Candidate Profile
Rick Laib

Republican , Illinois

Biography

Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

3
Illinois Family Action, Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC, National Right To Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
WinRed (2020)

Summary

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Other Information

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?

I do not advance any circumstances where abortions 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?

We cannot expand on benefits. We must restrict, or at least, maintain benefits, but not expand. Social Security was designed to to be an anti-poverty assistance for individuals later in life; we must return to those economical roots.

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

I would seek to eliminate programs that are underperforming, shift responsibilities that could better be handled by the individual States to the States, and look to see what services the federal government is providing that could be provided by the private market.

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

Under no circumstances.


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?

The phrase's original intention, by its author Thomas Jefferson, was to reassure that the First Amendment was not intended to control religious expression. Culture has taken that phrase and incorrectly applied it to mean religion should be kept out of the public square. This incorrect application has meant problems for our society.


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?

I would promote health care coverage that is adequate, affordable, and accessible for all by getting the government out of the healthcare business. Attractive health care programs have been developed, and can continue to be developed and fostered, solely between employers and employees. The government need not involve itself in order for the public to have better health care options.


National Security

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

Agree   

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

The United States must continue to prepare to deal with radical Islamic terrorism and must work to ensure that safe havens for radical terrorism don’t emerge.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Anyone willing to become an American should be able to immigrate to the U.S. We must preserve patriotic assimilation and close loopholes that have made immigration enforcement difficult.


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.

I am a Christian whose sins were atoned for, solely, by Jesus Christ. Truths of salvation, Christ's resurrection, and God, the creator of the universe and everything in it, are revealed in the Bible, God's word to man.


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.

As this is my first Congressional run for office, I don't have access to "publicly available information."

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?

Pro-life, Pro 2nd Amendment, Pro free market candidate who wants to work for a limited government, more self-reliance, and more freedom.


Criminal Justice

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

Disagree   


2nd Amendment

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

The 2nd Amendment places no restrictions, nor do I.


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?

Legislation that protects life. Legislation that protects the 2nd Amendment. Legislation that protects religious liberty.

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

No it is not. Racism is not what is going to tear our nation apart.


Background

Education
  • Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, ThM, 2014
  • Biola University, LaMirada, CA, MA, 2010
  • University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, BA, 2008
Work & Military
  • Will County Sheriff's Office, Sergeant, 23
  • United States ARMY Reserves, E-4, 8
Affiliations
  • Mosaic Community Church, Lay Leadership
  • Joliet Central Archives Committee, Member
Offices
  • State Representative District 86, Sought 2018
 

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