U.S. House of Representatives.

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

I would work to introduce legislation to make it illegal to attack our 2nd amendment rights. IF someone wants to live in a country that does not have gun rights, they can go live in a different country.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

As a financial advisor, I am held to a higher standard than our elected officials. Every 2 years I am required to take 20 hours of continuing education which includes 4 hours of ethics. I would introduce legislation with mandatory training of our constitution, including ethics training. Then I would hold our elected officials accountable/liable for violations to include stronger penalties and including jail-time for violations, insider trading and back-room deals. Next, I would enforce our anti-trust laws on social media giants and big tech companies. Ensure that they justly compensate individuals for the use of their private information and have stricter guidelines for protecting privacy. Then I would work to amend the JONES ACT, to strengthen our ship building, increase production of ice-breakers and reduce commerce costs for transportation within our supply lines.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

I condemn all forms of racism, violence and acts of racial supremacy. Liberty is freedom with morality. My liberties end, where others begins. We must do a better job at teaching morality to our children, and future generations.


  • Anchorage Community College, Anchorage, 1985
Work & Military
  • Industry Specific Training, Financial Advisor
  • APMA, Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor
  • FINRA, Securities Licenses 6,7,63,66
  • Liberty FIrst Alaska, President
  • Joe Miller Campaign, Treasurer
  • Rotary, Member
  • Amy Demboski Campaign, Volunteer
  • Chugiak High School Football Booster, Volunteer
  • Chugiak Youth Sports Association, Past President/Coach
  • Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Member
  • Civil Air Patrol, Cadet
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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