Candidate Profile
Donald Young

Republican , Alaska

Biography

Name
Donald Young
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., At Large
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  100%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 98% (cum.)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  91%
FRC Action, 2019:  89%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  87%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  36%, 87% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  75%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  B
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  69%, 73% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  73%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  69%
Freedom Index, 2019:  57% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  57% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  43%, 53% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2020:  13%, 52% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  59%, 50% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  C
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  72%, 47% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  40% (cum.)

77%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  100%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  50%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  50%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  47%, 43% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  18%, 28% (cum.)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  27%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  25%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  23%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  22%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  19%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  40%, 14% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  6%, 8% (cum.)
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  7%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  3%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  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%

20%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

3
Campaign for Working Families, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life

Others

2
Alaska Republican Party, SEAL PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
7
Dave Reichert (2006), Mike Huckabee (2008), National Republican Congressional Committee (2008), Republican Women's Organizations (2006), State Republican Party Organizations (2020), Take Back the House 2020 (2019), WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
111
American Success PAC (2008), Americans for Common Sense Government (2008), America's First PAC (2019), Ann PAC (2019), Arkansas for Leadership PAC (2008), Badger Fund (2008) and 105 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
39
Airline Pilots Association (2019), American Federation of Government Employees (2020), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2020), American Maritime Officers (2018), American Nurses Association (2019), American Postal Workers Union (2020) and 33 more

Summary

25%

LIBERAL

75%

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 the act of abortion is unacceptable unless the life or health of the mother is endangered by her pregnancy or in cases where rape or incest is involved.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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?

The Social Security Trust fund is in distress. The fiscal health of Social Security will have to be reformed in some way. We must, however, be very careful about how we reform Social Security as 50 million Americans currently depend on it. As such, I would oppose any reform that deprives people of the money and benefits that they have paid into for the majority of their working years. I strongly believe that we must work together to protect and preserve retirement income for all Americans and I am likewise committed to ensuring that workers and their families, are equally protected to receive the benefits they have worked so many years to attain. I also support the idea of giving younger Americans the option to have control of their retirement plans.

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

I have long supported a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to force the federal government to reign in its spending. There is waste, fraud, and abuse we must eliminate in addition to consolidating or getting rid of duplicative programs.

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

I support loan relief that allows highly educated and highly skilled individuals to work in lower paying public service jobs where they can make a difference in their communities. This is particularly important in Alaska where it can be difficult to attract and retain professionals in fields such as medicine and teaching. It is also important that the military offer student loan repayment. In addition, I support loan relief for individuals who have been defrauded by their institutions.


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?

Simply put, the separation of church and state means that government respects the right of individuals to worship how they choose. Although we generally try to keep religion separate from the public sphere, there is no denying that our nation was built by religious individuals drawing heavily on their religious principles. While I am committed to recognize the religious heritage of our country, I do respect the separation of church and state. In America, we must respect every citizen's faith tradition regardless of which faith they choose. Mean and women, currently and in the past, have fought and died to preserve freedom including freedom on religion. We mush recognize our country's rich religious heritage. America is one of the few countries in the world that truly has freedom of religion, and this precious right must continue to be preserved.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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?

By repealing onerous one size fits all mandates from Obamacare and ensuring that our health care system is more accessible, affordable, and reliable by increasing competition as well as making insurance portable so coverage and care can cross state lines.


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 continue to target the finances, leadership, and recruitment capability of terrorist organizations worldwide. Additionally, we need to combat the factors that drive people to join terrorist organizations and undermine those who seek to radicalize Islam, by investing in education in their home countries, engaging with communities and their leaders to identify at-risk youth, and increasing opportunities for women.


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.

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.

Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Agree   

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

We must fix the legal immigration process. As a country of immigrants, we fully understand the role our legal immigration process has in society. However, it is well past time that our legal immigration process moves from a system that focuses on extended family members and the luck of the draw, to a system that favors the economic needs of this country. Our immigration system must focus on the thousands of highly skilled foreign nationals seeking education, economic opportunity, and jobs that bolster our economy. For too long, we have been educating and training a highly skilled workforce only to lose them because of a clogged legal immigration process. Any form of legal immigration must consider the economic impact opening our borders has, especially when we have millions of workers who should not be displaced or disadvantaged by foreign workers.


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.

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a God-fearing man. I regularly attend service and am an ardent student of the Bible.


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.

Gov Track Report Card for 2019: Highlights from the report card include - Introduced the 2nd most laws compared to all House Republicans, received the 3rd most influential cosponsors, introduced 1 bill that became law in 2019, keep in mind that very few bills ever become law. Ranked 31st most conservative compared to other Members of Congress Serving 10+ Years. 83 of my bills have become law the most of any active member of Congress.

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 am a board member of the NRA, an Army veteran (1955-1957), and a member of Boone and Crockett Club. I was named one of the top ten most effective lawmakers in Congress by the Washington Post and I am among the most prolific Members of Congress as well as serving as Dean of the House. I am a father to two daughters, a husband to a veteran Air Force flight nurse, a grandfather to 14 wonderful young Alaskans, a former school teacher, gold miner, trapper, licensed riverboat captain and construction worker. Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/28/these-are-the-top-10-most-effective-lawmakers-in-the-u-s-congress/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d07ac742485d https://www.congress.gov/quick-search/legislation?wordsPhrases=&wordVariants=on&congresses%5B%5D=all&legislationNumbers=&legislativeAction=115&sponsor=on&representative=Y000033&senator=&houseCommittee=&senateCommittee=&searchResultViewType=compact


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

Federal law has regulated the sale and possession of firearms for decades. Any requirements must not infringe on an individual's right to keep and bear arms. I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment and will fight to protect that right.


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.

Neutral   

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?

Responsible natural resource development; building and maintaining transportation and other infrastructure; promoting sustainable fisheries

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

Any sort of discrimination if sought through violent means is a threat to domestic security. America's promise is one of equality and justice for everyone, but we haven't always lived up to these very worthy ideals. We’ve overcome much through America’s history, but more work is needed to achieve racial equality. America must do better. This is a difficult moment for our country; the road to creating a more perfect union is long, but if we work together, I am confident we can begin to make meaningful, lasting change. Next Congress, I look forward to working with my colleagues, as I have done throughout my career, on further legislation to bridge gaps between our nation's communities both in Alaska and across our great country.


Background

Education
  • Chico State College, Chico, CA, BA, 1958
  • Yuba Junior College, Yuba, CA, AA, 1952
Work & Military
  • U.S. Army - 41st Tank Battalion, Private First Class, 1955-1957
Affiliations
  • Alaska Executive Board, Member
  • National Rifle Association, Board of Directors
  • National Education Society, Member
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Member
  • Safari Club International, Member
  • Boone & Crocket, Member
  • Shriners, Member
  • Elks, Members
Offices
  • Alaska State Senate, Held 1970-1973
  • Alaska State House, Held 1966-1970
 

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