Candidate Profile
Joan Ballweg

Republican , Wisconsin

Biography

Panel Rating*

Somewhat Conservative Information icon *

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

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business WI (NFIB-WI), 2018:  100%
Right to Life WI, 2015-16:  100%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  79%, 91% (cum.)
American Conservative Union WI (ACU-WI), 2019:  93%, 91% (cum.)
Wisconsin Family Action, 2017-18:  84%

93%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

League of Conservation Voters WI, 2015-16:  11%, 31% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations WI (AFL-CIO WI), 2017-2018:  6%, 11% (cum.)
NARAL Pro-Choice WI, 2012:  F
Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI (PPAWI), 2012:  0%
Sierra Club Wisconsin, 2017-18:  0%

8%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

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

Conservatives

4
Keith Ripp, *Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund, *Wisconsin Family Action PAC, *Wisconsin Right to Life

Others

2
Jon Plumer, Luther Olsen

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
14
Edward Brooks (2016), Jeremy Thiesfeldt (2010), John Klenke (2010), Jon Plumer (2018), Kathy Bernier (2016), Leah Vukmir (2009) and 8 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
5
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Mary Czaja Felzowski (2012), National Rifle Association (2008), Pro-Life Wisconsin (2010), Wisconsin Builders Association (2008)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (2013)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (2010), International Union of Police Associations (2008), United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (2014), United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (2008)

Summary

21%

LIBERAL

79%

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   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Not under any circumstances other than eminent medical issue with life of the mother. Leading co-author of Wisc. 20 Week Pain legislation regarding abortion, signed into law 2017-18 and supported all the anti-abortion legislation done since elected


Economy

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

No Answer   

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

Strongly Agree   

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Neutral   

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Agree   

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Done in Wisconsin before the COVID outbreak through legislation I've supported to mandate more job search requirements, one week waiting period before being qualified for unemployment, substance testing. Wisconsin rates approx. 3.2% or less pre COVID

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Less regulation and red tape to allow for free enterprise. Targeted incentives connected to job creation.


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   


Healthcare

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

Neutral   

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

Transparency in medical costs would do more to provide market pressure to control costs. Continue to control litigation and caps on malpractice suits as we do in Wisconsin.


National Security

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

Agree   


Immigration

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree   


Education

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Agree   

George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

Agree   

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Neutral   

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Disagree   

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Agree   

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

(Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Fully practicing and participation Catholic faith.


Qualifications

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2012 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Republican Primary, 2018 General Election

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.

Support of Wisconsin budgets under Gov. Walker administration and Republican Legislative led budget of 2019. Three term co-chair of Committee on Review of Administrative Rules and lead author on several proposals signed into law on streamlining and simplifying administrative rules, regulation and process. Support of anti abortion legislation as mentioned in prior question. No foreign policy or immigration before our legislative body.

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

Sixteen years in the Wisconsin Assembly with a consistent conservative record. Elected leadership for the Republican caucus as Caucus Chair 2011-2014. Co-Chair of the Joint Committee of Review of Administrative Rules 2015-present. Prior Committee Chairs; Labor, Emergency Preparedness, Legislative Council, Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention. Numerous effective legislative proposals signed into law regarding administrative rules, streamlining and simplifying government processes for government records, real estate and more. Co-founder Wisconsin Legislative Childrens Caucus Refer to my Wisconsin Assembly web page.https://input.ivoterguide.com/ResetPassword.aspx?reset=1688&a=1681

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

joanballwegforsenate@gmail.com

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Elected by legislators in the Midwest to the officer team for the MidWest Council of State Governments 2013-1016 Elected by national CSG Executive Committee of national legislative leaders to the officer team of National Council of State Government 2018-2021


Judicial Philosophy

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree   

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

Neutral   


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree   


Background

Education
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, BS, 74
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Waupun Hospital Board, Chair
  • Agnesian Healthcare, Sec
  • Markesan AFS, Pres, Host, Liason
  • Markesan PTA, Pres
  • Markesan Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer
  • Waupun Chamber of Commerce
  • Council of State Governments, National Chair 2020
  • MidWest Council of State Government, Regional Chair 2016
Offices
  • Mayor City of Markesan, Held 6
  • Alderperson City of Markesan, Held 4
 

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