Candidate Profile
Bill Loughrige

Republican , Arizona

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative
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Selected Contributions

Conservative

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David Schweikert (2010)

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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?

Abortion should be an available option for victims of rape, incest or those impregnated through manipulation because of cognitive impairment or developmental disability. There also needs to be a process to protect babies when drug users and those that become repeatedly pregnant abuse the systems.


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?

Arizona adheres to it's Constitution that requires a balanced budget. I'm always in favor of less government spending.


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 paraphrase two of our Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison believed that without separating church from state, there could be no real religious freedom. Religious leaders should not make and enforce laws and governments should not restrict free worship.


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 coverage" is not synonymous with "medical healthcare coverage." Having insurance may increase the quantity of care you get, but it does not guarantee the high-quality care you may need. Private NOT government-run healthcare insurance is the only option that provides the highest levels of coverage. A "one-size-fits-all" government health care system can not address the individual needs of our population. Surrendering healthcare to bureaucrats is not a viable solution; it has proven a disaster already. Tort reform legislation is needed to limit liabilities for doctors and medical facilities and enable private market insurance companies to offer provide coverage at affordable rates. Indigent individuals will continue to get health protection through local and state programs.


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?

Qualified applicants who meet the legislative-approved criteria and requirements.


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.

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.

My Christian spiritual beliefs and values are grounded from family and being raised in the First Congregational Church of Tempe. I am currently a member of the King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe where my children were confirmed. As Christians, we are obliged to be calm, kind, forgiving and nonjudgmental.


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 basic position is smaller government, lower taxes, more freedom and a balanced budget. Described by a liberal friend of mine as platitudes, I believe they are the foundations of freedom. Socialism destroys freedom and freedom is what has made and kept America strong. The 1st and 2nd Amendments are under attack and must be protected. At the same time not all Democratic ideas are all wrong and not all Republican ideas are all correct. We have remained strong by reaching common agreement on important issues.

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

I retired as a Senior Special Agent for the United States Customs Service following a 35 year law enforcement career. He then established a small private investigations company, also offering process server and security guard services. Active in the community, I ahve served as president of Kiwanis Club of Tempe-Sunrise and the volunteer, non-profit Walker Fire Protection Association near Prescott, AZ. A wage earner all of my life, Although I lost Millie to illness after 56 years of marriage, our home is still family-central for our adult children, grandchildren and all others considered "adopted family."

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?

Please check out my website at bill4az.com for more information throughout the 2020 campaign. E-mail me any questions or concerns as I invite all opportunities to dialogue with the LD 26 residents.


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?

Yes   

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

Gun ownership is a Constitutional right to Americans. Any effort to remove this right must be done on an individual basis by a jury of peers.


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 Issues regarding seniors. #2 Issues regarding children. #3 Issues regarding public safety.

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

The United States is not a racist nation.


Background

Education
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, B.A. Psych, 1969
Work & Military
  • Phoenix Police Department, Patrolman, 1963-1971
  • US Customs Service, Special Agent, 1971-1998
  • WJL Investigations, Inc, President - Private Investigator, 1998-present
Affiliations
  • Kiwanis Club of Tempe Sunrise, President & Past Secretary
  • Southwest District Kiwanis International, Lt. Governor for Tempe (two terms)
  • National Muzzleloading Rifle Association, Coordinator-Western National Shoot 2000-2018
  • Arizona Western Independent National Shoot, Co-Founder; Coordinator 2019-2020
  • Anozira Color Guard, Co-Founder
  • Walker, AZ Fire Protection Association, President
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Past President-Arizona Chapter
  • Tempe Junior Miss Scholarship Program, Co-Chairman 1990-1997
Offices
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