Candidate Profile
Brian Buchanan

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Name
Brian Buchanan
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 7
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Indiana Family Institute, 2019:  100%
Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA), 2019:  89%, 89% (cum.)

94%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2019:  64%
LEAP Forward IN, 2019:  0%

32%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
FreedomWorks (2013), John Ruckelshaus (2016), Marco Rubio (2015)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
David Long (2019)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

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?

All human life is precious and should be protected.


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   

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

We need to evaluate all areas of government and determine what is truly an essential function of government. I would like to challenge all government agencies to reduce their budget by 5%.


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   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

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

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?

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

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

We need to promote more competition and less regulation in health care. Currently, the healthcare system is very complex with a lot of competing interests. Generally speaking, the more entities involved, the higher the cost to patients. We need to find a way for patients and doctors to make decisions based on what is best for the patients health. Increased transparency and accountability are a critical component as well.


National Security

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

Agree   


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   

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   

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

The United States is a country built on immigrants. I believe anyone should be allowed to come here legally, if they go through the proper procedures and backgrounds checks.


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 am a Christian and believe Jesus Christ is my Savior. This belief is the foundation for how I live my life on a daily basis. It helps to guide my daily choices, decisions, and actions. My Christian faith teaches me to be kind to everyone, live with honesty and integrity, don't judge others, help the poor, and remember to keep God first in our lives. We all fall short of God's grace and must ask for forgiveness in our lives. I am so thankful for an almighty, all powerful, and forgiving God.


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?

Conservative   

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

I have been in the Indiana Senate for 2 years. Please review my voting record at www.iga.in.gov.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have worked and been successful in the non-profit section, private business, and now state government. The fundamental keys to success have been the same with all of my career roles. You need to identify your top priorities, develop a plan to accomplish your priorities, and then implement the plan. Furthermore, you need to measure everything and have accountability for everything you do. By measuring or evaluating everything, it will allows you to adjust your plan accordingly to achieve your goals. Finally, being a parent of two young children, doesn't necessarily make me more qualified, but it does give me a different perspective on all issues.

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

No

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

In regards to question #21 above, the current state law allows teachers to carry guns in school with school board approval. I support this law. Finally, my goal as a State Senator is to make good, common-sense decisions that benefit the residents of Indiana. I will work hard everyday to ensure I am fully educated on the issues, have all the facts, and have considered all points of view. Most importantly, I will listen to all of my constituents to fully understand their views and what issues are most important to them.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

(Did not answer)

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

It doesn't matter how many gun laws passed, criminals are still going to get guns. We need to focus on the criminals, not the guns. No additional gun laws are needed.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

My priorities are: 1). Protect all human life 2). Ensure Indiana remains fiscally strong 3). Ensure high-quality K-12 educational opportunities are available to all children and parents have the ability to choose the educational environment that is best for their children.

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Agricultural Education, 2001
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Indiana FFA Foundation, FFA Center Committee (Past Chairman)
  • Boone County Mentor Program, Mentor
  • Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., Member
  • Lebanon Christian Church, Church
  • AgrIInstitute, Board Member (Past Chairman)
Offices
  • Boone County Council, Held 2016-2018
 

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