Candidate Profile
Terry W. Modglin

Independent , Virginia


Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Selected Contributions


Frank Wolf (2008), Ileana Ros Lehtinen (2008), National Republican Congressional Committee (2006)







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.


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?

To save the life of the mother.


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


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

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.


Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

Strongly Disagree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

A robust economy that is not over-regulated but it is not really robust if the middle class and the working class of people are paid too little. It is not robust if people have to work two or three jobs in order to survive. People will continue to work longer for an employer if their pay and benefits are at least satisfactory. Therefore, a minimum wage increase is in order. Recent research has found that the number of jobs lost from such an increase is offset by jobs gained at a slightly higher wage level. In this country we have six million jobs that need to be filled. Our country would be stronger, and there would be less unemployment, if our educational systems were stronger and our education-to-work programs were more intentional. Apprentice programs are especially good. Illegal immigration also undercuts the opportunities for citizens some places. Competition is also important so observing anti-trust laws is still a relevant concept to insure competitiveness.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government should insure that there is free and fair competition, that products can be trusted to match their public declarations, that labor conditions are safe, and government should inspire or at least not hinder innovation. Government should not be offering benefits so generous or gained without merit that it undercuts the incentive of people to work, to find a job. However, there certainly remains a role for benefits that keep a person from going deeper into poverty. Governments should not be running fiscal deficits that cheat future generations of taxpayers who will have to pay the high level of debt that government has accumulated.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not penalize those who define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


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


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

Employer-based plans are especially good because they are linked to employment. Preventative healthcare should be available for all for a nominal amount. Medicare largely has this benefit. Healthcare coverage is so expensive because of the rates charged by doctors and especially hospitals - they have the insurance rate and the non-insurance rate. If our medical schools were not so expensive, these rates could decrease. For hospitals, so much of the expense is in emergency rooms populated in many cases by indigent and addicted people. These folks can be handled in clinics for the most part. I would also link a person's use of prevention (no smoking, taking screening tests) to lower insurance rates. The cost of drugs is a big driver of costs as well. I would rather pay pharmaceutical companies for their research than allow the exorbitant prices they charge for drugs. Drugs from outside our borders can bring down costs.

National Security

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.


I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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



Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


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

Strongly Agree

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


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


Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Unlimited, unchecked power leads to oppression by those who have that power. Mankind has a flawed nature, vulnerable to greed, deception, and hypocrisy when there is not another earthly check to power.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God, the mandate from Jesus - "Love God above all else and your neighbor as yourself." I believe in the virtues of faith, hope, and charity, and the greatest of these is charity. To me that means we seek all ways to settle problems and disputes before using violence, although we have the right to legitimate self-defense. I am not a pacifist because there is justifiable violence, including as part of national defense. Others may have different religious views than mine. I pray that they find the truth but I embrace the fact that they are believers. I reject all forms of hate because hate directly contravenes the mandate for love.


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?

Somewhat Conservative

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

Opposition to abortion - I am a leader of our pro-life group in our parish in Falls Church (Saint Anthony's of Padua) and in our Council of the Knights of Columbus. Support of religious freedom. Opposition to legalization of marijuana. Support of reasonable taxes. All of the above I have championed in three previous political campaigns - for the U.S. Senate in 2012 (did not get on the ballot), State Delegate in 2013, State Senate in 2015.

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

I like to say that I have the education of the streets and the suites. By that I mean that my experience of growing up in a lower middle class and tough neighborhood environment, along with working lower wage jobs, and also going to Georgetown U., being a Subcommittee Staff Director on Capitol Hill, a nonprofit manager and CEO of national crime prevention programs, an Army officer 19 months in a combat zone (Vietnam), and a community leader as an officer of my condo association, a pro-life leader in my parish, a member of the national Border Patrol Foundation - all these lead me to understand the problems of people at all levels while having exercised program and policy responsibilities. I live in a very diverse community not - I love that and hope to represent "the people." I read widely and my friends are at all levels of society. It is worth noting that I was close to issues on Capitol hill not only for the eight years I worked there but many other years as a nonprofit leader.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 202-270-3083

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

My adult life has been about public service. That is my calling. I have exercised that in a number of different ways. I have tried to be a patriot, a worthy Christian, and a good neighbor. I always try to give 100% and people have said I am the hardest working person they have ever known and some have said I am too honest for my own good. For me the end does not justify the means. I believe that I can maintain my principles while having a relationship with my colleagues that leads to accomplishment. In several of the choice questions above, for example, on the right to life, I chose agree rather than strongly agree. Why? Because I might strongly agree, for example, on protection for life from conception on, but a law must be able to be implemented uniformly and fairly. It would be darn tough to do that from the day of conception.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


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


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Agree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree


  • American University, Washington, DC, Masters Public Admin., 1978
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Bach. Science Foreign Svc., 1969
Work & Military
  • Youth Crime Watch of America, Executive Director, 1998-2008
  • National Crime Prevention Council, Director, Youth & Municipal Programs, 1984-1998
  • Merchant Marine Cmtee, US House of Representatives, Staff Director, Panama Canal Subcmtee, 1975-1980
  • United States Army, Captain, Co. Commander, PsyOps Officer, 1968-1973
  • Woodlake Towers Condominium Assn, Secretary
  • Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Guadalupe Cl 10723, Member, former Chancellor
  • Border Patrol Foundation, Board Member 2009 - Present
  • 173d Airborne Brigade Assoc. Chapter 1, Member, President 2000-2012 except for 2 years
  • Falls Church, Virginia Recreation and Parks, Volunteer Basketball Coach, 1987-Present
  • Virginia State Senate, Sought 2015
  • Virginia House of Delegates, Sought 2013

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