Candidate Profile
Kerry Wolff

Republican , Illinois

Biography

Name
Kerry Wolff
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 15
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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Questionnaire

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 when necessary to save the life of the mother.


Economy

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?

The goal of Social Security should be to protect seniors from living in poverty. It will take a combination of measures, including to allow workers to save a portion in individual accounts to provide more growth of savings and a larger nest egg at retirement. That will allow a more affluent retirement without as much reliance on Social Security. We need a retirement age which better reflects longer lifespans; inflation adjustments which better reflect seniors' spending; and lessor benefits for middle and upper-income earners. The focus should be helping everyone save for a better retirement, thereby reducing reliance on the system while providing a reliably funded safety-net so no seniors are left in poverty.

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

Cut waste and fraud. Eliminate duplicate programs. Defund Planned Parenthood. Decentralize portions of the federal government.

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

While student loan debt is a gigantic problem, requiring those without student loan debt to become responsible through taxes for paying off others' loans is wrong.


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.

Yes   

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

The federal government may not establish a religion or promote a favored religion. Neither may it restrict the religious freedoms of its citizens.


Healthcare

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?

Allow insurance companies to compete across state lines, and seek to increase competition in the insurance industry so costs can be driven down. Allow individuals, associations, companies, etc. to go together to spread risk and receive more cost-competitive rates.


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?

Name it and admit there is an element within Islam that seeks to control all others and is willing to use violence to achieve its objectives. With that understanding, then seek to prevent radicalized individuals from entering the U.S., and actively defeat combatants in theatres of military conflict.


Immigration

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.

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?

Immigration policy should be in alignment with an understanding of how many immigrants our country is capable of assimilating in a given period of time. Preference should be given to two groups. First to those who will arrive with skill-sets that are in demand, and the ability to immediately be self-sufficient and contribute to our economic growth. Second, to individuals who are truly refugees fleeing life-threating situations. In all cases, individuals should desire to assimilate into American society, and become Americans who honor our Constitution and believe in the cause of freedom and liberty.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

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.

Lutheran - we are saved by grace alone and called to love and serve our neighbors.


Qualifications

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.

(Did not answer)

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

Never.

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

Washington is currently overrun by an elite political class who is more interested in fighting each other in a scorched-earth battle for control, rather than doing what's right or representing the best interests of their constituents back home. I'll go to Washington to represent you, not the establishment.


Criminal Justice

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

Neutral   


2nd Amendment

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

Restricting law-abiding citizens' gun ownership rights will not protect public safety.


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?

Make permanent the Trump tax cuts. Secure the border. Decentralize the federal government by moving strategic portions of U.S. Departments to lower-cost regions of the country, targeting industry alignment.

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

The Declaration of Independence and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution brilliantly declare that all Americans are equal under the law. This should be the ideal to which we all live.


Background

Education
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, B.S., 1990
  • Altamont Community High School, Altamont, Diploma, 1985
Work & Military
  • American Society of Agronomy, Certified Crop Specialist, 7
  • NABCEP, Photovoltaic Associate, 3
Affiliations
  • Altamont Lutheran Interparish School, President, Board of Directors
  • Illinois Farm Bureau, Member
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • U.S. Holstein Association, Member
  • Illinois Holstein Association, Member
  • Altamont Lutheran School Endowment Committee, Member
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Representative to ALIS School Board
  • Huntingburg Kiwanis, Vice President
Offices
  • Altamont CUSD #10 School Board, Held 3
 

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