Candidate Profile
Tony Gonzales

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Tony Gonzales
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 23
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

7
*Donald Trump, *Empower America Project, Francisco Raul "Quico" Canseco, *Kevin McCarthy, *Rick Perry, Sid Miller, *Steve Scalise

Others

8
*Associated General Contractors of America Political Action Committee, *Dan Crenshaw, George P. Bush, *Lexit Movement, Maverick PAC (MavPAC), Pete Sessions and 2 more

Reported by Candidate

6
San Antonio Police Officers Association, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Young Republicans of Bexar County, Judge Rene Diaz, Sons of Liberty Gun Works

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
19
Brian Babin (2020), Building Renewal in America Now (2019), Eye of the Tiger PAC (2020), First In Freedom PAC (2020), Future Leaders Fund (2020), Having Unwavering Resolve & Determination (2019) and 13 more

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

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?

None


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?

By eliminating bloated federal programs that are eating into our budget that could be ensuring future Americans to have Social Security.

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

I would support the Penny Plan, which requires a 1% across the board cut every year until the budget is balanced. I would also support a balanced budget amendment and a ‘no budget, no pay’ legislation for members of Congress.

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

Under very, very limited circumstances. Federalizing student loans makes no sense. Student loans were voluntarily entered into and lenders offer a valuable service. If college is too expensive, then students should seek other types of educational opportunities.


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?

Looking back at history in regards to England we have learned that the separation between church and state is a fine line that we must adhere to. While we are based off of Judeo-Christian values in our nation we need to also allow states to autonomously make their own decisions just as we allow


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?

By eliminating Obama Care ( ACA ) we need to move back towards a free market system that allows health care companies to properly compete against each other for free enterprise and competitive rates. The exponential rise in healthcare costs for citizens is unacceptable and we need to return back to free enterprise. Pre existing conditions will be covered to ensure that citizens are covered and not left between the cracks.


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?

Strategic counter terrorism units, strong military and cooperation with allies to strategically root out radical Islamic terrorists at the source. Containing Islamic radical terrorists is one of the most important issues that face the security of the United States today. By continuing to keep our military well funded and with the means necessary by allowing our military leaders to attack and defend assets across the globe is key.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Citizens form other nations applying to immigrate to the United Sates of America should be based on a merit system. People that are allowed to come in should contribute in areas where it would be beneficial for us.


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.

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.

Judeo-Christian values are the cornerstone of our great republic. I am proud practicing Catholic! I have been attending Saint Mary Magdalene Church my whole life. The values that Christianity, Catholicism and Judeo values embody are the bedrock of our foundation.


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.

www.tonygonzalesforcongress.com Facebook: Tony Gonzales For Congress

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?

As a career Cryptologist, I was stationed at the Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay, HI, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, USS MICHAEL MURPHY in Pearl Harbor, HI, Center for Information Warfare Training Center in Pensacola, Florida, Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C., and Navy Information Operations Command in San Antonio, Texas. I deployed multiple times in support of combat operations to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom), and in support of regional security operations throughout Asia. I previously served on Capitol Hill as a Department of Defense Legislative Fellow in U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office where he contributed to the defense, foreign policy, and intelligence portfolios. As an active member in the community, I founded the Tony Gonzales Foundation, a non-profit focused on empowering and encourage growth and development in impoverished areas of San Antonio.


Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

None


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?

Border Security/National Security VA overhaul ( currently needs overhaul ) Combating Radical Islamic Terrorism

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

Anti-semitism is becoming a significant threat in parts of our country and it must be taken very seriously.


Background

Education
  • American Public University, Charleston, West Virginia, Masters, 2007
Work & Military
  • United States Navy, Master Chief Petty Officer E-9, 20
Affiliations
  • Community in Schools, Member
  • Child Advocates of San Antonio, Member
  • Make a Wish Foundation, Central and South Texas Board of Trustees
  • Tony Gonzales Foundation, Founder/President
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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