Candidate Profile
Ron G. Estes

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Name
Ron G. Estes
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4
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 Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  96%
National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund KS (NRA-PVF-KS), 2018:  93%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  92%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  90%, 91% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  98%, 88% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  88%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  97%, 87% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  86%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  B+
Club for Growth, 2019:  94%, 77% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  67%, 73% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  63% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  55% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  49% (cum.)

87%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  B
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  43%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  25%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  25%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  25%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  21%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  20%, 11% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  0%, 0% (cum.)
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

11%

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

6
Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, *Family Research Council Action PAC, Huck PAC, Kansans for Life PAC, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life

Others

3
*Humane Society Legislative Fund, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association PAC

Reported by Candidate

6
Kansans for Life, KS Farm Bureau, KS Livestock Assn, Wichita Regional Chamber, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Others pending

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
14
Ben Cline (2018), Bradley Byrne (2019), Bryan Steil (2018), Chip Roy (2018), Club for Growth (2018), Dan Crenshaw (2018) and 8 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
47
Adam Kinzinger (2017), Brett Guthrie (2017), Citizens Against Government Waste (2018), Club for Growth (2018), CMR PAC (2017), Conservative Victory Fund (2017) and 41 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
7
Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Wind Energy Association (2017), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2020), National Association of Letter Carriers (2019), Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (2018), Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (2017), Sheet Metal Workers International Association (2017)

Summary

11%

LIBERAL

89%

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?

I believe that life begins at conception and should be protected. We have a fundamental moral obligation to defend the unborn.


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 return to fiscal responsibility at the federal level. We also need to ensure that we honor the commitments made to our seniors while encouraging our younger people to make wise personal financial decisions and to make use of the many financial planning tools and savings instruments now available.

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

Government spending needs to be reduced across the board.

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

Taxpayers should not be responsible for the debts that individuals have incurred voluntarily, except in those situations where our country has made a commitment to those who have served in military uniform.


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?

This phrase was taken from a piece of correspondence and is not used in the U.S. Constitution. The intent of the phrase was that the government refrain from establishing a particular Christian religion as a state church, as had been done in England. This phrase does not mean that religious institutions and values should have no place in our civil discourse. Our country was based on Judeo-Christian foundations, and those founding principles have guided this nation and our leaders throughout history. Congress rightfully added “under God” to our pledge in 1954, further solidifying the United States’ deep-rooted establishment in the Judeo-Christian faith.


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?

Obamacare broke the health care system that was working for most people while trying to fix a problem that affected only a small percentage of health care consumers. We need to allow the free market and private sector to do what they do best by removing burdensome and expensive regulations, encouraging expansion of telehealth options, expanding affordable choices, and ensuring transparency and efficiency in the health care delivery system while providing a safety net for the most vulnerable.


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?

We must remain vigilant against terroristic threats by maintaining strong intelligence and military defense capabilities.


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 country is a nation of immigrants. However, our current immigration system is broken. Individuals who attempt to apply legally have difficulty navigating and completing the process, while others cross our borders illegally and stay for years. We need a revised process that considers the security and free market needs of our country while allowing immigrants to complete the legal requirements of residency and citizenship in a timely, accountable manner.


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.

My Christian beliefs and values are based in and guided by God’s Word and are inextricably linked to who I am as a person, husband, father and public servant.


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.

I have the highest 2019 and lifetime score from the American Conservative Union of the entire Kansas federal delegation (97% 2019 score/87.17% lifetime score). I have a 98% Heritage Action score, as well.

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?

I believe that my record of public service in the U.S. House of Representatives reflects my dedication to faith, family, religious and individual liberties, and the sanctity of life. I would appreciate your vote in November.


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?

The Second Amendment places no restrictions on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.


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?

1. I will continue to support and sponsor legislation that protects the sanctity of life and religious and individual liberties, including the Second Amendment. 2. I will continue to support and sponsor legislation that encourages personal and fiscal responsibility as individuals and as a nation. 3. I will continue to support and sponsor legislation that equips our law enforcement officers and military personnel and honors our commitment to our veterans.

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

Racism is antithetical to the concept of equality. The Declaration of Independence highlights the foundational truths upon which our country was founded: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And, as Abraham Lincoln aptly noted: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


Background

Education
  • Tennessee Tech Univ, Cookeville, TN, BS Civil Engineering, 1978
  • Tennessee Tech Univ, Cookeville, TN, MBA, 1983
Work & Military
  • Bombardier Learjet, Project Mgr/Six Sigma Agent, 2001-2005
  • Koch Oil/Koch Refined Products, Program Mgr, 1995-2000
Affiliations
  • Airport Authority, Board member
  • Kansans for Life, Supporter/Sponsor
  • National Rifle Assn, Member
  • Nat’l Young Republican, Asst Treasurer
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Member
Offices
  • KS State Treasurer, Held 2011-2017
  • Sedgwick Co (KS) Treasurer, Held 2005-2011
  • Precinct committteeman, Sought 1996-present
  • KS GOP State Party vice-chair, Sought 2009-2011
 

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