Candidate Profile
James Brown

Republican , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
James Brown
Party
Republican
Race
State Senate, Dist. 25
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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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 if the mother's life is threatened by the baby.


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   

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

Rather than identify any one area that needs reduction I would consider the entire budget susceptible to scrutiny to cut waste.


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.

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 is term that means that the state should not restrict or hinder the free practice of religion.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

The government has many programs already in place that address this issue however, I do hear and sometimes personally see much waste in the health care industry. I believe better care could be given by addressing these areas of waste. I have been overseas and it is readily noticeable that other countries usually have cheaper medicine and cheaper medical services. Something needs to be done to bring our prices to a comparable level.


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?

Those that need refuge, those that bring skills our country needs, and those that are willing to follow our laws should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S.


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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Until I came to the Lord Jesus Christ I was a sinner condemned to death and hell. By His loving kindness he sought me and redeemed me to life. I owe Jesus my life and my all. Every day I attempt to learn more about Him in fellowship through prayer and reading his Holy Word. My goal in public service is to surrender to His will and let Him live through me. I will actively seek His guidance to make decisions in office.


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.

I have dedicated my life to serving Christ with all my heart, soul, and mind. Second unto that is to love and serve my fellow humans. This is evidenced by my career. I could have entered public education and earned a better wage but of my 33 years of education experience, 27 of those years were in private, Christian education. I have been a member of the Gideons International, personally distributing thousands of copies of God's Word for 38 years. Our goal is to see men & women, boys & girls come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. In my local churches I have served as Sunday School teacher, SS Superintendent, lay pastor, Bible Quiz coach, and youth leader. Service to others for God continues to be my top priority and will continue as I serve as Senator of the 25th district.

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

I have 38 years experience in education. I believe this close contact with both public and private schools puts me in a position to better understand both sides. Pennsylvania needs to help families have multiple choices available for their children. Families know best what their children need, not the government.

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?

There is hope for Pennsylvania and our country but it does not come from man. If we humble ourselves before God He will abundantly bless us and heal our land. My goal in life is to follow the examples that Jesus gave us.


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?

Yes   

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

The rights of the people shall not be infringed. I would make NO attempts to have the government restrict those rights. I WOULD make attempts to remove the restrictions that have already been passed unconstitutionally.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Neutral   

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?

I would be pleased to sponsor legislation to reduce the tax burden upon the citizens of Pennsylvania, specifically support SB76. Second, Pennsylvania needs relief from the burden of professional career politicians. That means we need term limits, campaign finance reforms, and major restrictions on lobbying. Third, I would support the rights of Pennsylvanians to protect themselves. This includes the right to life, even for the unborn, and the right to protect your lives bearing arms.

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

Not only is racism a threat to domestic security but so is reverse racism. The color of our skin should not matter under law. All of us are God's children and our law should provide the same protections to all races, after all, we were made in God's image.


Background

Education
  • Asbury College, Wilmore, KY, A.B, 1977
  • Clarion University, Clarion, PA, MSLS, 1992
  • Oxford Grad School, Dayton, TN, PhD, 1991
Work & Military
  • Brockway Area Schools, School Director, 10
  • DuBois Christian School, Teacher, 3
  • Cuyahoga Valley Christian, Administrator, 11
  • Dalat School, Malaysia, Teacher, 11
Affiliations
  • Gideons International, Member
  • Portage Holiness Camp, President
  • Pennsylvania Freedom Fighters, Member
  • Crossroads C&MA Church, Lay pastor
Offices
  • Brockway Area School Director, Held 10
  • Jeff Tech School Director, Held 8
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Sought 2012
 

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