Candidate Profile
Tim Donnelly

Republican , California


Tim Donnelly
U.S. Rep., Dist. 8

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Michelle Malkin

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State Republican Party Organizations (2014)
Leadership Institute (2018), Liberty for Us Super PAC (2018), Morton Blackwell (2018), Phyllis Schlaflys Eagle PAC (2018), Richard & Elizabeth Uihlein (2019)







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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?

Only to protect the life of the mother.


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?

We need to create incentives for people to provide for their own retirements. The current system is a massive financial disaster, that will soon collapse under the weight of future demand that cannot be met by the current workforce's contributions.

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

First, a 10% spending reduction across the board. Then I would target duplication and waste for elimination. Finally, eliminate departments that are unnecessary like Dept. of Education, or can be better performed by the private sector like: IRS, Import-Export Bank, Or shouldn't exist at all like the Federal Reserve.

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

Only for families who's main source of support has been killed in combat. Paying off loans for that servicemember, spouse or children is a proper thing to alleviate their burden, given that the servicemember died in the service of his/her country.

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?

This country was founded on the concept of protecting Religious Liberty; of keeping the government from forcing a particular religion on it's people, and protecting their right to worship according to their own beliefs. That's it. All the restrictions on people exercising their beliefs in the course of public life are unconstitutional--as the whole idea of 'separation' as it is currently enforced is fraudulent. It was meant to keep the government from infringing on the rights of it's people, period.


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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

Remove restrictions from the private sector, open up competition across state lines, and let the Free Market unleash the tremendous efficiencies that come from an open as opposed to a Gov't controlled marketplace.

National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

1) Ban Travel/Immigration from countries/regions that allow/foster/sponsor terrorism. 2) We need to eradicate political correctness when it comes to Islamic Extremism. 3) It is critical to root out all sleeper cells and sleeper agents within our government, military, media and educational institutions as well as our country at large.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

People of good moral character, who can provide a skill or benefit to our country by letting them in. It should be in the interest of the American people first, then the potential immigrant. No one who came illegally should be allowed to immigrate here unless they go back to their home country and start the process like everyone else. If we don't respect our own laws, why would anyone else?


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 Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Beliefs: I'm a born-again Christian, who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Whose sacrifice atoned for my sins. I believe in the Three Persons of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe our purpose is to Glorify God and give testimony of his Greatness forever. Values: I strive to keep the 10 Commandments, love God with my entire heart, mind and soul and love my neighbor as myself. I believe your


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.

Here's a short history of my own political history, including activism as the Leader of the Minutemen in the State of California, building a wall on the border in protest of our Federal Gov't's failure: I wrote a book about my experiences as a political activist and an Assemblyman, which also incorporates my faith:

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?

I'm the ONLY Trump Republican in this race, so if you like Trump, you'll love me! Godspeed

Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

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

None. We have tens of thousands of gun laws, and restrictions, but only the law-abiding abide those laws. Criminals, would-be mass-murderers simply bypass or break the gun laws to commit whatever evil they're bent on perpetuating upon the innocent. Our focus should be on teaching/training those most likely to be in harm's way to defend themselves and others.

Other Important Issues

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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

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?

1) Voter Integrity Act: Require voter ID in all Federal Elections, and require states to cross-check all voters against all existing government databases (Jury Pool, Death Records, etc) in order to remove all ineligible voters. 2) Will Co-Sponsor the HeartBeat Protection Act, along with a number of other measures to protect unborn life. 3) 2nd Amendment. 50-State CCW reciprocity, protect #2A rights of all law-abiding citizens against red-flag assaults

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

No. This is an issue that has largely been resolved in the United States. If it were not for the constant assertion to the contrary by those who benefit from racial unrest--like the Democrat Party, and the racial grievance lawyers and activists (aka Black Lives Matters, etc.)--our nation would be able to move past this never-ending chapter of our history.


  • University of California, Irvine, English, 1989
Work & Military
  • Donnelly Plastic Equipment, Owner/CEO, 17
  • Pilot Rock Prison Bible Study, Director, Taught for 8 years
  • CA Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, Founder, Leader
  • Committee For SB277 Referendum, Proponent
  • Stop the Dream Act, Proponent
  • AYSO (Youth) Soccer, Director of Under 4 Program
  • AYSO (Youth) Soccer, Coach for 10 years
  • CA State Assembly, Held 2010-2014
  • Governor, Sought 2014

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