Candidate Profile
Susan Smith

Republican , Indiana


Susan Smith
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7

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Aaron Freeman, Michael Speedy

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Michael Speedy, Michael Paul Hart, Aaron Freeman

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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.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.


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.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?



It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

That is a difficult question since much of the monies have been used for other purposes. I am not sure why many are against private options since the government has shown they are not a good steward of the benefits thus far.

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

Reduction in the size of our federal government and reviewing many of our entitlement programs.

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


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.


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


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?

There is no national religion that governs the United States. "We the People" does not exclude those that choose to publicly profess their faith and share it with others.


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


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.


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

Private option. Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)

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?

There are some things we cannot do because of the hatred there is for us a free nation. We can be vigilante with respect to protecting ourselves, but we can also provide necessities to those in need. We cannot continue to demonize whole people groups because that only inflames the next generation. It requires more than a response from the federal government but participation of private agencies and the body of Christ.


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.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.


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.


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?

Those individuals and families who are invited or granted permission according to a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



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


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


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone. I am called to love God and love my neighbor as myself. This is my life until I am called to my Sabbath rest to await Christ's return.


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?


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

-Website: Facebook @susanfor7th Twitter @susanfor7th

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?

Personally, I am the 5th child of 9 from Fort Wayne, IN. I attended Ball State University and graduated in Urban and Regional Studies. I worked for the City of Indianapolis until I moved to Pasadena, CA, working in the same capacity. After several years in CA, I decided I needed a law degree and moved to NY to attend Fordham Law School. Upon graduation, I clerked for a Federal Judge back home in IN and eventually joined the Marion CO Prosecutor's Office. I met my husband who was Active Duty Army and moved to Columbia, MO. While in Columbia, I taught at Columbia College. After my husband's retirement, we moved back to Indianapolis and I returned to practicing law to include representing Veterans before the Dept of Veteran Affairs. I continue to teach online, focusing on Juvenile Justice and Criminal Procedures. I am the proud mother of a Naval Academy graduate who is an Officer at Pearl Harbor and wife of a VA Chaplain.

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?

Learn to use them and properly secure them.

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.


The Electoral College should be abolished.


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

National Debt Continue Criminal Justice Reform (Strengthening the Family Reduces Crime) National Security/Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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

Racism is not a threat but victim-hood is problematic. We truly need to look at the many nations of the world and see how blessed we are as a nation. In many circumstances, our plenty/wealth has caused us to think we are entitled. Each one of us in America should be the most generous people in the world.


  • Ball State University, Muncie, BS, 1981
  • Fordham Law School, New York, JD, 1990
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Warren Township GOP, Various positions
  • Pathways Africa, Board member
  • Columbia MO Citizen and Police Review Bd, Board member
  • St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Outreach Coordinator
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services, Board member
  • Community Heights Neighborhood Organization, President, Secretary, Board
  • Marion County City-County Council, Sought 2015
  • Warren Township Small Claims Judge, Sought 2018

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