Candidate Profile
Don Oehlrich

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Don Oehlrich
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

93%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

1
(None listed.)
 

Other Information

Florida Catholic Conference of Bishops candidate questionnaire: http://www.flaccb.org/CQP/2014/responses/oehlrich_don.html NRA GRADE: AQ - http://www.nrapvf.org/grades-endorsements/2014/florida.aspx

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

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

The tendency of man through government to gain more power over the governed. The separation of powers is the checks and balances to protect the people from an overreaching federal government. Because we are a Republican form of government, most of the power was supposed be in the hands of the States and the people.

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

The States should be given an opt out in Education where they can receive their pro-rata share of money without stings attached. I would look at each and every department to see if it is an appropriate function of the federal government or if it would better serve the people on a local level or in the private sector. A thriving economy is also a very good way to address the national debt. Excessive regulation is stifling business, corporate tax policy is keeping investment money off-shore and energy policy is drastically increasing costs to both business and consumers. All of these factors increase the cost of our products that we try to sell here and overseas thus creating stagnant job growth.

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

I answered "No Answer" to your question on abortion because "strongly agree" and "agree" both seem to be absolutes. I am pro-life and believe that abortion is killing another human being. As a Congressman, I will have little opportunity to vote on this issue as it is a State issue. That being said, until we change people's hearts surveys show abortions will remain legal even if Roe vs. Wade is overturned even though a slight majority of the people oppose abortion. As a people, we need to reach out to those women who would consider abortion and give them supportive spiritual and emotional guidance. Regarding your question about marriage, the government has shown that it does have the authority. I don't think there is a constitutional right for Same Sex Marriage (or abortion) but that is not what the Supreme Court said. I think that government should stay out of marriage.

18. 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

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

As a child, I went to the Catholic Church and briefly to a Baptist Church. After getting married, my wife and I went to the Episcopal Church where my wife was the Director of Children's Ministries and I was on the Vestry and School Board. We later went to the Catholic Church where we are still considered members. We have been between churches for about two years because we thought we may be moving. We follow First Baptist Church of Orlando on television and really love the message of Pastor Uth. We are reluctant to choose a church at this time due to the election. My wife and I pray together every day. We believe God has a plan for us that he will reveal in his time. This may or may not include winning this electionr


Background

Education
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, B.S. Business, 1983
Work & Military
  • Appraisal Institute, MAI, 1996
Affiliations
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational, Past Chairman
  • LK Brantley High School, Rock Lake Middle, Girls Lacrosse Coach
  • Wontok Sports Ministry, Board of Directors
  • Sweetwater Episcopal Academy, Board
  • Valencia College Foundation, Donor
Offices
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