Candidate Profile
Bob Gardner

Republican , Colorado

Biography

Panel Rating*

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

National Federation of Independent Business CO (NFIB - CO), 2018:  100%
Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT), 2020:  81%
Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado (RLC - CO), 2020:  65%
Principles of Liberty (POL), 2019:  61%

77%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Women's Lobby of Colorado, 2020:  44%
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI), 2019:  43%
Colorado Conservation Voters, 2019:  8%, 25% (cum.)
Conservation Colorado, 2019:  8%, 25% (cum.)
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  16%
One Colorado, 2019:  0%, 12% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union CO (ACLU CO), 2019:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice CO, 2018:  F

21%

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

1
National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

4
*Americans for Prosperity Action, Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Medical Society PAC, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Colorado

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
17
Amy Stephens (2012), Bob Beauprez (2017), Colorado Leadership Fund (2017), Conservative Joint Victory Fund 2010 (2010), Doug Lamborn (2014), Larry Crowder (2017) and 11 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
20
BrianPAC (2017), Colorado Concern (2012), Colorado Liberty Fund (2020), Committee for the American Dream (2017), Frank McNulty (2017), Larry Crowder (2019) and 14 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
Black Jack PAC (2017), Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (2008), Joe Miklosi (2020), WilsonPAC (2017)

Summary

10%

LIBERAL

90%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Received a rating of A from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.

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 Disagree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Based upon current Supreme Court precedent, I believe abortion should be prohibited at 20 weeks except when the life or health of the mother is at stake in a serious way.


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?

I would reduce as much social spending as possible and do a bottom up review of existing programs to determine what is duplicative, inappropriate for government to do, or simply has continued beyond its usefulness.


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.

Neutral   

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?

It means that government should not interfere in a person's exercise of his/her faith or religion either as an individual or a group. Ironically, I think the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, when followed and upheld, has struck about as workable a balance as can be done in free exercise and separation of church and state. It is not perfect, but better than the court precedents by themselves.


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?

The best way to do this is to allow the free market to work as much as possible in healthcare and support tort reform and caps on non-economic damages is malpractice litigation.


National Security

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

Strongly 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?

Only legal immigration should be allowed. Unfortunately, neither the left nor the right has been willing to address immigration issues in a coherent way and then enforce the legislative decisions made.


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 an evangelical Christian; Southern Baptist by denomination.


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.

One who wishes to validate this claim may search my voting record in my 12 years of service in the Colorado legislature and make their own conclusions.

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

I am a military veteran and a practicing attorney for almost forty years. I have a BS in International Affairs, a JD (first law degree) and an LLM (graduate law degree). I have served 12 years in the Colorado General Assembly. Some will say I am highly qualified and others will say that some of this disqualifies me. The voters can decide for themselves.

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?

I have twelve years of legislative record in the Colorado General Assembly. In that time, I have been a consistent advocate and supporter of conservative values. If one thinks that I am not conservative enough for their liking, I invite them to consider my opponent who is a progressive social liberal. The choice is stark and clear.


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.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

Very few. I support restrictions on gun ownership by convicted felons, those with diagnosed mental illness, and other findings of violence arrived at by due process proceedings. I do not support red flag orders as enacted in Colorado or similar ones in other jurisdictions.


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?

Restrictions on executive power during declared emergencies Sharing of public education funding with parents when required to educate children at home Amendments to new police accountability legislation in support of law enforcement

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

I don't even know what this means. My view is best expressed this way: I abhor racism and believe that it should not be tolerated.


Background

Education
  • Geo Washington University, Washington DC, LLM, 1986
  • Univ of Texas, Austin TX, JD, 1981
  • US Air Force Academy
Work & Military
  • United States Air Force Reserve, LtCol, 1989-1998
  • United States Air Force, Maj, 1976-1989
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 2007-2014
  • State Senator, Held 2017-Present
 

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