Candidate Profile
Don Bacon

Republican , Nebraska

Biography

Name
Don Bacon
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
FRC Action, 2019:  95%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  93%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  92%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  B+
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  82%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  78%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  77%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  72%, 75% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  75%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  30%, 66% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2018:  50%, 62% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  75%, 62% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019:  61%, 58% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  53% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  49% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  43% (cum.)

78%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  57%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  31%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  25%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  13%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  10%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  8%, 8% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  7%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  6%, 6% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  10%, 5% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

10%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

3
Combat Veterans For Congress, Donald Trump, National Right To Life

Others

1
Pro-Israel America

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
National Republican Congressional Committee (2019), State Republican Party Organizations (2019), Take Back the House 2020 (2019), WinRed (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
195
Adam Kinzinger (2017), Adrian Smith (2017), Allen West Guardian Fund (2018), America Unlimited (2018), American Conservative Union (2018), American Principles (2017) and 189 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
27
Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2020), American Maritime Officers (2019), American Postal Workers Union (2019), American Wind Energy Association (2019), Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (2019) and 21 more

Summary

12%

LIBERAL

88%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.

Key votes from Vote Smart

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 begins at conception, and all life is precious. Abortion should be allowed in those rare cases where it is necessary to save the life of the mother. We must take every step to ensure that the most innocent among us are protected. The core of my beliefs here starts with the premise that "we are created in God's image."


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?

Right now, the math behind Social Security just doesn't work. There are several options on the table that I have been considering, but this will take a combination of a lot of good ideas to fix. There is no magic pill to instantly solve the Social Security shortfall for future generations. One idea I'm strongly considering is raising the income cap for Social Security deductions. Another idea may be to raise the retirement age for those who are currently under 40. Ultimately, people have paid into the system and it is the job of Congress to ensure they have access to those funds at retirement. We will need a bipartisan approach to preserve Social Security.

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

Balancing the budget will be difficult but we must strive to do so by reducing spending and economic growth. About 70% of our outlays are non-discretionary, such as interest on our debt and Medicare, two extremely important items to pay for. We should keep spending increases within inflation rates, cut unnecessary programs, and continue boosting the economy to create more revenue for the government. That is our best hope of balancing the budget and reducing our debt.

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

A student takes out a loan knowing it will need to be repaid. Taxpayers should not be on the hook for student loan costs. However, student loan debt is far too high and we must find ways to reduce the skyrocketing cost of education. I do support allowing individuals to refinance loans if better rates found. We also could help pay for college debt if a person serves our country in various ways. National service is a potential solution.


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.

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 Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of our First Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Separation of church and state is often misinterpreted, but the original intent of our founders was to prohibit government from involving itself in the activities of a religion. It secured religious freedom for the American people. Citizens must always have right to exercise their faith freely inside and outside of their homes and churches.


Healthcare

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

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?

Our healthcare system is top notch. Our doctors, nurses, and technicians are well-trained and care about their patients. This is often not the case in other countries with socialized healthcare. We must keep our private insurance plans in place without restricting freedom of choice for the consumer. However, we can still do things to strengthen the system. I support certain aspects about the Affordable Care Act, such as guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions. Our focus now must be on reducing costs, increasing transparency, and preventing a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare that would allow government bureaucrats to make decisions about your family's treatment options. I support association pools (like the Farm Bureau) and introducing generic drugs on market faster. We need more competition. I support direct taxpayer support to offset high risk premiums, which will also reduce cost for low risk premiums. This lowered cost of healthcare in states that used this approach.


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?

As a 30 year Air Force veteran and retired brigadier general, I know a problem when I see one. When I was first elected in 2016, our military was drastically depleted. Only three of the 58 Army combat brigades were able to deploy, our Air Force equipment is older and more outdated than it has ever been, and we had reduced training requirements. I had a major role in fixing these problems and we are now on the path to restoring our national defense to a strong position. This will have a big impact on eradicating the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. We cannot allow ISIS or AQ gain a foothold in any territory where it can export terror. I deployed four times to Middle East and understand this threat better than far most in Congress.


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?

The United States is a melting pot of people from all over the world and their descendants, and this is part of what makes our nation great. We should welcome immigrants who follow the law and come into our country the right way. Our border must be controlled to prevent illegal crossings and trafficking activities, but legal immigration is a good thing for the United States. I do like a merit system that brings immigrants into our country that have skill sets we need.


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.

Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. I begin each day with a chapter from both the Old and New Testaments, actively volunteer with my church, and participate in weekly Bible studies.


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.

The list of bills I sponsored and co-sponsored is public at Congress.gov. I scored 100% from pro-life groups and Family Research Council. I support a permanent pathway for DACA and TPS, but I also support building the border wall to increase our national security and reduce trafficking and illegal crossings. I support policies that would strengthen our economy and create jobs, like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I support President Trump's economic policy and his efforts to rebuild our manufacturing economy and protect our cyber infrastructure from foreign threats. The Omaha World-Herald called me a "pragmatic conservative" and that title fits.

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?

It is an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Nebraska's Second District in Congress. I am working as hard as I can to keep the promises I made to you and to be your voice in Washington. Together, we can continue to find conservative and pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our district and nation. My priorities have always been to defend our freedoms, ensure we have a strong national security strategy, and strengthen the land of opportunity where anyone can achieve their dreams through hard work and character. I commit to serving this district with the civility and integrity Nebraskans expect.


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?

We absolutely do not need more restrictions than are already in place. Instead, we must enforce existing laws. I passed a bill that makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to communicate with one another - something that was sorely needed and highly requested by our law enforcement community. We cannot punish the 99% of people who are law-abiding or erode our Constitutional rights. We need to enforce Straw Purchase laws that have largely been ignored by prosecutors.


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.

Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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've had six bills passed out of the House in just over three years, and I've co-sponsored 327 more as of March 23, 2020. This does not include the work our team has done for national defense, which has included dozens of my priority items being passed into law. Some areas where I plan to continue to focus are: 1. Helping families and small businesses recover from coronavirus 2. Strengthening the foster care system for youth 3. Aiding law enforcement and our first responders

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

Racism and anti-Semitism are definitely a problem and they manifest themselves in many different ways. Militant white nationalist groups still exist, and they should be shunned by everyone. We've seen some terrorism acts by groups or individuals professing racist beliefs. There is absolutely no place in the United States for racism or anti-Semitism.


Background

Education
  • National War College, Washington, DC, Masters, 2004
  • University of Phoenix, Tucson, AZ, Masters, 1996
  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, BA, 1984
Work & Military
  • United States Air Force, Brigadier General, 29.5
  • University of Bellevue, Assistant Professor, 1.5
Affiliations
  • Air Force Association, Eastern NE, Vice President
  • Military Officers of America Association, Chaplain
  • Sarpy County Gideons, Previous President
  • Life Spring Church, Bellevue, NE, Member
  • NRA and NE Firearms Owner Association, Member
  • Heritage Foundation, Member
  • Assure and Essential Pregnancy Services, Contributor
  • Youth for Christ, Contributor and Volunteer
Offices
  • US Rep, NE-02, Held 2016-current
  • None
 

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