Candidate Profile
Neil Parrott

Republican , Maryland

Biography

Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

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

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Maryland Right to Life, 2016:  100%
Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation, 2019:  100%, 97% (cum.)
American Conservative Union MD (ACU - MD), 2018:  96%, 93% (cum.)

97%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MDLCV), 2019:  20%
Maryland Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), 2018:  14%
Food and Water Watch, 2017:  F
NARAL Pro-Choice MD, 2019:  F

8%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

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

Conservatives

5
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, *Family Research Council Action PAC, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life, Ted Cruz

Reported by Candidate

4
Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Andy Harris, National Right to Life, Maryland Right to Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Citizens United (2020), WinRed (2020)

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?

Life is valuable from conception to the end of life. Life needs to be respected and protected. The Declaration of Independence expresses this well when it indicates that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.”


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?

The Social Security Board of Trustees indicated that the social security trust fund will start paying out more in benefits than it takes in through social security taxes in 2022. Just 12 years after that, in 2034, the social security trust fund is expected to have completely exhausted its $3 trillion in asset reserves. Without changes, the Motely Fool indicates that benefits will need to be cut by 23% in order to pay benefits with the income. Social Security should not be allowed to reduce benefits by almost a quarter in 2034. In order to prevent that, planning needs to occur so that the social security fund can be continued at a sustainable rate. Since life expectancy is much longer than it was in 1935, one solution is to gradually increase the age required for recipients to begin receiving social security benefits.

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

To start, Planned Parenthood needs to be completely defunded. In addition, there is a lot of government waste and each program should be reevaluated to determine if funding needs to continue. Several programs could simply be cut and would not be missed, some should be removed so that private organizations or churches could perform the task with private funds, and others should be given to the private market. Welfare to work programs also need to be implemented more effectively.

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

We need to make sure students don’t get themselves into a situation of severe debt in the first place. As a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, I manage a college scholarships program. When 1st year students apply, I ask them to read materials about debt and to write a paper about the effect of college debt. Unfortunately, schools aren’t teaching our students proper financial literacy, and this year I’ve introduced a bill to require financial literacy to be a part of the curriculum.


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?

This phrase comes from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Church. He wrote to indicated that the church would be free of state intrusion, not that the state should be free of faith.


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?

The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. Since passing, health insurance, health care, and prescription drug costs skyrocketed. The quality of care has also degraded; when did you last see a real doctor instead of a PA? The health care system is unstable, especially for individuals and small companies needing insurance. Our country can do better by repealing and replacing Obamacare by using free market solutions, allowing cross-state plans, and increasing competition that will have the effect of bringing costs down and increasing quality of care.


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?

It starts by acknowledging that there is a problem. Radical Islamic Terrorists seek the destruction of our way of life and they need to be stopped. President Obama made a mistake when he refused to even name the source of threat we face, radical Islamic terrorists Thankfully, by fighting effectively against ISIS and their leaders, radical Islamic terrorism has greatly diminished as a global movement in recent years. This was achieved by only negotiating with terrorists from a position of extreme strength, by assassinating their top leaders, and by not allowing them to permanently hold physical territory they can use to establish bases. I’m thankful the world has become a safer place. The United States has to be tough on terrorism and has to remain vigilant. I believe Ronald Reagan was right when indicated that we will get “peace through strength.” By taking tough actions on terrorists like Qasem Soleimani from Iran, the United States will help deter future terrorists actions


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.

Agree   

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

Existing immigration laws need to be followed. Lack of immigration enforcement and a porous southern border have led to suffering from gangs like MS 13 who terrorize our District, opioid and fentanyl deaths, and increased human trafficking. Sanctuary cities need to be stopped, the border wall needs to be constructed, and companies who take advantage of illegal aliens should be heavily fined.


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 bible believing Christian where the bible informs my worldview. I believe, like our founders did, that god established in our world a set of universal truths and natural laws. One of those natural laws is the intrinsic value in, and importance of, hard work. When humans are unable to work, or enjoy the benefits of their work, they lose their sense of purpose and meaning. Socialism, a form of government that does not allow people to keep what they earned, will never be effective or appropriate. Just like one cannot defy gravity, one cannot defy God’s order in nature. The bible indicates that one will reap what he sows and that, “the rain falls on the just and the unjust” Mat.5:45. A governments laws then need to agree with the natural laws to be truly successful. John Locke indicated this when he says that, “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it…that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”


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.

93% Conservative score from the ACU. http://acuratings.conservative.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/09/CLA_Maryland_2019_web-2.pdf 97% Lifetime score from the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation https://www.marylandfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Roll-Call-Web-Version.pdf Endorsed in past elections by Maryland Right to Life, the NRA, Protect Marriage Maryland, Maryland Realtors, NFIB, Maryland Farm Bureau, etc.

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?

Thank you for taking the time to review this survey. I could really use your help to win this seat. Please visit Parrott2020.org to donate or volunteer to help me win this race. Only 17 seats need to flip from Democrat to Republican in order to remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and to replace her with a Republican. I want to be one of those 17, and when it happens, I will work hard to make sure that the Republicans do not squander the opportunity to lead this time. I will work to make sure that: • The border wall and electronic fence is completely funded. • Obamacare is completely repealed and replaced. • Planned Parenthood does not continue to receive millions of dollars from taxpayers, but that it is completely defunded. This seat is the most competitive seat in Maryland, and in 2014 was lost by only 1.5% of the vote. This should be another great Republican year and by working together, we can take back the House and get a solid, conservative in Congress


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?

In late 2019, at a Texas church, a shooter entered a church and killed two people before parishioners shot and killed the intruder. Criminals will find a way to obtain firearms, but law abiding citizens need to be free to defend themselves and others from harms way. Access to firearms is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. Our country does have a violence epidemic, but the major cause of the problem is not firearms, but that we no longer adequately treat the mentally ill as we should.


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?

As a husband and father of three children, I work hard in Annapolis to protect our freedoms. I believe a conservative, common-sense philosophy is needed in Congress. I want to reduce crime by enforcing our existing immigration laws, to defund Planned Parenthood, to work to preserve our 2nd Amendment Rights, to return health care to the free market, and to help people gain self-worth by leaving welfare to go back to work. I want to help hard-working families be able to keep more of their money.

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

Martin Luther King indicated that, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” I believe it’s time for government policies to embrace this concept. For example, merit should be used to decide who receives government contracts or to decide who is accepted government colleges and universities.


Background

Education
  • University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Civil Engineering, 1994
  • Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MBA, 2006
Work & Military
  • Traffic Solutions, Inc., President and CEO, 17
  • City of Frederick, Deputy Director of Public Works for Engineering, 1
  • Maryland State Highway Administration, Traffic Engineering Team Leader, 12
Affiliations
  • Hagerstown Area Summer Swimming, Head Coach
  • Trail Life USA, Committee Chair
  • MDPetitions.com, Founder and Past Chair
  • Hagerstown Tea Party, Founder and Past President
Offices
  • Maryland State Delegate, Held 10
 

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