Candidate Profile
JD Miniear

Republican , Indiana

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Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2014), State Republican Party Organizations (2018)

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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?

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?

One key to keeping Social Security solvent is continued strong GDP growth brought about by maintaining low tax rates and minimal government intervention in the US economy. I support pro-family and pro-life legislation which increase our nation's birthrate improving the ratio of tax payers to social security benefit recipients.

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

Eliminate the Export-Import Bank. Eliminate the Departments of Energy and Education. Consolidate Medicaid, Obamacare subsidies and children's health insurance programs into block grants to states to more efficiently provide healthcare.

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

I support military members receiving student loan debt forgiveness.


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?

Thomas Jefferson coined the term "separation of church and state" in a letter he wrote January 1, 1802 to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut in response to their fears of government intrusion on the free exercise of their religious liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment. He assured them in his short letter they need not fear the free exercise of religion would ever be interfered with by the federal government as long as he was President. Today's liberal courts have turned the phrase "separation of church and state" 180 degrees around in favor of keeping religious expression out of the public square.


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?

As we have seen with Obamacare government healthcare restricts consumer choice and causes millions of Americans to be kicked off their health insurance. Consolidating Medicaid, Obamacare subsidies and children's health insurance programs into block grants to the states would give states the opportunity to increase affordability and access to healthcare for their citizens.


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?

I support President Trumps's policy of hunting down radical Islamic terrorists and eliminating them. His policy of authorizing the taking out of key terrorist leaders around the globe has a strong effect of demoralizing terrorists and disrupting their jihadist plans. We need to continue to pursue the cutting off of funds to radical Islamic terrorist organizations and the rogue nations that support them. It's paramount we continue to strongly support the nation of Israel our key ally in the Middle East providing intel on radical Islamic terrorism.


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.

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?

I support President Trump's efforts to create a new merit based legal immigration system for America. His plan prioritizes immediate family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Applicants must pass a U.S. civics exam and demonstrate English proficiency. Immigrants must be ready and want to assimilate into the American melting pot. His point based plan prizes skills, high achievement and the potential to contribute to society.


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.

I became a Bible believing Born Again Christian as a 10 year old giving my heart to Christ at a Nicky Cruz Crusade. My wife Kristina is a pastor/evangelist who received her early ministerial training from a Nicky Cruz family member. I strongly support Israel. At Northwestern University I was voted fraternity chaplain and I held an office with the Gideon's International Ministry for 17 years. For 2 decades I was a district coordinator for Methodist Missions in West Africa aiding schools and hospitals. I believe in the works of the Holy Spirit and in personal evangelism. Kristina grew up in Southern California and was a personal friend of the Reagan's. President Ronald Reagan believed America needed spiritual renewal and in 1983 he signed legislation making it the Year of the Bible which I want to see Congress reauthorize. I help promote spiritual renewal with our Harry Hoosier Project educating people on the life of the early American black preacher who gave Indiana its nickname.


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.

1982 founding member of Conservative Campus Newspaper 'Northwestern Review'; Mid 1990'2 Press Liaison for Marion County Christian Coalition; Late 1990's had pro-growth and 1st Amendment editorials published in the Indy Star Newspaper; Officer in the Gideons International Ministry since 1996; Author of article in Human Events strongly defending 2nd Amendment; 2012 Founded Indiana Republican Assembly Chapter of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies; 2012 became co-host on the Conservative Commandos Radio Show; 2013 became member of the Center for Security Policy Secure the Grid Coalition; 2013 became member of EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security; 2014, 2016, 2018 hosted National Security Summits featuring nationally recognized conservative experts; 2015 worked with Indiana Family Association and Indiana Family Institute supporting 1st Amendment Rights

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

NA

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

I'm a 38 year resident of Indianapolis and an elder in Restoring Hope Community Church located on the Indy Westside. My wife Kristina is an ordained pastor there and we both sing in our church choir on Sundays. Last year Kristina did a missions trip to Ukraine with Indiana Right to Life. Some local issues I would strongly focus on as a House Rep in Washington are: insuring we get maximum federal dollars to our city for fighting the opiod crisis and working to reverse the precipitious rise in murders and violent crime in our district. I worked with and supported the Indiana Transportation Museum seeking to keep the annual Fair Train running. I strongly believe excursion passenger trains for events like Colts games and races at the Indy 500 Track can still be brought into fruition helping boost the local economy and alleviate some traffic congestion. Other major cities across the country successfully promote excursion rail trains.


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?

The NRA has stated it has been their long-standing position that those who have been adjudicated as a danger to themselves or others should not have access to firearms and should be admitted for treatment. When it comes to the precious children in our schools predators of gun-free zones have caused mass casualties and I support teachers and school administrators who are trained and have personal carry permits being allowed to protect their students.


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?

I desire to be a member of the EMP Caucus and promote legislation to protect our nation's electric grid and critical infrastructures. I want to be a member of the Freedom Caucus helping to promote personal and economic liberty.

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

Racisim threatens domestic tranquility and security. Liberals seek to create more and more victim classes with every election cycle. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a unified America not a nation broken down into special protected classes receiving privileges from the federal government. I quote the last paragraph of MLK's 1963 I Have a Dream speech below highlighting God and freedom as the best way to stamp out racism. When we allow freedom to ring-- when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, Free at last, Great God almighty, We are free at last."


Background

Education
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA, 1982
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Indiana Republican Assembly, President 2012 - 2019
  • Gideons International, President & VP 1996 - 2016
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, Member 1995 - 2004
  • Marion County Christian Coalition, Press Liaison 1995 - 1996
  • Dr Marvin Scott for Congress, Campaign Volunteer 2010
  • Hoosiers for Todd Rokita Field Rep, 2017 - 2018
  • Conservative Commandos Radio, Co-host 2012 - 2020
  • EMP Coalition, 2014 - 2020
Offices
  • US House Rep IN 7th, Sought 2012, 14, 16, 18
 

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