Candidate Profile
Steve Toth

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Steve Toth
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 15
Incumbent
Yes
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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

Right to Life TX, 2019:  100%
Texas Values Action, 2019:  91%
American Conservative Union TX (ACU-TX), 2019:  88%, 90% (cum.)
Eagle Forum TX, 2019:  86%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2019:  86%
Empower Texans, 2019:  83%
Club for Growth TX, 2019:  74%, 74% (cum.)
Texas Association of Business (tAB), 2019:  67%, 74% (cum.)

86%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter, 2019:  41%
Environment Texas, 2019:  50%, 36% (cum.)
Equality Texas, 2019:  F
NARAL Pro-Choice TX, 2019:  0%

19%

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

8
Llano Tea Party, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Patriots PAC, Texas Right to Life, Texas State Rifle Association and 2 more

Others

5
Greg Abbott, *National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Texas, Texas Association of Realtors/TREPAC, Texas Humane Legislation Network, *Texas Oil and Gas Association

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
19
Adam Putnam (2018), Briscoe Cain (2019), Empower Texans (2014), Greg Abbott (2014), Jared Patterson (2019), John Cornyn (2019) and 13 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
35
Accountability First (2014), Briscoe Cain (2017), Citizens United (2016), Conservative Coalition of Harris County (2014), Conservative Republicans of Texas (2012), Dan Patrick (2018) and 29 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (2019)

Summary

2%

LIBERAL

98%

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   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only in a medical effort to save the mother's life


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?

Reduce waist. Move to 0-Base budgeting for each department, each year. Ask each department to move ahead with a 1% reduction in spending each year for the next 10 years.


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?

It refers to a statement made by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists dated, October 7th, 1801 promising them that Government was restricted from telling them how to practice their faith.


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?

Both Democrats and Republicans have failed the American people on this issue and many others in protection of Health Insurance Industry. - Americans should be allowed to buy health insurance across state lines - More tort reform is needed for a true Loser-Pay system that lessens trivial suits against hospitals and doctors. The results will be reduced cost for malpractice insurance for healthcare providers and hospitals. - Allow Americans to buy the same FDA approved pharma drugs sold in Canada for a reduced cost. - Allow and Promote Medical Savings Accounts through tax incentives in order to promote free market forces to keep the growth of healthcare in check with the CPI. - For Veterans, do away with VA Facilities unless they're in a rural area that doesn't have accessible hospitals. Give Veterans a Medicare Card and allow them to go to any doctor they choose.


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?

Those who come here legally and have a job. Nearly a third of the one million people who come here legally each year go directly on to the entitlement rolls. Future generations will end up paying the bill for this.


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   

Promotion of the LGBT agenda in public schools, including teaching of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, is completely inappropriate and should be opposed at the state and local level.

Strongly Agree   

I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that I was a sinner from birth and by my nature but Jesus' gave His life on the cross and then overcame death three days later and then made it possible for me to accept His saving grace (John 3:16)


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.

My voting record from Rice University rating me on every vote during the 83rd Legislative Session ranked me 15th most conservative out of 150 Members. My voting record from Rice University rating me on every vote during the 86th Legislative Session ranked me 10th most conservative out of 150 Members.

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

I have served two terms as a Texas legislator. I have a proven conservative track as a legislator who is unafraid of speaking truth to power.

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?

(Did not answer)


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.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

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

The 2nd Amendment is clear. "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."


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?

- Legislation to protect minors from parents who wish to transition them to the opposite sex. - Classroom Restoration Act. Control of the classroom needs to be restored to teachers and parents. The US Department of Education and the Texas Education Texas Education Agency need to take a back seat to local control.

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

Hatred is a two way street. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish." I'm called to love everyone no matter where they're from and no matter the color of their skin.


Background

Education
  • Rochester Bible College, Rochester, NY
Work & Military
  • Texas State Guard - US Army, Major, Current
Affiliations
  • Fellowship of The Woodlands, Pastor of family life ministries
  • WoodsEdge Community Church, Teaching Elder
  • Emergency Ministries, Founding Board Member
  • Mighty Oaks, Chairman of The Board
  • The Church at Walnut Hill, Teaching Elder
Offices
  • Texas State Legislature HD-15, Held 4

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