Candidate Profile
Matthew Lehman

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

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:  83%, 87% (cum.)
American Conservative Union IN (ACU-IN), 2018:  83%, 85% (cum.)
Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA), 2019:  75%, 78% (cum.)

91%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2019:  31%
LEAP Forward IN, 2019:  8%

20%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
8
Ben Smaltz (2018), Big Red PAC (2015), Daniel Leonard (2013), Doug Gutwein (2013), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), Marlin Stutzman (2015) and 2 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
10
Ben Smaltz (2015), Big Red PAC (2014), Big Red Political Action Committee (2015), Daniel Leonard (2013), David Long (2017), Hoosiers for Economic Growth (2013) and 4 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Everytown for Gun Safety (2016), International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2019)

Summary

10%

LIBERAL

90%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

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 House Roll Call Vote HJR 3 to remove 2nd sentence of the Marriage Amendment 2014 which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. HJR 3 stripped the Marriage Amendment of its second sentence, which essentially killed the constitutional process. 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.

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?

When all medical option have been exhausted, to save the life of the mother is the only exception I support


Economy

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

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?

Indiana has experienced a truly balanced budget over the last several years and the reason is simply living within your means and being good stewards of the peoples money.


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.

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 1st Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances". Simply put it means the State needs to stay out of the churches business. We are free to worship freely with NO government interference. It is NOT to separate the church from the state as some would have it.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

I am currently working on legislation that will make healthcare more transparent and empower the consumer to become a more informed user of the healthcare system. We need to repeal and replace the ACA with a state driven plan that gives multiple options to best fit the needs of your family, your finances and your medical needs.


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.

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

I think anyone who is yearning to be free should be allowed but we are a nation of laws and we must follow the steps to legal citizenship. I think all applicants need to be fully vetted for ties to radicals and the process should be intentionally difficult. I am for deporting illegals and those who commit crimes against Americans should lose the chance to legal entry.


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 believe God created the world and we are created in his image. Sin entered the world through man and we are all sinners saved by grace through Jesus Christ who paid the price for my sin on the cross of Calvary. Jesus is the only way to the father and a daily relationship with him through prayer and devotion is what drives my core values. I believe that every life is precious from conception to natural death. I believe in caring for my fellow man with the love of Christ. I believe that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. My Judeo-Christian upbringing has helped me navigate the waters of the political world while standing strong on my convictions.


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.

Please refer to my publicly available voting record

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

As a member of a part time legislature we all bring our expertise to the table. I have been in the insurance business for 30 years and I have worked to protect Hoosiers while creating a competitive marketplace for insurance consumers. I served 14 years in local government before becoming a State Rep. I have served for 11 years and currently serve as the House Majority Floor Leader and I work to teach leadership to the next generation of leaders.

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?

I am the son of a humble dairy salesman and a stay at home mom who taught me to love my Lord, love my family and love my country in that order and that is what drive me. I love Indiana and it is a true honor to serve as a State Representative.


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.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

There are no further restrictions needed and I support enforcing current laws.


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?

Due to my expertise in insurance my number 1 issue is usually dealing with insurance matters. I will always support and co-author right to life issues. I usually defer to the strong pro life women to carry the bills. I will author and sponsor legislation that continues to reduces government regulation.

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

As I stated earlier I believe that God created all men equal. We must embrace who we are but when we exalt or promote one race or ethnicity over another we are promoting racism. Taken to the extreme we stop making decisions based on the content of character and use other factors that divide our nation. Left unchecked it can become a threat but I think the issue of international terrorism with its ideology is a much bigger threat.


Background

Education
  • Vincennes University, Vincennes, AS, 1984
  • South Adams High School, Berne, Diploma, 1981
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Berne Evangelical Church, Sunday School Teacher
  • Berne Evangelical Church, Past Deacon / Church Chairman
  • Berne Evangelical Church, Bible Quiz Team Coach
  • Berne Chamber Of Commerce, Past Board Member
  • Swiss Village Retirement Community, Board of Directors
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Monthly Donor
  • Compassionate International, Monthly Donor
  • Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, Member and Past Board Member
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 12
  • Adams County Council, Held 14
 

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