Key

The meaning of the abbreviations in the survey are listed below:

R = Republican
D = Democrat

A = Agree
D = Disagree

Questions

1. ASSISTED SUICIDE BAN. Congress should not pass legislation to allow physicians to legally prescribe a dose of lethal medication at the request of patients with a terminal illness.

2. CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS.  Congress should pass legislation forbidding governmental bodies to discriminate against individual and institutional health care providers that do not perform, refer for or pay for abortions, such as the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.

3. EDUCATION.  Congress should enact legislation that supports the ability of low-income families to choose the education best suited to their children’s needs, such as tax credits for business donations to organizations providing scholarships for K-12 students to attend nonpublic schools or the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

4. IMMIGRATION. Congress should pass comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform providing a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the U.S., while preserving family unity and restoring due process protections to enforcement policies.

5. JUSTICE REFORM. Congress should enact measures that decrease incarceration rates and recidivism by reducing mandatory minimums and investing in increased rehabilitative services and re-entry programs for offenders, such as the Sentencing Reform Act of 2105.

 

Candidate Survey 2016: Congress

Election Day: April 26

Early Voting: April 14-21

Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the candidates about their positions on issues of interest to Catholics. You can use the tool below to research what candidates for the U.S. Congress may have responded on our issue statements.  Just click on the office you wish to search below, fill out the fields on the new page that opens up and hit "filter."

The candidates were asked to either “Agree” or “Disagree” with a list of issue statements (see left side of this page).  No response to a statement means the candidate did not choose a position on that issue.  They also had the opportunity to add a comment if they wished.

The Maryland Catholic Conference does not endorse or oppose any candidate, under any circumstance, and no inference of endorsement or opposition should be concluded as a result of the information provided here. 

Party
Type
Name
District
84 records found
Jim Ireton
D, House of Representatives, District: 1

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: D
2. Conscience Protections: D
3. Education: D
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I am a product of Catholic schools and follow Mathew 5: 3-12: Blessed are: the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. those who mourn: for they will be comforted. the meek: for they will inherit the earth. the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. the pure in heart: for they will see God. the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Joe Werner
D, House of Representatives, District: 1

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I feel I best represent the interest of Maryland families and as a catholic understand Catholic interest. I have a good moral core and judgement.
Jonathan Marvin Goff Jr.
R, House of Representatives, District: 1

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: Did not respond to this question
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I am a Christian. I love Jesus Christ as my King, My Lord and my Savior. I had done so much for the church's. St Johns in Baltimore I took Heavy Equipment and Volunteered and we all worked together and Built a very nice play Ground for the school. I was a Softball Coach for 11-13 Girls of St Ursla's plus Donated a Bunch of New Softball Equipment to the School. I participated in many functions for the School. My daughter Graduated from the institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore.
Andy Harris
R, House of Representatives, District: 1

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: Did not respond to this question
5. Justice Reform: Did not respond to this question

Comments:
I am one of the pro-life leaders in the US House of Representatives. Because of my strong pro-life record, I was appointed by the Speaker of the House to be one of only eight Republicans and one of two physicians to sit on the Special Investigative Panel looking into the disturbing issues raises in the Planned Parenthood videos. I am also the lead sponsor of the bill banning human cloning, and of the amendment that prohibits federal funds to be used to pay for abortions by government-administered health insurance plans.
Sean M. Jackson
R, House of Representatives, District: 1

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Comments:
I'm an active parishioner of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Hickory, MD. These are very profound questions that I feel deserve a thoughtful response in lieu of an "agree/degree" answer. This would allow me to better articulate my position on each topic.
Michael D. Smigiel Sr.
R, House of Representatives, District: 1

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I am as liberal as the Constitution, I am as conservative as the Constitution, I will protect freedom of religion. There is no separation of Church and State in the Constitution. The government needs to be tolerant of all religions and not promote any religion. I have always voted pro-life, and was lead sponsor on three bills leading to the first regulations ever placed on Maryland abortion clinics. Congressman Harris voted to expand federally funded abortions.(Cromnibus 2016) and to fund planned Parent Hood. (H.R. 2722) 2015
C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger
D, House of Representatives, District: 2

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
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Bill Heine
R, House of Representatives, District: 2

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Carl H. Magee Jr.
R, House of Representatives, District: 2

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Pat McDonough
R, House of Representatives, District: 2

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Yuripzy Morgan
R, House of Representatives, District: 2

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Mark Gerard Shell
R, House of Representatives, District: 2

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
As a Catholic, i am very pro-rights, including right to life, and rights of all citizens, including those who have been incarcerated. I support voting rights for all citizens.
John MacDonald Rea
D, House of Representatives, District: 3

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: D
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
I have been a practicing Catholic all my life. I believe in fair and inclusive policies. I supported Unions, Teachers Unions, and 911 unions, when I ran for City Council/County Council in 93/94, long before there was a 911 or a John Sarbanes. I have always supported small businesses, education, watermen and farmers,a solvent social security,Obamacare/Medicaire/Medicaide. Im John Rea and I represent a fresh outlook for Washington,DC.
John Sarbanes
D, House of Representatives, District: 3

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
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Thomas E. "Pinkston" Harris
R, House of Representatives, District: 3

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Mark Plaster
R, House of Representatives, District: 3

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: D
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
When I volunteered to go to Iraq with the Marines at the tender age of 50, I was asked a similar line of questions. Why? Especially why now? The answers are surprisingly similar. First, I have a deep love of my country and a desire to serve her. And second, I had a critical wartime skill, over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine/trauma. Today I am seeing, as many Marylanders have, that we desperately need legislators who had real world, outside the Washington bubble, life skills.
Anthony G. Brown
D, House of Representatives, District: 4

1. Assisted Suicide Ban:
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Warren Christopher
D, House of Representatives, District: 4

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: A
2. Conscience Protections: D
3. Education: D
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
Social Justice is firmly rooted at the center of this campaign. We must stand up for our seniors, veterans, women, youth and young professionals. As a career mentor and leader I will bring a fresh face and vision to Maryland. As a single dad of two daughters, a combat veteran, a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and a Senior Executive in the federal government, I will help the residents of Maryland be successful.
Matthew Fogg
D, House of Representatives, District: 4

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: D
2. Conscience Protections: A
3. Education: A
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
America has full religious freedom and the separation of church and state is hinged on the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. The declaration that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” is also exercised in the “Church Amendments;” enacted in the 1970s. These amendments protect the conscience rights of individuals and entities that object to performing or assisting in the performance of abortion or sterilization procedures if doing so would be contrary to the provider’s religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Glenn F. Ivey
D, House of Representatives, District: 4

1. Assisted Suicide Ban: D
2. Conscience Protections: D
3. Education: D
4. Immigration: A
5. Justice Reform: A

Comments:
As State's Attorney, I partnered with the faith community, including Cardinal McCarrick. We did not agree on everything, but we worked on key points of commonality and formed a strong partnership that improved the community. We fought domestic violence, pioneered re-entry programs for ex-offenders, instituted criminal justice reforms, welcomed new immigrant populations to the region, stood against the death penalty, and worked together to mentor youth in the community. Together we saved lives.

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