Candidate Profile
Byron Donalds

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Byron Donalds
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 19
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Very 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

Florida Family Action (FFA), 2017-18:  A+
American Conservative Union FL (ACU-FL), 2019:  96%, 97% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  95%, 95% (cum.)
Liberty First Network (LFN), 2017-18:  90%

96%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

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

0%

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

5
*BlakPac, Club for Growth, Empower America Project, *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, New Journey PAC

Reported by Candidate

5
Club for Growth, NRA, Americans for Prosperity, Republican Liberty Caucus, Florida Family Action

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Conservatives For Effective Government (2020), State Republican Party Organizations (2019), WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
21
Alex Mooney (2020), Committee for Special Purpose Government Study (2019), Conservative and Principled Leadership for Florida (Cabin Hill Road) (2019), Conservative Florida (2019), Conservatives For Effective Government (2020), Fighting for Floridas Families (2016) and 15 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Florida Alliance for Better Government (2019), Florida Justice Association (2019)

Summary

8%

LIBERAL

92%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire*

*The questionaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
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?

There are no circumstances where it should be allowed.


Economy

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

Strongly Disagree   

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?

The only way is to have meaningful entitlement reforms. For people under the age of 50 years old, we are going to have to raise the retirement age in order to sustain Social Security benefits.

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

All areas of the US government must be reduced.

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

There are no circumstances where this should happen.


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.

Yes   

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

Thomas Jefferson talked about it in his letter to the Danbury Baptists, but it is not a legal construct in the United States.


Healthcare

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?

A true limited federal government would not impose unaffordable and unconstitutional healthcare insurance scheme on the American people. With the best medical practices and medicine in the modern world, the United Sates should assure to have the world’s best health care. Obamacare is a thinly veiled attempt at a government takeover of the health insurance delivery system, ultimately leading to a single-payer socialist system. In order to lower costs in the healthcare market, we must provide healthcare tax benefits and incentives to individuals, all while removing the current tax treatments from businesses. Our federal government must also use the Commerce Clause as fully intended, by opening up the purchase of health insurance across state lines. State reciprocity allows for citizens to seek their own doctors and care, allowing the free market to thrive and work as intended. These reforms in the healthcare industry would center on empowering consumers and patients.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

The United States should do everything it can to work with allies to eliminate radical Islamic terrorism. Radical jihad sees the "west" as the real enemy that must be fought, so it it incumbent upon the United States to fight this enemy.


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   

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.

Agree   

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

Agree   

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

Anyone should be allowed to immigrate, but it must be done through legal channels. Illegal immigration creates so many societal and cultural challenges that are not respectful to immigrates who came through the legal process.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

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

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 born again Christian. I gave my life to Christ in 2001. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.


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.

Naples Tea Party Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nflpxWI6CHo Byron Donalds on Education Reform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGgPfIfnZZ0&t=44s Collier County Republicans Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-hLltuPLpw Byron Donalds on Fox & Friends: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6161070763001#sp=show-clips

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?

No.


Criminal Justice

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

Neutral   


2nd Amendment

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

No restrictions are necessary.


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.

Disagree   

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

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. Government Organization: Term limits for members of Congress 2. Immigration: Securing the southern border, fixing the visa system, and ending chain migration 3. Budgetary Reform: Zero-based budgeting. Putting each agency on an annual cycle of budgetary review

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

Racism is not a threat to domestic security. The threat to domestic security is radical groups that are using racial issues to further their political agenda.


Background

Education
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, B.S., 2002
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Mason Classical Academy, Board Member
  • Florida Southwestern State College, Trustee
  • Salvation Army of Collier County, Advisory Board Member
  • Living Word Family Church, Youth Leader
Offices
  • Florida House of Representatives, Held 2016-2020
  • US Congress - District 19, Sought 2012
 

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