Candidate Profile
Bruce Givens

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Name
Bruce Givens
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 14
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Liberal 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:  B
Kansas Policy Institute Freedom Index, 2020:  75%
American Conservative Union KS (ACU-KS), 2019:  73%, 54% (cum.)
Kansas Policy Institute Lifetime Freedom Index, 2018:  23% (cum.)
National Federation of Independent Business KS (NFIB KS), 2018:  17%

49%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Mainstream Coalition, 2019:  50%, 77% (cum.)

77%

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

1
Kansans for Life PAC

Others

2
*Kansas Farm Bureau, *Kansas Livestock Association PAC

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.

Neutral   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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.

Neutral   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, incest and if life of the mother is endangered


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?

That depends. Budget cuts will have to be made, but they should be done in public hearings. People are affected with any action.


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   

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.

Neutral   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Neutral   

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?

(Did not answer)


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?

I don't have a good answer.


National Security

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

Disagree   


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?

I think people from any country can apply to enter our country and apply to become a citizen.


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.

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 believe that Jesus Christ is the SON of the living God. I believe the world would be a better place if we all practiced the teachings of Christ - love your neighbor.


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?

Somewhat Conservative   

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

There is no way to always fit into a category. If we as elected officials are listening to our people, and doing what is right by them, we have to flexible enough to make good decisions.

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

I was involved in many testimonies and bill making long before I ever ran for office - all related to education. Now, after serving on Commerce committees and Insurance and Banking I recognize the number of laws and regulations that are choking many businesses.

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?

No   

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

People who are mentally ill or felons of violent crimes should not be able to purchase guns. I don't know of any specific restrictions on guns that would actually work.

iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate received an F 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.

Agree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Neutral   

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

I have some education bills that would benefit our Kansas system. I would also support some tax transparency bills.

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

I do racism is a danger to all of us. The teachings of Christ were meant for all people not just a certain race or color of skin.


Background

Education
  • Emporia State University, Emporia, BS, 1978
  • Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, MS, 1984
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Kiwanis, President of Club and other roles
  • Miss Kansas Organization, helped prepare candidate for speaking
  • El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, member
  • Council of Exceptional Children, member
  • Ks. Association of Sp. Ed. Admin., President of org in late 1990s
  • Trinity Unitied Methodist Church, member, singer in choir and chair of committees
Offices
  • Kansas Senate, Held 4
 

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