Candidate Profile
Anthony Cook

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Name
Anthony Cook
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 32
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Indiana Family Institute, 2019:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business IN (NFIB - IN), 2017-18:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2015-16:  94%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  92%, 84% (cum.)
American Conservative Union IN (ACU-IN), 2018:  75%, 78% (cum.)
Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA), 2019:  75%, 78% (cum.)

89%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2019:  31%
LEAP Forward IN, 2019:  6%

18%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), Michael "Mike" Karickhoff (2017), State Republican Party Organizations (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Hoosiers for Quality Education (2019), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Luke Kenley (2015)

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2019)

Summary

15%

LIBERAL

85%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Authored Hate Crimes legislation 2019 HB 1020. https://legiscan.com/IN/bill/HB1020/2019
Voted Yes for House Roll Call Vote 1337 pro-life 2016 which was the final concurrence vote in the Indiana House on a pro-life bill from this session that banned abortion because of race, gender or disability and also mandated that abortion clinics must dispose of aborted babies through a relationship with a funeral home via either burial or cremation. Currently they are allowed to treat aborted baby bodies as "medical waste". Voted No for SB 20 sexual orientation 2016 which is an amendment to a bill in the Indiana House that would have added special protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" into state law.

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.

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?

Rape, incest, and to save the mother.


Economy

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

Neutral   

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?

The federal government must reduce the federal debt and place a moratorium on new programs until the deficit is reduced. We have balanced the Indiana budget, emphasizing deregulation to reduce costs and allow the competitive free market to work. This has encouraged more businesses to move to Indiana, creating more jobs, putting people to work, and thus more individuals are paying current taxes. This works; I have voted to support this philosophy.


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.

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 government can not impose a church theocracy or regulate the religious activity of its citizens. The First Amendment to the US Constitution was designed to protect the right of Americans to freely practice their religion without government interference. The Indiana Constitution in Article I provides protection for free religious exercise and belief.


Healthcare

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

Neutral   

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

In Indiana I have been in the Statehouse long enough to have worked with our HIP 2.0 plan, and I serve on the Family and Children Committee which oversees FSSA and DCS. We must maintain a system that emphasizes wellness plans and is adjusted for ability to pay. At the same time, as legislators, we need to monitor hospital and drug costs and seek solutions which will reduce these costs; maintaining transparency in costs will allow shopping for services and stop out-of-network and other hidden costs that were not apparent to patients. We are moving legislation to do this in Indiana, and I am totally supportive; next year we need to do all we can to drive down drug costs for all, especially the elderly. We have task forces now to share recommendations in this realm for next year.


National Security

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

Strongly 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.

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?

Anyone who appropriately goes through our legal process of immigration and commits to becoming a citizen. Unfortunately, the federal government has not yet developed an efficient and appropriate plan that draws majority support.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in Jesus Christ and the Trinity and that Jesus is the son of God, and that believing in him is our salvation.


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.

My voting record indicates this and I have been awarded a certificate from the Conservative Union.

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

I was a government, economics, and history teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent of schools. I am used to developing policy, taking it to the public for input, and moving and implementing policy effectively. A principal and superintendent must do this throughout their career. I have degrees from three universities where I took multiple education, business, and administration classes. I have worked, supervised, managed, and led corporations and had to develop good human relations skills to accomplish results and motivate people to "buy-in" and want to follow. I enjoy helping others and being a good and productive public servant.

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

Absolutely not!

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

I am a dedicated public servant who walks the talk of what I believe. I am willing to listen and compromise when convinced another's idea may provide results for the good of all Hoosiers.


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?

Yes   

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

Background checks when purchasing a gun and maintaining all legal licensing must be required. I am not for greater restrictions on the law-abiding citizen. I would consider some safeguards at gun show sales.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Disagree   

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

Continued efforts to drive more money to the classroom teacher. Health care cost reduction measures Self-employed insurance improvements

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

We need to encourage as much education as possible at an early age in schools to combat racism and promote equality and respect for others, including their differences. Schools must ensure that instruction on the history of slavery and the civil rights movement and the Holocaust is provided.


Background

Education
  • Anderson University, Anderson, In, BA, 1973
  • Butler University, Indianapolis, MS, 1978
  • Purdue University, Lafayette, EdS, 1981
Work & Military
  • Education, Principal/Superintendent, 41
Affiliations
  • Arcadia Little League, coach
  • Cicero Little League, coach
  • Cicero Christian Church, deacon
  • Kiwanis Club, member
  • NRA, member
  • Supt. Assoc., Member/Commitees
  • Prin. Assoc., Member/committees
  • Chamber of Commerce, Member
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 2014-2020
 

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