Candidate Profile
Matt Lockett

Republican , Kentucky

Biography

Name
Matt Lockett
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 39
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

5
Commonwealth Policy Center, Family Research Council Action PAC, Freedoms Heritage Forum, Kentucky Right to Life Association (KRLA), National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

1
Operation Win at the Door

Reported by Candidate

3
KY Right to Life, FRC Action PAC, Young Americans for Liberty

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2012), Republican Women's Organizations (2012)

Summary

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LIBERAL

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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?

None. Life is a gift from God at conception.


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?

The majority of our state and federal budget is spent on social programs. We can make all of the cuts that we want, including discretionary funds, but unless we make the difficult decisions of cutting some of these social program expenditures, we will never balance the budget.


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?

According to the framers of the Constitution, separation of church and state refers to the state not being allowed to interfere in matters of the church. It does not imply, however, that the church cannot be involved in the state by advocating for policy positions and helping to elect candidates that would further the agenda set forth by the local church.


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?

Healthcare is adequate, affordable and accessible for all when we allow free enterprise to operate. The private sector will always perform better and be more efficient than the government. This is no different with our healthcare system. We have seen through the Affordable Care Act that government only makes healthcare less efficient, more costly and provides a lower standard of care when it gets involved.


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?

One of the hallmarks of the United States is that we accept immigrants from around the world. However, this does not mean that we have open borders. We have immigration laws and those laws must be followed by everyone that wishes to migrate to the United States. We should not allow immigrants from areas known for sponsoring terrorist groups or floods (caravans) of migrants from our Southern border coming in to take advantage of social programs.


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 that Jesus came to this earth and died for all of mankind as a redemption for our sin. He is the only way for someone to get to heaven. Because of this, it is our responsibility as His followers to take this message to the world and live in such a way that others will follow. We should love our neighbor and treat others the way we want to be treated.


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.

www.lockett4ky.com Matt Lockett for State Representative Facebook page My personal Facebook page.

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

I am currently the Chairman of the Jessamine County Republican Party and have worked tirelessly to elect conservative Republicans at the local and state level. I have good relationships with many elected officials, including the General Assembly and can immediately have an impact on legislation. In addition, I currently hold a Master's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. As a financial advisor, I work every day to ensure my clients are on sound financial footing and prepared for their future. I believe our state government could use that help as well.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

NO, I have not.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

First, I am a Christian, saved by God's grace. Second, I am an avid Trump Republican. I support our President and his policies.


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 believe that we need less restrictions on gun ownership, not more.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly 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?

1. Education scholarships or vouchers 2. Pro-Life measures / abortion restrictions 3. Economic growth incentives

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

We have seen over the last several years instances of where racism has been an existential threat to our domestic security. However, I do not believe that we can point to one particular group or race over the other as being the main perpetrator of racism. We must all come together and condemn racism and treat it as the evil that it is.


Background

Education
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Master of Divinity, 1998
  • Murray State University, Murray, Bachelor of Science, 1996
Work & Military
  • Thrivent Financial, Financial Advisor
  • Edward Jones, Financial Advisor
  • KY Department of Insurance, Director
Affiliations
  • Republican Party of Jessamine County, Chairman
  • Immanuel Baptist Church, Teacher / Leader / Volunteer
  • National Alzheimer's Association, Ambassador
  • Americans for Prosperity, Volunteer
  • Jessamine County Schools, Volunteer
  • God's Pantry, Volunteer
Offices
  • State Representative, Sought 2012
  • U.S. Representative, Sought 2010
 

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