Candidate Profile
Paul Coyne

Democrat , California


Paul Coyne
U.S. Rep., Dist. 24

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1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.


2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.


4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.


6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.


8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.


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


10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.


12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.


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

The founders intended limited and representative government to be more answerable and accountable to the people, for whom the government both represents and works for. The founders of our constitution wanted to protect the people from a potentially tyrannical government. The diffusion of power amongst the branches of government was created to check the other branches and ensure the government was truly of, by and for the people.

15. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.

Balancing our federal budget, national debt reduction, reduction of government spending and limiting the scope of government in the private sector. All four are crucial in ensuring long-term economic prosperity, limited government, and promoting both domestic and global economic competitiveness for American businesses.

16. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Abortion should only be allowed in the cases of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger.

17. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court

18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was baptized, confirmed and remain a devout and practicing Roman Catholic.


  • San Diego State University, San Diego, M.A., 1988
  • U.C. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, B.A., 1987
Work & Military
  • Rabobank, Vice President/branch manager, 1
  • Union Bank, Vice President/branch manager, 2
  • Bank of America, Vice President/branch manager, 3
  • U.S Army, Military Cadet (U.S.M.A), 3
  • Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, volunteer
  • United Way of San Luis Obispo, volunteer
  • St. Raphael's Catholic church, member
  • American Heart Association, volunteer
  • Democratic Party, member
  • Boy Scouts of America, volunteer
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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