Candidate Profile
Ron Highland

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Name
Ron Highland
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 51
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity KS (AFP-KS), 2019-20:  A+
National Federation of Independent Business KS (NFIB KS), 2018:  100%
Kansas Policy Institute Freedom Index, 2020:  94%
National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund KS (NRA-PVF-KS), 2018:  93%
American Conservative Union KS (ACU-KS), 2019:  91%, 84% (cum.)
Kansas Policy Institute Lifetime Freedom Index, 2018:  70% (cum.)

90%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Sierra Club KS, 2018:  29%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations KS (AFL-CIO-KA), 2019:  0%
Mainstream Coalition, 2019:  0%, 0% (cum.)

10%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

2
Kansans for Life PAC, *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

3
*Kansas Chamber PAC, *Kansas Farm Bureau, *Kansas Livestock Association PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Republican Party Organizations (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?

None


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?

Review all government activities and remove redundency, reduce regulations, and stop subsidies over time.


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 government will not create a state church. Individual free to choose how and where they worship.


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?

The first thing to do is to allow health insurance to cross state lines. After that is instituted, then look at other methods for helping the truly needy with health care.


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?

Those who wish to become citizens and assimilate.


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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Jesus Christ is my Savior. The Holy Bible is truth and guides my life.


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 believe in personal freedom, less government, and the free enterprise system.

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

Serving my eighth year as Representative, seeking reelection.

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?

(Did not answer)


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?

Enforce existing laws.

iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate received an A rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund KS in 2020. https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/kansas/


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

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?

1. Remove all Legislators from public retirement system. 2. Reduce bureaucracy by reorganizing and eliminating agency overlap. 3. Create a self directed retirement fund program that is portable and voluntary. Choice between this and current public retirement plan.

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

Most likely. Real or not, perception is reality.


Background

Education
  • KSU, Manhattan, KS, Ph.D., 1985
  • KSU, Manhattan, KS, D.V.M., 1975
  • KSU, Manhattan, KS, B.S., 1973
Work & Military
  • Bayer US, Manager Clinical Dev., 20
  • US Army, Vet Corps, Capt., 3.5
  • US Army, Infantry, 1st LT., 3
Affiliations
  • Mt. Calvary MSLC, Elder, retired
  • Lutherans for LIfe, member and contributor
  • AVMA, member
  • Wabaunsee Co. Rep. Party, Former chair and member
  • Kansas Republican Party, member
Offices
  • Chair, Wab. Co. Rep. Party, Held 6
  • KS House of Representatives, Held 7.5
 

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