Candidate Profile
Rob Mercuri

Republican , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
Rob Mercuri
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 28
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Conservative
(Conditional) Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

2
Keith Rothfus, *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

2
Mike Turzai, Republican State Leadership Committee

Reported by Candidate

1
Speaker Mike Turzai

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Keith Rothfus (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

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?

I consider human life to begin at conception, so exceptions to abortion limits should be exceedingly rare and consider the life of the mother and her well being as primary considerations.


Economy

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

Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Government should be as efficient as possible in spending taxpayer money and agencies should be held accountable for innovating ways to cut spending for their areas of responsibility to ensure the budget is balanced. Families and businesses know inherently how to balance their budgets and so should our government agencies.


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   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Neutral   

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?

Complete freedom of religious expression without restriction or restraint by the state.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

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

The private sector has prepared our nation, state and region with the most innovative and life-saving health care in the world. As a people, we must decide how to create a more accessible system so that each American can access this world-class health care appropriately and care for themselves and their families.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


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   

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   

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

We are a nation of immigrants with a long history of assimilation. Legal immigration should always be a part of how America continues to grow.


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.

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a life-long Christian, saved by grace through faith and striving each day to honor the Biblical example of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


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?

Conservative   

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

I am a Ronald Reagan Republican, prioritizing low taxes, less government, strong defense, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and conservative social values.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I am a West Point trained leader with an MBA and private sector experience in financial services that has prepared me for a role in the public sector. My wife and I own a small business in the pack and ship sector of our local economy.

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?

Thank you for taking the time to review my vision and values and for participating in our great democratic process by voting!


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

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

As a supporter of our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, we should ensure personal freedoms are protected while also balancing public safety through responsible measures.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Disagree   

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

Infrastructure expansion, economic incentives for new business, innovative educational partnerships.

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

As a Christian I believe we should treat each other with the highest degree of respect without regard to race or creed.


Background

Education
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, Bachelor of Science, 2004
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, MBA, 2009
Work & Military
  • US Army, Captain, 2004-2009
Affiliations
  • YMCA, Board Member
  • American Corporate Partners, PNC Chair
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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