Candidate Profile
Gavin Clarkson

Republican , New Mexico


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Gun Owners of America, Americans for Tax Reform (my economic policy only)

Selected Contributions


State Republican Party Organizations (2019), WinRed (2019)
Gary Elkins (2019), HSP Direct (2019), Irving & Cherna Moskowitz (2019), Midnight Sun PAC (2018), Norm Miller (2019), Spirit of '76 PAC (2019), WinRed (2019)







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   

iVoterGuide Note:  "I oppose partial birth abortion, taxpayer funded abortions, and would vote to cut off any and all funding for Planned Parenthood."  Source

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?

Because human life begins at conception and deserves the full and equal protections of the laws, abortion should be illegal except to save the life of the mother, but even then the doctor should be trying to save both patients. The only situaion where there is no medical posibility of saving the unborn baby is with an ectopic, or tubal, pregnancy.


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?

Put it in a lockbox. The best lockbox to keep Washington bureaucrats from taking away your retirement is one they don't have the key to.

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

I would also enthusiastically support Senator Rand Paul’s Penny Plan budget, which would cut spending by 2% for five years in a row, thus eliminating the federal budget deficit without cutting Social Security benefits.

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

None. It's egregious to expect an auto mechanic who paid their way through technical school to pay off loans for someone who majored in art history and cannot find a job. When you agree to take out a loan, YOU agree to pay it back, not the taxpayers.

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.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

It means the federal government cannot restrict religious liberty. It does not mean our legal code must be devoid of any moral principles or that our democratic processes shouldn't include the voices of religious people.


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?

Get government out of the healthcare business. Government interventions in healthcare have failed to arrest rapidly rising costs and have actually accelerated them. Healthcare was already a government-dominated sector of the economy long before Obamacare came along. Without free-market price signals, there is no way to use resources well or productively. I support the full repeal of Obamacare, medical liability reform, allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, health savings accounts, personal liberty and choice in the selection of insurance plans, and allowing young healthy individuals to purchase high-deductible catastrophic coverage. Former Congressman Paul Broun's Patient Option Act would be ideal.

iVoterGuide Note:  "I support the repeal of ObamaCare, medical liability reform, allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, health savings accounts, personal liberty and choice in the selection of insurance plans, and allowing young healthy individuals to purchase high-deductible catastrophic coverage."  Source

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?

I applaud the Trump Administration’s success in his stated strategy regarding ISIS: "Bomb the shit out of them."


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?

Chain-migration and the visa lottery are unfair and inefficient methods of immigration. I strongly support expanding merit-based work permits to meet the needs of American entrepreneurs, but I am adamantly opposed to amnesty. A drunk-driving illegal alien ended my naval career, so I strongly support deporting illegal aliens who committ crimes. My wife Marina immigrated to America lawfully and learned English by listening to country music on the radio while cleaning houses. She followed all the rules, and it took her fourteen years to become a citizen. That's the kind of immigration we should encourage.

iVoterGuide Note:  "[With DACA] I do not support a path to citizenship, except for those who choose to honorably serve in the military. I believe in the rule of the law and fairness for legal immigrants who followed the rules. I am willing to consider a path to residency for those who will not burden our social welfare systems."  Source


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Conservative, Bible-believing Christian. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."


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.

After decades of proudly teaching capitalism in the classroom, the Marxist administrators at New Mexico State University fired me for serving in the Trump Administration and running for office as a Republican. When Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver tried to ram straight-party voting down our throats in 2018, the New Mexico Supreme Court cited my amicus brief in its unanimous 5-0 smackdown of her lawless unconstitutional powergrab. On the national level, I’ve taken on Lois Lerner’s IRS and their anti-tribal tax discrimination...and won, fighting to unleash free market forces into reservation and rural Indian Country economies. Finally, I’m a lifelong “pro-lifer.” Leftwing media has “exposed” some of my anti-abortion activism from my college days at Rice University. And I was even attacked by my fellow students in The Harvard Law Record (they graphically described a satirical gang rape of me) for running a Christian abortion alternative center right in the heart of Boston.

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?

I’m running to share the stories and aspirations of the ordinary people who make New Mexico extraordinary and who just want to be heard and see some sympathy in the Senate. That starts with declaring independence from Communist China. For far too long, we have uncritically swallowed the storyline that China is a backwards, unsophisticated nation in need of handouts. But the real China is a totalitarian communist dictatorship with aspirations to be the world’s sole superpower, and that means the United States is in the way. China is the greatest threat to American sovereignty in the next century. We have outsourced our economy, our jobs, and our privacy to a communist nation. For the first time in decades, America isn’t being a pushover anymore. President Trump is the only thing standing in their way. Together with President Trump’s 2020 campaign, we can FLIP NEW MEXICO RED, unleash the energy of our state to empower our people, and Put New Mexico Back on the Map in DC.

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?

Self-defense is an extension of the unalienable rights of “life, liberty, and property,” so it shouldn’t take a Harvard Law degree to realize that “shall not be infringed” actually means “shall not be infringed.” The federal government has no business imposing restrictions on gun ownership.

iVoterGuide Note:  Clarkson "stands against expanding background checks, 'red flag' gun confiscation orders, and vehemently opposes gun owner registration schemes".  Source

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.


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?

Declare independence from Communist China. End mandatory telework for federal employees. End double-taxation of business activity on Indian reservations.

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

Yes. Organizations such as ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter, and Washington Democrats like Maxine Waters are seeking to divide this country along racial lines as deeply as possible to increase their power and wealth.


  • Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, Doctorate, 2004
  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, Juris Doctor, 2002
  • Rice University, Houston, TX, MBA, 1993
Work & Military
  • Department of the Interior, Dep Ass't Sec'y for Policy & Economic Development, 1
  • Various Universities, Associate Professor or Lecturer, 22
  • Native American Capital, Director and Member, 11
  • United States Naval Reserve, Midshipman, 2.5
  • Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center, Chairman of the Board
  • American Indian Sci & Eng Society Foundation, Chairman of the Board
  • First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, Member of the Choir
  • Native American Law Student Association, President
  • Federalist Society, Member
  • Rice University Pro-Life, Vice-President
  • National Rifle Association, Lifetime Member
  • Southwest Coalition for Life, Member / volunteer
  • Deputy Ass't Sec'y for Policy & Econ Dev, Held 1
  • Secretary of State, Sought 2018
  • U.S. House, Sought 2018

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