Candidate Profile
Mark Costello

Republican , Iowa

Biography

Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business IA (NFIB-IA), 2017-18:  92%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2013:  90%
American Conservative Union Foundation IA (ACU-IA), 2019:  93%, 81% (cum.)

88%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union IA (ACLU-IA), 2017-18:  25%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IA (AFL-CIO - IA), 2019:  0%, 7% (cum.)
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), 2017:  0%
Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa (PPVI), 2016:  0%

8%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

1
Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) PAC (IIPAC)

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2012), Mary Ann Hanusa (2017), State Republican Party Organizations (2018)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Educational Opportunities PAC (2012), Iowa Association of Business and Industry (2018)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

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?

Life of the mother.


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   

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

All government spending should be on the table.


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   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

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?

Government should not establish a state religion.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

I would allow more insurance options and insurance across state lines.


National Security

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

Agree   


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   

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   

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.

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 believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I believe salvation is obtained by personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ.


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.

My voting record in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Current office holder.

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?

(Did not answer)


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

(Did not answer)


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA, BA, 1984
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Sunnyside Bible Chapel, Elder
Offices
  • Iowa Senate, Held 2015-present
  • Iowa House, Held 2013-2014
 

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