Candidate Profile
James "Jim" Baird

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Name
James "Jim" Baird
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  96%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2015-16:  94%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  92%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  90%, 90% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  85%
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  83%, 83% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  81%, 81% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  76%, 76% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  75% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
Freedom Index, 2019:  70% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  67%, 68% (cum.)
Indiana Family Institute, 2018:  67%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  B-

84%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2018:  33%, 33% (cum.)
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  25%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  20%, 20% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  17%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

12%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

3
National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life, The Guardian Fund

Others

1
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Indiana

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
Connie Lawson (2017), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Mike Pence Michael Richard Pence (2016), Republican Women's Organizations (2018), State Republican Party Organizations (2018), Tera Klutz (2018)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
57
Aiming Higher PAC (2010), Austin Scott (2019), Bob Heaton (2010), Brian Babin (2020), Brian Bosma (2010), Chuck Goodrich (2020) and 51 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2017), Together We Thrive (2020)

Summary

4%

LIBERAL

96%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Voted Yes for House Roll Call Vote 1337 pro-life 2016 which was the final concurrence vote in the Indiana House on a pro-life bill from this session that banned abortion because of race, gender or disability and also mandated that abortion clinics must dispose of aborted babies through a relationship with a funeral home via either burial or cremation. Currently they are allowed to treat aborted baby bodies as "medical waste". Voted No for House Roll Call Vote HJR 3 to remove 2nd sentence of the Marriage Amendment 2014 which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. HJR 3 stripped the Marriage Amendment of its second sentence, which essentially killed the constitutional process. Voted No for SB 20 sexual orientation 2016 which is an amendment to a bill in the Indiana House that would have added special protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" into state law.

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 am 100% Pro-Life. Other than life of the mother, abortion should never be legal.


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?

Social Security benefits must be protected for future generation. If we allow the career politicians in Washington continue down this path of reckless spending and out of control debt then social security will be in danger. We must balance our budget, grow the economy, and prioritize funding this program at the federal level.

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

President Trump recently announced a proposed budget that would balance the budget in the next 15 years. This is accomplished through cutting 5% of discretionary non-defense spending. Through Congressional oversight we have a responsibility to monitor inefficient and ineffective use of taxpayer dollars.

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

In general, I believe taxpayers shouldn’t be held responsible for paying off student loans.


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?

Separation of church and state ties into religious freedom. We all should have the right to worship without fear of government intervention. Our Country was founded on Judeo-Christian values and we must protect the freedom to worship.


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?

Obamacare must be repealed. I have a fundamental understanding of how this law impacts Hoosiers. As a former owner of a health care company I have seen the terrible consequences of this law. In Washington I am working toward free market solutions that finally improves quality and drives down price.


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?

Radical Islamic terrorism is dedicated to destroying our way of life and must be fought at every turn. However, the United States can’t be engaging in wars across the globe. We must rebuild our military and support allies who share our beliefs and their efforts to fight terrorism around the globe. Standing with Israel is an example of where our government must do all our power to support a freedom loving ally who share our values.


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.

Strongly 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?

We are a nation of immigrants. People willing to lawfully migrate to our Country through the existing process should be welcome.


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 in God and the salvation of humanity through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ. The power of prayer is beyond reproach.


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?

Conservative   

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

My public vote record reinforces my conservative ideology. I hold a 100% voting record with the National Right to Life Committee, a 96% voting record with Heritage Action for America, 100% voting record from Americans for Prosperity, and a 93% voting record with the National Rifle Association.

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 graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. I am a decorated Vietnam Veteran, having served as a 1st Lt. in the United States Army, and was awarded a Bronze Star with a V device and two Purple Hearts with an Oak Leaf Cluster. Before being elected to Congress I operated Baird Family Farms and Indiana Home Care Plus, a business with locations throughout West Central Indiana. I previously served as a State Representative from House District 44 and previously served as a Putnam County Commissioner. I will stand with the President and fight to end the political class’ grip on power in Washington. I want every American to have the opportunity to enjoy success, prosperity, and freedom.


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?

Our Founding Fathers place the right to bear arms in our Constitution and we must protect the Second Amendment from being infringed upon. We should be diligent about keeping guns out of the hands of people with a history of violence or mental health issues. While criminals still make an effort to obtain firearms, we must make their efforts as difficult as possible, while also protecting the rights of law abiding citizens.


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.

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?

If re-elected I will continue to prioritize legislation that is pro-economic growth, supports agriculture and addresses national defense.

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

Violence driven by racism should always be addressed head-on. Our Nation is one of immigrants and we are proudly a diverse Country. Our families, churches, neighborhoods and communities play an important role in educating about the evils of racism and we should take every opportunity to have that discourse.


Background

Education
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, BS
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, MS
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, PhD
Work & Military
  • US Army, 1st Lt
  • Officer Candidate School
  • Panama Jungle School
  • Viet Nam
Affiliations
  • Putnam County Fairboard, Past President
  • Rotary of Greencastle, Past President
  • Cummings Mental Health, Past President
  • Putnam County Extention Board
  • Indiana Beef Cattle Assoc
  • Board of Zoning Apeals
  • Pork Producers
  • Numerous other Community Boards
Offices
  • U.S. Representative, Held 2019 -Present
  • State Representative, Held 2010-2018
 

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