Candidate Profile
Eric Skrmetta

Republican , Louisiana

Biography

Name
Eric Skrmetta
Party
Republican
Race
Public Service Commission, Dist. 1
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Others

1
Louisiana Republican Party (GOP)

Reported by Candidate

6
Senator John Kennedy, Senator Bill Cassidy, Congressman Steve Scalise, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Attorney General Jeff Landry, Comm. of Agriculture Mike Strain

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
9
Bobby Jindal (2006), Clyde C. Holloway (2014), Mitt Romney (2013), Republican National Committee (2013), Scalise Leadership Fund (2018), State Republican Party Organizations (2020) and 3 more

Summary

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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   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

1. Ectopic Pregnancy 2. Advanced Uterine Cancer 3. Other immediate threats to the life of the mother


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   

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree   

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The primary goal is to grow our economy. Job growth follows. My goals during my service have been to drive down the cost of living in Louisiana. I have helped accomplish this by helping Louisiana achieve the lowest residential and industrial electricity rates in the country. Those rates are driving $119 Billion in new industry to Louisiana.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Reducing regulation, where possible, to allow the free market forces to drive a natural growth of economic success.


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   


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?

I would create a national market for insurance. Eliminating the current policy will drive prices down.


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   


Education

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree   

The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.

Agree   

I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Disagree   

If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Disagree   

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The short answer is jealousy. The founding fathers relied on the French theory of Montesquieu when developing the separation of powers. To create branches, jealous of their own powers, would limit the powers of other branches.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God. I believe in his son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. I am a practicing Catholic. I have kept the faith in my family and raised my children within the church. It is my constant goal to follow the example of Christ in His life and to live my life accordingly.


Qualifications

I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election

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.

Public Service Commission meetings are recorded and shown on the hometown network throughout the state. Transcripts of meeting and voting records are also available through the PSC. I have written the following articles. https://thehayride.com/2017/10/skrmetta-never-took-knee/ https://thehayride.com/2015/06/skrmetta-cost-matters-epa-trillion-dollar-rule-struck-down-for-now/ https://thehayride.com/2015/10/skrmetta-pray-for-a-miracle-work-for-change/ https://thehayride.com/2015/09/skrmetta-carte-blanche-for-our-veterans/

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

My degree in Industrial Technology from LSU has uniquely positioned me to understand the very technical nature of issues before the PSC. I am the only attorney on the Commission. I continually use my legal experience to understand issues as well as assist in drafting PSC policy. My experience as a Mediator and Arbitrator have also served me well when helping to resolve disputes between two parties. I have also used these skills to negotiate settlements which ultimately saved consumers money. My 12 years on the Commission has given me a wealth of institutional knowledge. I am well versed on all issues the Commission deals with. Finally, my expertise has garnered me national recognition as I sit on the Board of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and several subcommittees of that Board along with several Boards related to the Utility industry.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

eric@ericskrmetta.com 504-833-6791

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

- Led the charge to reduce utility rates from 9.44 cents per KW hour to 7.79 cents per KW hour making LA utility rates 35% lower than the national average - Reduced LA residential utility rates to the lowest in the nation - Led LA to the lowest industrial electricity rates in the US - Ordered utility companies to refund the corporations' savings from the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Benefit Act - Investigated and recovered $58 million in energy usage overcharges & converted the funds to consumer refunds - Saved ratepayers nearly $200 million in storm recovery charges - Strongly advocated for the expansion of broadband especially in underserved rural areas - Led the way to increase the amount of industrial scale solar generation in Louisiana - Shifted $58 million in construction costs of a cross-state new high voltage transmission line and substation from LA to Texas - Secured staging zones for utility workers to speed recovery following storms and hurricanes


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

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree   


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.

Agree   


Background

Education
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, BS, 1981
  • Southern Univ Law School, Baton Rouge, LA, J.D., 1985
  • Tulane Univ Law School, New Orleans, LA, LL.M, 1986
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Knights of Columbus, member - 4th Degree
  • Dawn Busters Kiwanis, member
  • Jerusalem Shrine of LA, member - Noble
  • Comm of Bicentennial of Constitutionof US, member
  • Institute of Politics, fellow
  • FBI Citizens Academy, former member
  • Boy Scouts of America, former executive board member
  • South Sena Dr Civic Assoc, past president
Offices
  • Public Service Commissioner, Held 2009- present
  • State Representative District 81, Sought 2000
  • State Representative District 81, Sought 2004
 

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