Candidate Profile
Andy Biggs

Republican , Arizona

Biography

Name
Andy Biggs
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Very 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

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), 2015:  100%
Club for Growth, 2019:  100%, 100% (cum.)
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  A
National Federation of Independent Business AZ, 2013-14:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  100%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  A
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
NumbersUSA, 2019:  97%, 99% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2020:  100%, 98% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  100%, 98% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  97%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  100%, 95% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  96%, 94% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  92% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  90% (cum.)
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  89%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  86%
Eagle Forum, 2019:  86%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  82%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  75%, 75% (cum.)

95%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  33%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  29%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  25%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  23%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  18%, 18% (cum.)
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  18% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  10%, 17% (cum.)
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  15%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  13%, 13% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  10%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  9%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  11%, 9% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  9%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  8%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  0%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  F
Planned Parenthood Advocates of AZ, 2015:  0%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

10%

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
Arizona Free Enterprise Club, Arizona Right to Life Action, Campaign for Working Families, Center for Arizona Policy Action (CAP Action), Citizens United Political Victory Fund, *Family Research Council Action PAC and 2 more

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
19
Brian Fitzpatrick (2019), Bruce Poliquin (2018), Club for Growth (2016), Daniel (Dan) Bishop (2019), Don Bacon (2019), Donald Trump (2020) and 13 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
42
Campaign for Working Families (2018), Citizens Against Government Waste (2018), Citizens United (2019), Club for Growth (2016), Conservative Promises PAC (2016), Conservative Victory Fund (2016) and 36 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2016), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2020), Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (2018)

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 staunchly pro-life and do not support abortion. According to St. Joseph’s Pregnancy Resource Clinic, 0.1% of abortions in the United States since 2012 were performed to save the life of the mother and I would not support expanding the circumstances under which they are performed.


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?

We must keep the promises made to those who currently or will soon rely on Social Security for their retirement. Recently, the Social Security Board of Trustees projected that the Social Security “trust fund” will run out of cash reserves by 2034. This is especially sobering when we consider our Nation’s enormous debt load of $21 trillion and the fact that the funds which pay these benefits are taken from the general fund. When we consider the state of our Nation’s finances, one thing is clear: the government should not be trusted with such a large portion of the American people’s retirement funds. With our national debt now exceeding our GDP, we must ensure that Americans are not forced to turn over their hard-earned savings to bail out big-spending politicians. As we increase the freedom of individuals to determine how and where they will save their own money, we will better protect future generations from suffering the crushing effects of austerity and uncertainty.

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

Now approaching $27 trillion, our national debt has become a threat to our national security. Our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will be saddled with the burdens of Congress’ irresponsible and out-of-control spending habits. We must cease spending on unconstitutional federal programs and pass a true balanced budget that respects our constitutional foundations and prevents future economic collapse.

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

Taxpayers should never be on the hook for student loans. The increase in federal assistance, including loan forgiveness programs, has allowed the cost of higher education to skyrocket, while saddling graduates with unsustainable levels of debt. Student loan debt now tops $1.6 trillion, second only to mortgage debt. Rather than seek additional federal funds, students should be cost-conscious consumers that force colleges and universities to offer innovative programs at reasonable rates.


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 is not mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution. It is rooted in a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to Danbury Baptist Church arguing that no religious sect should receive primacy over another by virtue of government power or influence. Sadly, we’ve seen that notion of separation be twisted into a belief that religion and government may not intermingle in any way and used to eradicate religion from the public square. It’s time to reverse that notion so that citizens can practice their faith in all circumstances.


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?

Lower costs and higher quality care are not mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, we have seen that increased government intrusion has not led to better outcomes and has only served to increase distortions in the marketplace. To combat the issues we face, we must repeal Obamacare in its entirety. I have and will continue to push for more freedom and less regulatory red tape to finally bring relief to providers and patients alike. Our physicians are the most dedicated and skilled in the world, and I believe that they know how to care for their patients better than any bureaucrat does. The sooner the doctor/patient relationship begins to look less like the result of a system and more like a personal relationship, the better off we’ll be.


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?

To maintain peace here at home, I am a firm believer in the policy of “peace through strength.” In addition to a robust military force, we must also have control of our Nation’s borders. These are the two most fundamental principles of national security that we must not compromise on if we are to defend against this threat.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Our immigration policies should support the interests of our nation while always protecting American jobs. We should move towards a merit-based system that allows individuals with in-demand skill sets who will create additional jobs and increase economic opportunities for all Americans. We must also address rampant illegal immigration, end birthright citizenship, and eliminate chain migration. We cannot truly protect our citizens and communities unless we reclaim our sovereignty and restore control over our nation’s borders.


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.

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I believe that each of us is a child of the same God and that He loves us. As God’s children, we are endowed by Him with rights that are as natural and necessary to the human soul as breathing is to the human body. Our natural rights cannot be granted to us by government, as they are not a government’s to give. Ultimately, the duty of our governments is to protect these inherent rights by ensuring that each of us are free to live and fulfill the measure of our creation.


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.

Ratings by Conservative Watchdog Groups: Club for Growth: 100%; FreedomWorks: 98%; Americans for Prosperity: 96%; American Conservative Union: 94% Heritage Action: 94%

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)


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?

New restrictions on our Second Amendment rights are not necessary to keep our communities safe. Legal gun ownership by law-abiding citizens is not the driver of criminal activity in our nation. Criminals by definition do not follow the law, and new restrictions will do little to curb gun violence. The loss of faith, breakdown of family, and acceptance of cultural violence are the root of many of these unfortunate instances.


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.

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?

I will introduce legislation to ensure Congress passes a balanced budget, to reduce the cost of healthcare by increasing options for consumers and removing government mandates, and to fund and build the border wall to keep our nation safe.

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

Failure to respect the dignity of all human life, no matter the color of their skin, will threaten the fabric of our nation. Every individual should have equal opportunity to pursue their dream and better their life, no matter their race, religion, sex, or economic background. The United States provides that opportunity better than any other nation in the world. We cannot let race become a wedge that drives us apart as it will only hamper the ability of us all to succeed.


Background

Education
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, B.A. Asian Studies, 1982
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, J.D., 1984
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, M.A. Political Science, 1999
Work & Military
  • United States Congress, U.S. Represenative, 2017-Present
  • Arizona State Senate, Senate President, 2011-2017
  • Arizona State House, State Representative, 2003-2011
  • Attorney-at-Law
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • U.S. Representative, Held 2017-Present
  • Arizona State Senate, Held 2011-2017
 

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