Candidate Profile
Steve Watkins

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Panel Rating*

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

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  100%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  A
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  99%
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  98%, 98% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  95%
National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund KS (NRA-PVF-KS), 2018:  93%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  92%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  91%, 91% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  90%, 90% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  86%, 86% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  B+
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  81% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  77%, 73% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  67% (cum.)

90%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  58%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  20%, 20% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  20%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

14%

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

5
Kansans for Life PAC, *National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life, The Guardian Fund

Others

1
Associated General Contractors of America Political Action Committee

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
18
Ann Wagner (2019), Brian Fitzpatrick (2019), Daniel (Dan) Bishop (2019), Don Bacon (2019), Frederick Stephen "Fred" Upton (2019), Jaime Herrera Beutler (2019) and 12 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
105
Allen West Guardian Fund (2018), Andrew Harris (2018), Ann PAC (2019), Austin Scott (2018), Ben Cline (2019), Bernie Marcus (2019) and 99 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Postal Workers Union (2019), American Wind Energy Association (2019), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2019)

Summary

4%

LIBERAL

96%

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?

Under no circumstances should abortion be allowed.


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?

We cannot turn our backs on the millions of seniors enrolled in Social Security or Medicare programs. Seniors in Kansas who have spent their entire lives contributing to these programs and our nation’s economy deserve to know their hard work will help them retire. In order to save these programs and protect our seniors here in Kansas, one must be willing to work across the aisle to find solutions that will save and secure these programs for our children and grandchildren, as well as for our parents and grandparents. I fully recognize the need to preserve Social Security and Medicare and I will do what is necessary to ensure all seniors in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District will have access to the benefits and resources they deserve.

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

I would cut all funding to Planned Parenthood, the Kennedy Center, and unnecessary causes. Our spending is out of control and our national debt is going to be the burden of our children and grand children.

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

As someone with college loans, I'd love if everyone would pay them off for me. However, I believe in personal responsibility and I think if you made the decision to go to college you should have to pay the price.


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   

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?

It means that the constitution is the law of the land. Although my religion guides my decision making we ultimately must make laws based off how the founding fathers intended this country to operate.


Healthcare

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

Strongly 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?

In my first term in Congress I co-sponsored ECORA an act which provided loan assistance to doctors who did their residencies in rural facilities, making quality care more accessible to many in the 2nd district. I will fight to ensure private health care is protected and medicare for all is never enacted.


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?

Our military men and women are fighting all across the globe to defend our freedoms and preserve our American way of life. Here at home, it is critically important that our Federal Government recognizes the current threats facing our nation and the threats of our future. We should face the enemy head on much like President Trump has with removing enemies like al-Baghdadi and General Soleimani.


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?

Securing our southern border is paramount to our national security. Security at our borders and ports of entry must be strengthened and enhanced. We are a nation of laws, follow those laws and we will welcome anyone with open arms. We need an immigration system that allows our businesses and entrepreneurs to have access to the workforce they need, and ensures that our nation receives the best individuals. If you come legally and follow our our laws you should be able to immigrate here.


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 am a pro-life Christian. I believe life begins at conception and I will do anything in my power to ensure that man is unable to harm God's creatures, man and animals alike.


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?

Very Conservative   

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

Heritage Action Scorecard says I vote 98% of the time with the Republican Party. I am also a Club For Growth 2019 winner of their Defender of Economic Freedom award. https://heritageaction.com/scorecard/members/W000824/116 https://www.clubforgrowth.org/scorecards/legislator/W000824/Steve-Watkins/

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 have the most Pro-Life endorsements in this race. President Trump chose me to be an Honorary Co-Chair of his re-election campaign. We are both political outsiders fighting to return to Washington to drain the swamp and are committed to making America great. I would appreciate your vote on August 4th.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)


2nd Amendment

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

None, guns are not the cause of deaths and mass shootings, it is mental health issues and societal problems which need to be addressed at the community level.

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

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.

(Did not answer)

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

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?

I plan to work in 3 areas: 1) Rural Revitalization 2) Pro-Life issues 3) Lower Taxes

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

I think that every American has the 1st Amendment right to assemble and protest their government if they feel they or their race are being treated unfairly. What is a threat to our domestic security is rioters and looters destroying our cities and legislators attempting to defeund the very police officers that are trying to stop it.


Background

Education
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, BS, 1999
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, MSRED, 2011
  • Harvard, Cambridge, MA, MCMPA, 2017
Work & Military
  • US Army, Captain, 1995-2005
Affiliations
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • American Legion
  • Topeka First United Methodist Church
  • Pachyderm Club
Offices
  • U.S. Congressman (KS-02), Held 2 Years
 

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