Candidate Profile
Ray Rodrigues

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Ray Rodrigues
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 27
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Florida Family Action (FFA), 2017-18:  A+
American Conservative Union FL (ACU-FL), 2019:  96%, 95% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  95%, 94% (cum.)

96%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Florida Education Association (FEA), 2017-18:  F

0%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

4
Florida Family Action, Kathleen Passidomo, Pam Bondi, Wilton Simpson

Others

2
Florida Realtors, Travis Hutson

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
12
Better Florida Education (2019), Connie Mack (2013), Danny Burgess (2020), Defending Conservatism and Democracy (2020), Ethics and Honesty in Government (2020), Jason Brodeur (2020) and 6 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
76
21st Century Public Servant (2019), A Stronger Florida (2020), Accountability in Government, Inc. (2019), Alliance For Honest Government (2019), Americans For Liberty and Prosperity (2019), Better Florida Education (2019) and 70 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
Florida Justice Association (2019), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (2015), International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2012), National Education Association (national, state & local affiliates) (2014)

Summary

5%

LIBERAL

95%

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?

If the mother is in danger of losing her life by carrying the pregnancy to term.


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?

Our state budget is balanced, has been balanced in each of the eight years that I've served in the Florida House of Representatives and will continue to be balanced in the future if I'm elected to the Florida State Senate.


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?

My view on this matter is the same as our founding fathers. Government can not designate a church as its official religion nor can it compel attendance or participation. We have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.


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?

By introducing more free-market principles into the sector. Transparency will allow consumers to make informed decision and put pressure on providers to be competitive on pricing.


National Security

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

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.

Agree   

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

Anyone who follows the law and receives authorization from the US federal government to come to America.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe the sacrifice of his life and the shedding of his blood on the cross paid the debt for my sins and allowed me to be reconciled to God through Him. I believe the Bible is God's holy word and provides the guidance necessary for this life. I believe in the power of prayer and value of the guidance provided by the Holy Spirit.


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 an eight year voting record in the Florida House of Representatives that demonstrates my conservative votes on both social and economic issues.

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

I have 8 years experience in the Florida House of Representatives. This has prepared me for the Florida State Senate.

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?

I'm a strong conservative with a solid voting record and would be honored to receive your vote for the Florida State Senate.


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?

I support our 2nd Amendment and do not support any additional restrictions.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

1) Keep government accountable and transparent to taxpayers by protecting our Government in Sunshine statutes. This will be done by proposing a law to prevent government entities from suing individuals who file a public records request. 2) Identify if our institutions of higher education are providing an environment for learning by proposing a bill to identify and measure if intellectual diversity exists and is promoted on each of our college and university campuses. 3) Protect our most vulnerable children in public schools by proposing guidelines on how seclusion and restraint can be applied to our children with disabilities.

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

There are groups who are using the issue of race to create unrest in our streets. What is happening in Seattle is dangerous to the rule of law an should not be allowed to continue.


Background

Education
  • Berry College, Rome, Georgia, B.A., 1992
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, M.P.A., 2017
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Gulf Coast Church of Christ, Current - Deacon
  • Freedom and Virtue Institute, Former member Board of Directors
  • Liberty Yourth Ranch, Current member Board of Directors
  • Special Equestrians, Former member - Board of Directors
  • Lee County Republican Executive Committee, Current - Member, Former Vice Chair
Offices
  • State Representative District 76, Held 2012-2020
  • Stoneybrook Community Development District, Held 2006-2008, 2009-2012
  • Lee County School Board, Sought 2008
 

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