Candidate Profile
Tom Harrison

Republican , Oregon


Tom Harrison
U.S. Rep., Dist. 3

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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?

None. Biology shows that a unique human life is created at conception, when neither the egg nor the sperm is "attached" to the parents, and that subsequent gestation is not "part of the mother", but protected and nurtured by the mother. Declaration of Independence defends the right to life as an inherent property of all people. Abortion is a violation of the human rights recognized for all living people, regardless of subjective valuation of that life. Allow medical personnel the appropriate control of life-threatening situations, through triage


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?

Social Security cannot be maintained without confiscatory taxes, and this was even noted at the time it was created. It has worked, only because lifespan in retirement was shorter. Today, with lifespans in to the 80s, the number of active workers supporting each Social Security recipient has dropped to less than 3 for 1, meaning for the average benefit of $1500/month, each worker would have to bear $500 in tax. This is not sustainable, and must be replaced by defined contribution plans, where the worker gets to decide how much to contribute to their own retirement. There is no magic pot of money. Every borrowed dollar is a tax on the next generation, and every tax levied quickly distributes its burden across the entire population, because every tax changes behavior, reducing spending, saving, and investing.

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

Limit of increases, remove baseline budgeting. The only way to fix this is to grow out of it, one budget at a time, by allowing the growth of the economy to exceed budget increases.

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

I have no easy answer for that; we have constructed a system that would never have existed in the free market. Why should the government first make loans easy to get and pay, and then not hold the student to account for them?

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?

The term is abused. At the core, all people may choose their beliefs. With the exception of public safety, the state may not interfere with those beliefs, and no behavior must be compelled from an individual in violation of his beliefs. Also, the idea that a public official must never speak of his beliefs, or act upon them while in office, is ridiculous. The Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law", not that no official may speak his mind.


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?

There is no such thing; it is fiction. When healthcare was limited to much less capability, this was possible: there simply weren't methods to save people from the ravages of age and disease, so the expensive things... didn't exist. What there should be is choice, for all people, to either insure or not, and to insure at whatever level they desire, and a legislated base level for emergency care. Any system that pretends to offer healthcare coverage that is "adequate, affordable, and accessible for all" will, in fact (observe ALL systems in the world to see this) will offer some care to all, but will ration more expensive care by some method: long wait times for specialists, sparse diagnostic facilities with long wait times, limit on service nearing end of life (remember Obama declaring exactly that?). Look at what we have now: the Affordable Care Act vastly increased overall cost of insurance, and simply shifted who was uninsured from the poor to the middle class.

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?

Ruthless response to terrorist behavior from any quarter. Radical positions often accompanied by irrational beliefs in spiritual authority to act lawlessly. Such lawless acts must be treated as acts of war.


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?

Refugees, carefully vetted, always with the primary goal of repatriation when possible. Skilled workers who will not drain social services. Always, those who will assimilate into American culture and values, not simply occupy space. Limited, by observation of assimilation success. Allow entry to those who will assimilate, yes: our cultural melting pot becomes more flavorful but not separated. Allow entry to those who desire to stay separate from American values, no: there is no national strength in simply having more isolated pots hanging over the same fire.


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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Fundamental Christian, hoping for peace and respect for all, but determined to protect human rights of our country's legal, law-abiding residents. Self-reliance is to be celebrated, faith is to be supported so long as it does not seek to actively harm others, government should be dedicated to protect human rights and not to decide the distribution of wealth. Government should be as small as possible to protect rights, which also means taxation should be small, as well.


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.


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?

Conservatism is about keeping -- conserving -- the good things about our culture and the government we've built, while improving the pieces done poorly. Property rights, the right to live, the right to be secure in our homes... these are good and need to be preserved. But class envy, racial animosity, and the like are not good. Governments are created -- justly -- to preserve rights we have inherently. This is my reason for running for Congress.

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?

Keep firearms out of the hands of those adjudged to be a danger to others, either by past violent criminal behavior, or significant mental instability. Encourage gun ownership and firearm possession by those who are law-abiding citizens: they are the militia, restraining the evil goals of enemies, foreign and domestic, from the enemy state across the seas, to the burglar intent only on theft of property.

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?

--Tax transparency: a government page describing how tax costs migrate outward from the original payer. --Firearm rights simplification: removing restrictions on features; creating a base level national guarantee of possession, transport, carrying, and use; removing impediments to firearm and ammunition purchase, transfer, and possession, except as may be restricted to a particular entity by court judgment. --Balanced budget amendment

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

The first problem is: who gets to define racism? Right now, describing a virus originating in China as a "Chinese virus" is called racist, and that's wrong. True racism is always a threat to civil society, because it divides us along lines that are meaningless to a true melting pot.


  • Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, B.A., 1975
Work & Military
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  • Rivers of Life Church; Portland, member, elder
  • Oregon Republican Party, member
  • Clackamas Cty. Republican Party, (past) House Dist. Captain
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