Candidate Profile
Phillip Wheeler

Republican , Kentucky

Biography

Name
Phillip Wheeler
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 31
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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Endorsements

Conservatives

3
Freedoms Heritage Forum, Kentucky Right to Life Association (KRLA), National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Liberals

1
United Mine Workers Kentucky COMPAC

Reported by Candidate

1
UMWA

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
12
Alice Forgy Kerr (2017), D. Chad McCoy (2018), Dan "Malano" Seum (2018), Daniel Cameron (2019), Hal Rogers (2017), James R. Comer Jr. (2011) and 6 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
31
Adam Koenig (2019), Bart Rowland (2019), Brandon D. Smith (2019), C. B. Embry, Jr. (2019), Damon Thayer (2019), David Meade (2019) and 25 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Leslie Combs (2010)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Jim Gooch, Jr. (2019)

Summary

5%

LIBERAL

95%

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?

I am 100% pro-life.


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   

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

(Did not answer)


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?

To me, separation of church and state means that the state will not interfere in the actions of the church.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

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

I think the most important thing to ensure adequate health coverage is to bring more competition to the marketplace to drive prices on insurance down.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

I believe that immigration should be limited to educated people who can support themselves and contribute to our nation's economy.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that he died for our sins so that we might be saved.


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.

During my time in the General Assembly, I have supported all pro-life and pro-gun legislation.

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

I am a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have advocated for the rights of the injured and disabled for my entire legal career. I think these skills help me to advocate for my region which is suffering economic strife due to the down turn in the coal industry.

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 been a life-long conservative and am a proud supporter of President Trump's pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-American worker "Make America Great Again" Agenda!


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?

I think our current gun restrictions are more than sufficient to protect public safety.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

1) Infrastructure Investment in Eastern Kentucky 2) Legislation to encourage more tourism in Kentucky 3) Legislation to bring drug prices and particularly prescription insulin under control.

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • Pikeville High School, Pikeville, KY, Diploma, 1996
  • Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, BA, 2000
  • UK College of Law, Lexington, KY, JD, 2004
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • State Senator 31st District, Held 1.5
  • State Representative, Sought 2016
 

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