Candidate Profile
Matt Gaetz

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Matt Gaetz
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 1
Incumbent
Yes
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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

American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  A
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
NumbersUSA, 2019:  83%, 97% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  94%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  A-
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  85%, 89% (cum.)
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  88%
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  98%, 87% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  83%, 84% (cum.)
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  83%, 83% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  81%
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  92%, 79% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  78%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  76% (cum.)
Florida Family Action (FFA), 2015-16:  B
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  75% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  73% (cum.)
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  67%

88%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  29%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  23%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  21%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  17%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  20%, 13% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  13%, 13% (cum.)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  10%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  9%, 7% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  6%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  5%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Political Hurricane FL, 2012:  0%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 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
Campaign for Working Families, Huck PAC, *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life

Others

1
*Humane Society Legislative Fund

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
41
Andy Gardiner (2008), Brad Drake (2008), Clay Ingram (2010), David Alan "Dave" Brat (2018), David Valadao (2018), Elizabeth W. Porter (2010) and 35 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
73
67 Florida (2015), Alliance For Honest Government (2015), American Principles (2019), Bill Galvano (2018), Building On Your Dreams (2015), Campaign for Working Families (2018) and 67 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
10
Bill Montford (2015), Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools & Colleges (2011), Florida Justice Association (2011), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (2015), Marijuana Policy Project (2017), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2017) and 4 more

Summary

9%

LIBERAL

91%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Vocal in support of LGBT rights: https://www.newsweek.com/matt-gaetz-transgender-lgbtq-equality-act-1384059

While a State Representative, Gaetz offered amendment to state adoption law which would remove prohibition on same-sex individuals from adopting: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents

Gaetz denounces FL Family Policy Council for calling on the chairman of the Republican Party of FL to resign for sponsoring Sexual Oreintation Gender Identity bill in the FL Senate: (https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-gruters-rpof-stemberger-lgbt-20190128-story.html)

https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1089584844672241664

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.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

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.

(Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)


Economy

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

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

(Did not answer)

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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

(Did not answer)

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

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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.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

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

(Did not answer)

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


National Security

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


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.

(Did not answer)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

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.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

(Did not answer)


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

(Did not answer)

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)


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?

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Criminal Justice

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

(Did not answer)


2nd Amendment

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

(Did not answer)


Other Important Issues

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

(Did not answer)

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, JD, 2007
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, BS, 2003
Work & Military
  • Keefe, Anchors & Gordon, Attorney, 9
Affiliations
  • First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Parishioner
  • NRA, Lifetime Member
  • Destin Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Navarre Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, Member
Offices
  • United States House of Representatives, Held 2
  • Florida House of Representatives, Held 6
 

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