Candidate Profile
Craig Bowser

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Name
Craig Bowser
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 22
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Conservative Information icon *

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Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

3
Kansans for Life PAC, *National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

2
Kansas Chamber PAC, *Kansas Farm Bureau

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Republican Party Organizations (2020)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

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?

Only in the rare case of the mothers 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?

The Covid19 virus has created an estimated $1.3 billion revenue shortfall for the state of Kansas. The Kansas Constitution prohibits deficit spending. This means the legislature and governor must work out a budget which will require spending cuts. Kansas can delay paying back money the state borrowed from itself in 2017 and reconsider some of the spending increases they approved before the impact of the corona-virus on state revenues was clear.


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.

Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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?

The concept of separation of church and state provides the legal right to a free people to live their faith without fear of government coercion.


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?

Health care costs are growing faster than median income in most states. I am opposed to medicare for all. I believe private insurance and the free market must play an important role in promoting healthcare coverage and access.


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?

Anyone who follows U.S. laws is welcome to immigrate.


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 strongly believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe in compassion, generosity,courage, love and respect.


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.

I am a christian conservative who is fiscally responsibility.

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

I have over 24 years of public service experience including service in the United States Army. As an Army civil affairs officer I have worked with 4 different foreign governments and the United States government to help establish democracy, uphold the rule of law, and serve under-governed areas. I helped conduct the first free election in Iraq in 2005 and establish a local democracy. In 2009 I received the United States Department of State Meritorious Award for my public service. I have received numerous other public service awards and recognition.

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?

Now more than ever, we need new leadership in Topeka. My priorities are simple, I will work hard for the people of this district, supporting small businesses and job creation, advancing veterans’ issues and fighting for agriculture. My commitment to service didn’t stop when I left the military. I will work with local employers, the university, technical college, and military base to incentivize business growth in the region. I support higher education and technical education to train a qualified workforce to fill the demand for technical skill in the Manhattan area. I believe our government CAN and MUST do better. I believe in lowering the tax burden for families and businesses and supporting policies that encourage families and businesses to locate and remain in Kansas.


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 support background checks for anyone attempting to purchase a gun in order to determine whether the prospective buyer has been convicted of a felony. I also favor preventing certain people, such as convicted felons or people with mental illness, from owning guns.

iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate received an AQ rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund KS in 2020. https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/kansas/


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) Kansas tax reform 2) Rural broadband internet 3) Agriculture free & fair trade.

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

I have a doctorate degree in strategic security. I consider physical and cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure and soft targets to be the biggest threat to domestic security.


Background

Education
  • Henley Putnam University, Santa Clara, PhD, 2016
  • Washburn University, Topeka, MBA, 1997
  • Empora State University, Emporia, BSB, 1991
Work & Military
  • US Army, LTC, 24
Affiliations
  • Rotary Club
  • VFW
  • American Red Cross
  • Manhattan Military Relations Council
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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