Candidate Profile
Yvette Herrell

Republican , New Mexico

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

New Mexico Prosperity Project, 2015:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business NM (NFIB-NM), 2014-15:  90%
American Conservative Union NM (ACU-NM), 2018:  76%
Rio Grande Foundation, 2017:  57%

81%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Conservation Voters New Mexico, 2018:  19%
Common Cause New Mexico, 2017:  16%

18%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

8
Andy Biggs, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Debbie Lesko, FreedomWorks for America, Gun Owners of America, House Freedom Fund and 2 more

Reported by Candidate

6
Congressman Mark Meadows, Congressman Jim Jordan, Governor Mike Huckabee, Gun Owners of America, 11 Constitutional NM Sheriffs, Susan B. Anthony List

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Janice Arnold-Jones (2013), State Republican Party Organizations (2013), Steve Pearce (2016)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
10
American Conservative Union (2018), Campaign for Working Families (2018), Club for Growth (2018), FreedomWorks (2018), Heritage Action (2018), House Freedom Action (2018) and 4 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Southwestern Public Service Company (2016)

Summary

8%

LIBERAL

92%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

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?

Only to save the life of the mother.


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?

Insure the solvency of the program by eliminating debits from the account that are not directly related to paying an individual benefits. The federal government has a fiduciary responsibility to insure the benefits that millions of Americans have paid into are available at the time when they will need them most.

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

The Constitution is very clear of the responsibilities of the federal government and we have seen for decades the growth and over-reach of such. Cut out non-essential government programs and frivolous spending. Shrink the size of government and prioritize expenditures. We should also incentivize saving taxpayer money by providing bonuses to federal employees who identify waste and fraud in the government.

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

I don't believe taxpayers should be held liable for such loans. Students destined for college have an understanding of the costs and benefits associated with furthering their educations. This is an individual decision, and with that, comes the responsibility of paying according to the agreed upon terms.


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?

This means that the state is not permitted to dictate to any religion how they are permitted to worship and express their faith. Nor can their be an "official" or "state-sponsored" religion. It does NOT mean that people of faith are not permitted to participate in and influence our system of government.


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?

I would advocate for a free-market system. Allowing for individuals, businesses and families to have choices in policies and premiums that are more conducive to their individual needs. When we allow a free-market system to grow and compete, we give the consumer more choices with affordable premiums. Government run health care has proven to be ineffective, expensive and unrealistic.


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?

Continue what we have done under this current Administration; Building strong alliances with our allies that face the threat of Islamic terrorism, continue negotiations and peace-keeping efforts, bolster our military forces to protect the health and safety of the American people, and our allies both here and abroad. Under President Trump's leadership, the US military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist, Qasem Soleimani. He is also responsible for the elimination of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. These are the steps we must take to eradicate such a threat.


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?

Only those who abide by the entire legal immigration process and follow the laws that clearly outline how entrance to our country can and should be done legally. The total number of immigrants allowed into our nation should adhere to the quotas determined by the current economic needs of the United State.


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.

No Answer   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I grew up in a Christian home and my relationship with God has given me the ability to develop a moral compass and convictions that have provided me the strength, knowledge and courage to live unashamedly for God. Whether making personal decisions or casting a vote that will impact other people's lives, I am grateful that each decision is given prayerful consideration and in a context that is morally sound and biblically based. I am humbled by the platform I have been given to share my faith with others. As I have said repeatedly during this campaign, "It's time we get God back in the conversation."


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.

As a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, I have a voting record that reflects my conservative values. While serving, I was recognized by the New Mexico Business Coalition as Hero of the Year for my work to help and protect business owners and stimulate economic development in the state of New Mexico. During my four terms, my voting record reflected my conservative approach to decision making, as I was named most Conservative Woman Legislator in the House by the Rio Grande Foundation through the indexing program their organization performs to track recorded votes. As a State Legislator, I also served as Chairman of the International Relations and Federalism Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council and was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for my leadership as the Public State Chair representing the State of New Mexico.

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?

Born and raised in the Second Congressional District, this is my home and what happens here matters to not only me but the hardworking New Mexicans I call neighbors. Having had the opportunity to both work for and own my own businesses, I know what it's like to sign both sides of a paycheck and I have seen the struggles our District faces throughout this campaign. The stakes couldn't be higher for our State and Nation and I liken this campaign to a job interview with the people of District 2. My experience as a Pro God, Pro Life, Pro 2nd Amendment, Pro Family and Pro Business Legislator, has given me a unique and intimate understanding of this district, the industries, the communities and the people. I am ready to take your voice and your values to Washington, to stand with President Trump and keep making America great. I ask for your continued prayers for our nation and our state.


Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

We need to uphold the Second Amendment and enforce laws that have already been codified. No further gun control measures are needed. Support our local law enforcement agencies and not waiver from our basic right to keep and bear arms.


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.

Strongly Disagree   

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?

We have to protect our Christian and Family values. With that being said, first we need to protect our Ag industries from federal over-reach and special interest groups. Second, provide our Veterans the care and opportunities they deserve, including better access for PTSD and behavioral health services Behavioral health expansion to all those in need of such. Third, cut out burdensome regulations that prohibit production in our oil and gas industries help w/ low market price recovery

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

Race-based conflict certainly poses occasional threats to safety in the United States. However, the state of race relations has continued to improve in our country and I believe that improvements will continue into the future under the leadership of President Trump. Race relationships will see even greater improvement if we remove identity politics and stop allowing the media and some leaders to push the "race card" and racial hatred among the American population.


Background

Education
  • ITT Links School of Business, Boise, Legal Admin, 1985
  • American River College, Sacramento, N/A
  • NMSU, Alamogordo, N/A, 1982
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Compassion International, Child Sponsor
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer/Builder/Disaster Relief
  • Hands of Grace, Volunteer
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Board position
  • Rep. Party of Otero County, Board Member
  • American Legislative Exchange Council, Board Member
  • Flickenger Center for Performing Arts, Board Member
  • Mountain View Church, Member
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 2010 - 2018
  • US House NM 2, Sought 2018
 

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