Candidate Profile
Mark McGinley

Republican , Montana


Mark McGinley
U.S. Rep. (At Large)

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Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


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


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.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only when necessary to save the life of the mother


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security is a promise that must be kept. The federal government cannot borrow from this fund in order to fund other programs. It can be saved but it requires bipartisan cooperation.

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

All government agencies must be reduced in size and scope. These powers and resources must be returned to the states.

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


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.


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


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?

The 1st Amendment states that there will be no established religion. It does not say separation of church and state. It simply means no official state sponsored religion.


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


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

This a complicated policy discussion. It requires coordination between the President and the Congress. I prefer state level solutions because needs vary from state to state.

National Security

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


What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

This is a difficult policy question. It requires a coordinated effort between the President and the Congress. But American interests must always be defended.


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.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.


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.


Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.


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

I believe immigration policy should be merit based.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am Christian. I try to live my life according to Christian values.


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?


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

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


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

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

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

I support the 2nd Amendment. Period.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


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


The Electoral College should be abolished.


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

1. Term limits. 2. Education funding reallocated to the states. 3. Comprehensive Veterans support.

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

Perhaps. This issue has been exploited for political advantage. I'm a Christian and as such all women are my sisters and all men are my brothers regardless of the color of our skin. I try to live my life accordingly.


  • Carroll College, Helena, MT, BA, 1988
Work & Military
  • US Army, LTC, 30
  • American Legion
  • VFW
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Townsend School Board
  • Montana State Legislature, Sought 1996

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