Candidate Profile
Cliff Bentz

Republican , Oregon


Cliff Bentz
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

Panel Rating

Leans Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business OR (NFIB-OR), 2017-18:  100%
Oregon Firearms Federation, 2018:  92%
American Conservative Union OR (ACU-OR), 2017:  80% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union OR (ACLU-OR), 2017:  0%





National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life


Bill Hansell, Greg Barreto, Herman Baertschiger, Lynn Findley, Mark Owens, Oregon Cattlemen's Association

Reported by Candidate

Former Congressman Bob Smith, Oregon Cattlemen's Association, Sheriff Brian Wolfe plus 14 more County Sheriffs, 32 County Commissioners: See, Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Representative/Honorary Trump Chair Greg Barreto

Selected Contributions


Greg Walden (2018), Jason Conger (2014), WinRed (2020)
Eye of the Tiger PAC (2020), Innovation PAC (2020), Jason T. Smith (2020), Kelly Armstrong (2020), Majority Committee PAC (2020), National Federation of Independent Business (2020) and 8 more







Other Information

Voted to ban conversion therapy: "Oregon House passes bill to ban 'conversion therapy' for LGBT youth"

Voting record tracked by VoteSmart. Co-sponsored a bill to establishes a Statewide Nursing Home Visit Program for Parents of Newborns.


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?

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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?

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

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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.

No Answer   

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?

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


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

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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?

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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.

No Answer   

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

No Answer   

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

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Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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


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


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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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.

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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?

several of the questions above deserve explanation: #3. I am supportive of protecting businesses and people in their beliefs, but I think that that supreme court has ruled on this. Is the question suggesting that we ignore what the court has held? I would not support ignoring the court. I would support asking the people if they want to change the constitution. #6. I agree that morality is a desirable and important part of our democratic system, but the term "necessary" is a little strong. #20. Federal laws in place now impose upon private employers make it impossible to ask prospective employees about their immigration status. To impose upon them loss of access to federal farm programs for violating an immigration law when they cannot ask or inquire about status is incorrect. #22. I would consider supporting E-verify when it becomes sufficiently reliable for small business to use.

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?

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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?

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

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  • Lewis and Clark, Portland, JD, 1977
  • Eastern Oregon State College, La Grande, BS, 1974
Work & Military
  • Yturri Rose, Law Partner, 40
  • Farmer/Rancher, Owner, 40
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Folk Mass Group
  • St Peters Primary School, Board Member
  • Oregon Water Resources Commission, Board Member
  • Project DOVE - Domestic Violence Prevention Group, Vice Chair
  • Ontario 8C School Board, Board Member
  • Oregon Historical Society Board, Board Member
  • State Senator, Held 2018 - 2020
  • State Representative, Held 2008 - 2018

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