Candidate Profile
Ryan Howard

Republican , Iowa


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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.

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?

Ryan does not believe there are any circumstances under which abortion should be allowed.


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?

Ryan is a fiscal conservative and is committed to maintaining Iowa's balanced budget.

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.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Ryan understands the concept of "separation of church and state" is not found in the Constitution and was originally written in a letter to Baptists from Thomas Jefferson. The original intent of of "separation of church and state" was twofold: 1) to prevent the establishment of a state religion, such as the Church of England, and 2) to prevent the state from interfering in religious matters of the church. Ryan understands that "separation of church and state" was NOT intended to prevent the church or religious organizations from influencing government and politics.


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?

Ryan believes that major health care industry reform is needed. He remains committed to establishing long-term solutions and not solutions that are only short-sighted.

National Security

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



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.


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

Ryan believes that America's immigration policy must serve the national interest of the United States. Ryan's wife immigrated from Brazil and became a U.S. Citizen. He understands the value and need for immigration.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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.

Ryan is a born again Christian and believes the Bible is the infallible and inerrant Word of God as written in the original languages. He understands that America was founded upon religious freedom and biblical values and is committed to keeping this foundation strong. He accepts and promotes biblical morality and values, including pro-life, pro-family and limited government.


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?

Very Conservative   

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

Ryan has been an outspoken voice for conservative values via public speaking, social media and through his blog and podcast, which can be found at

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

Ryan has been an active volunteer in his community over the last decade and has taken action to fix issues he sees. He has worked with non-profits, he is a small business owner, and in his work, he helps businesses improve their operations. Ryan and his wife own a DHS-registered in-home child care and are registered foster parents. Ryan is also involved with several community coalitions, including those related to Child Care and Mental Health.

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

Ryan has never been charged, convicted or penalized for any of the aforementioned items.

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

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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.

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2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?


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

Ryan will uphold the right of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, as secured by the Second Amendment. He will oppose any effort to deprive individuals of their right to keep and bear arms without due process of law.

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?

Resolving the child care crisis, Addressing workforce shortages, lowering taxes and protecting our rights.

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

While certain instances of racism certainly exist in the United States today, Ryan does not believe racism in and of itself is currently a threat to domestic security. He is committed to standing alongside with those who have been victims of racism and desires to see all treated fairly and with dignity.


  • Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Engineering, 2008
  • Iowa State University, Ames, IA, MBA, 2008
  • Louisiana Baptist University, Shreveport, LA, PhD, 2019
Work & Military
  • John Deere (Deere & Co.), Senior Supplier Development Engineer
  • Heartland Vineyard Church, Business Advisory Team
  • Cedar Valley United Way, CIT Education Chair, Board Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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