Candidate Profile
Joseph "Joe" Shammas

Democrat , California


Joseph "Joe" Shammas
U.S. Rep., Dist. 29

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon


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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).


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


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.


The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.


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


I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.


I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.


Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.


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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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.


Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.


Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.


Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

No Answer

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.


Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

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, congress, academia, industry, media, pro sports.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, Incest.

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

limited the power of government in several cases and specifically addressed the issues which could and could not have laws to allow or disallow.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

As a Christian we value life and the opportunity to practice our faith freely and without interference from the government.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?


Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

My faith and relationship with God are solid and provide the foundation upon which my character is built.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. (818) 261-4156

Additional comment from candidate:

I am the only candidate for the 29th district who served our country in the United States Navy first as an enlisted person and later as a commissioned Officer for almost twenty three years. There is a sense of entitlement that permeates around the other candidates and the incumbent. They move from one state public office to another and have not worked in the private sector to support themselves and families. As a military veteran I understand the importance of the safety and security of our great country. This sense of entitlement must be curtailed and only a candidate who has the best interests of our great country should be endorsed and supported. God Bless America.


  • Webster University, Webster, MA, 1980
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, BS, 1980
  • Undersea Medicine, Groton CT, MilMed, 1978
Work & Military
  • Leadership Instructor, LCDR, MSC, USN, 3
  • Reserve Readiness, LCDR, MSC, USN, 3
  • Hospital Administration, LT, MSC, USN, 3
  • Radiation Health Officer, Lt, MSC, USN, 6
  • St. Ephraim Cathedral, Volunteer
  • St. George Syriac church, Volunteer
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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