Candidate Profile
Chris Palombi

Republican , Maryland

Biography

Name
Chris Palombi
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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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 have compassion for cases of rape, incest, as one party had her individual liberty taken from her and didn't get to choose her outcome. I also have compassion for cases if the mother's life is in grave danger and continuation of the pregnancy would kill the mother and therefore also end the life of the fetus/embryo. I am against late term abortion in all cases. In regards to rape, we should find ways to prevent these violent acts from happening. Whether its working on judicial or criminal reform to make laws more strict against those convicted and found guilty of rape and sexual assault. If we cannot protect life, we can not protect liberty.


Economy

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

Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  "I am an advocate for free market principles and stand with pro-growth policies. It is the free market that will better promote a healthy competitive economy, and empower individuals to more opportunities and jobs."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security is expected to be exhausted by 2034. We need to protect the funding to make sure it cannot be spent on other federal government programs, and that it can be continued at a sustainable rate. We need to reassure funding will be there for those who had planned to retire with Social Security benefits in the near future. However, life expectancy has increased, and a part of the solution is to gradually increase the age required for recipients to receive benefits.

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

There are several government programs with wasteful and misused funding, that could run more efficiently with taxpayers money. I would work toward ending the abuse of "use it or lose it" spending of governmental agencies. Foreign aid, especially to unfriendly countries, could be removed. More transparency in the decision and expenditures of taxpayers money would benefit.

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

Students who agree and accept loans should be responsible for understanding and paying off the loan, not the taxpayers.


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.

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   

iVoterGuide Note:  "Regardless if you agree or not with certain individuals or ideas, we should always be free to open discourse...Censorship is never the answer."  Source

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

The individual has the fundamental right to freely live their personal life in their faith, without fear of government coercion.


Healthcare

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

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?

Over regulation has led to skyrocketing costs and lack of options for health insurance coverage. Consumers should have choices in health insurance. Transparency in health care costs will open a competitive market; increasing quality of care while lowering costs, will benefit consumers. Remove regulations to allow free market options for health care coverage and let the consumers decide which is best for the individual. Encourage expansion of direct care practitioner models.

iVoterGuide Note:  "Since the passing of the Affordable Care Act, over regulation has led to sky rocketing costs and lack of options for health insurance coverage. Consumers should have choice in health insurance. Transparency in health care costs will open a competitive market; increasing quality of care while lowering costs, will benefit consumers."  Source


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  "We must continue to make sure we have the strongest and most technologically advanced military to protect our citizens, property, and sovereignty, in hope we never have to use it."  Source

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

We must continue to make sure we have the strongest and most technologically advanced military to protect our citizens, property, and sovereignty against any form of terrorism.


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.

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?

Any individual who appreciates and honors the rights and freedoms of the United States and has the ambition to put forth the personal effort to prosper should be able to legally apply to enter the United States. Congress needs to act on improving conditions at our border, to know who is coming in, and to better streamline the process to allow those who wish to enter our nation legally. We live in the greatest nation on Earth. It's no wonder why so many wish to immigrate here seeking the American Dream and a better life. Legal immigration is a benefit to our nation. Those already in the process to legally immigrate to the U.S. should come first.

iVoterGuide Note:  "Congress needs to act on improving conditions at our border, to know who is coming in, and to better streamline the process to allow those who wish to enter our nation legally."  Source


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.

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was raised Catholic, and am employed with a Catholic high school that follows the Xaverian Brothers values of Zeal, Trust, Humility, Compassion and Simplicity. Our rights come as individuals. I want to ensure the rights and liberties are maintained for everyone, regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs.


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?

Somewhat Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

https://www.chrispalombi.com

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?

The divisive politics in our nation's capital has led to the lack of preservation of individual rights and freedoms for all citizens, as well as reckless spending of taxpayers' money. For too long the constituents have been ignored and taken for granted and it is time for a change. We need fresh and invigorating representation not hampered by special interests and national political aspirations. This is why I am running for U.S. Congress as a Representative of Maryland's 5th district. I very much enjoy sharing different viewpoints and ideas because with discussion there is always an opportunity to discover new solutions to existing problems. We are too diverse as human beings to all have the same perspectives and life experiences. That is the greatness of our country. We must embrace these differences and have the willingness to listen, learn, and grow from such diversity of thought.


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

Every law abiding citizen has the right to protect and defend themselves. The right to bear arms shall not be infringed, and I will fight for second amendment rights. More research and treatment needs to occur in regards to mental health and the use of psychotropic medication.

iVoterGuide Note:  "Every American has the right to protect and defend themselves. The right to bear arms shall not be infringed, and I will fight for second amendment rights."  Source


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

The U.S. Congress must take ownership of their constitutional duty and maintain the purse of the nation and work toward balancing the budget. Legislate free market principles and pro-growth policies which are best for promoting a healthy and competitive economy, thus empowering individuals to more opportunities, jobs, and more affordable health care. Bulk data collection has become a commodity and the consumers privacy and data are vulnerable. We need to hold companies accountable and transparent on the information they record and profit on consumers.

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

I support liberties for everyone. Social injustices do exist but our Bill of Rights is intended to give every individual, regardless of race, religion, creed, or identity, the opportunity to prosper. We need to ensure that liberties are being protected without taking the rights and freedoms away from others.


Background

Education
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, BA Criminal Justice, 2006
Work & Military
  • United States Capitol Police, Law Enforcement Officer, 5
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Senior Consultant, Web Programmer & Designer, 2
  • St. Mary's Ryken High School, Webmaster, 7
Affiliations
  • St. Mary's Ryken High School, Varsity Boys & Girls Ice Hockey Head Coach
  • Maryland Student Hockey League, Vice President (2011-2013) & President (2013-2015)
Offices
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