Candidate Profile
Sheila Griffin

Republican , Florida


Sheila Griffin
U.S. Rep., Dist. 13

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Bill Dudley, Pinellas County School Board

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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?

Possible death of the mother.


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


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

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Increase education through the diversification of the workforce. This will support increase in tax base at its current level. Develop opportunities for citizens to shop and invest payments directly for their future and hold the same inviolate from the budgeting process.

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

I would reduce - criminal justice budget, declaring all non-violent offences not to be incarcerated - foreign aide to nations that are avowed enemies of the United States. - payments to United Nations to move refugees with full citizenship rights and full entitlements to medical, school, food stamps and business funding to the United States - military budget for manned bases around the world not critical to safety of American interests - funds to private research labs for private patents

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

I do not conceive of a circumstance.

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   

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.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Separation of church and state is a terminology that expresses the wish that the government not be able to undermine, challenge or otherwise pervert the purity of the gospel message. In writing the letter to Danbury, Jefferson was cautioning them to remember this as part of his review of the Establishment Clause in its relationship to Christianity.


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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

It is important to discern the clear need and find the places where healthcare is lacking as a starting point. In Florida, for instance, - all children are already covered through adulthood. - Employers provide coverage for some working ages 18-65. - Seniors are covered through Medicare and Medicaid. The state should look at providing option for pay for fee for persons who do not readily fall in either of these categories. Any solution should be specifically directed and narrowly tailored to resolving desperate need and not usurping the right of individual citizens to make choices or insurance providers to offer different solutions across state lines.

National Security

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


What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Stop import of refugees from certain regions and develop a functional immigration policy. Educate the citizens on what is and is not "radical Islamic Terrorism," and gain support for implementation. Work on cyber ways of monitoring recruitment communications.


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   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

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   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.


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

All persons who are so designated under the Immigration Act should be allowed to immigrate. Those persons who have entered the country once; overstayed visas; or committed criminal activity. In addition, where the country of origin has a high terrorist, human trafficking, slavery or other subversive activity, extreme scrutiny should be applied or no immigration permitted until the nation's leadership or practices change.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



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.

I believe that there is but one God, manifested as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that Christ gave his life to redeem all mankind. All who accept this grace receive salvation and are positioned to make heaven their home.


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.

-Strongly support the Constitution and Bill of Rights. - Support Second Amendment Gun Rights -Support and advocate for family values and development of community support for parenting. -Support marriage as being between a man and a woman, with natural affection, for life. - Support fiscal responsibility for every level of government - Support strong military as a deterrence - Support the strength and peace of Israel as an independent State. - Support individual free will and free-market system to provide reward according to contribution

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


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

I am passionate about the Laws of God and the Laws of Men. In seeking political office my heart desires to be a Citizen Representative coming from among the people. As a lifetime resident of the region, I am connected to the community; credentialed and learned scholar; excellent career and vocational experiences to compliment the office sought; a life history of charity demonstrating compassion; and courage to tackle difficult issues and be faithful to underlying tenets of faith.

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

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

All legally incompetent, legally insane, those with violent criminal histories should not be afforded the protection of the Constitutions' Second Amendment under the Bill of Rights.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly 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?

Education: Repeal provision of HeadStart that mandates that children remain illiterate, not learn to read or excel in phonics by the Health and Human Resource to no longer be acceptable in building as a U.S. caste system. Move the responsibility for the instruction for children of indigent families to the Department of Education. Environmental: Modify administrative procedures for returning fines assessed to offending municipalities when they cause irreparable environmental harms. Economic: Repeal Bayn-Dole Act that provides private profiteering from public dollars. Public money goes to universities and private research labs to develop new medical discoveries; then they are allowed to own the patents and to sell to other entities that produce the discoveries/ medicine as exorbitant costs to U.S. taxpayer who funded it.

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

Racism in and of itself is not a threat to domestic security. Domestic security is threatened by divisive organizations that utilize the nation's shameful history of slavery as a means to incinerate anarchy and chaos. Despite legislation and improvements in relationships, there are those who seek to embitter rather than to heal; to destroy, rather than unite through monologues rather than dialogues. The threat(s) to domestic security is government overreach in emergency declarations; dismantling of citizens' right to privacy, non-citizen voter fraud and continued media theater and propaganda, instead of news reporting.


  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL, JD, LLM, 2008
  • Emory Candler Theology School, Atlanta, GA, MTS, 2011
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, BA MPA, 1983
Work & Military
  • University of South Florida, Sr. Human Resource Management, 2015
  • University of South Florida, Mediator Training, 1997
  • Assembly of God/Suncoast Cathedral, Pastor Licensure
  • Covenant Church, Elder
  • Joshua Tree Adoption, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Esther's Schools, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Pinellas Community Church, Praise & Worship Leader
  • Faith Community Church, Youth Instructor/Drama
  • Bay Area Boys & Girls Club, Board of Director
  • Leadership St. Pete, Team Member
  • St. Petersburg City Council, Sought 2015

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