Candidate Profile
Matt Kokkonen

Republican , California


Matt Kokkonen
U.S. Rep., Dist. 24

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Kevin McCarthy, Rick Santorum, State Republican Party Organizations, Ted Cruz
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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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 Agree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

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, Supreme Court, Congress, Voters Supreme Court and Congress are equal but with different functions

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only to protect the life of the mother

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

Recognition of fallen nature of man, recognition of man's desire for power, history of religious wars, rejection of birthright monarchy as ruling class, and also recognition that man was created in the image of God, which then formed the framer's statement of natural law, creation of all men as equal and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, among them being life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. as well as property rights, though not stated in the Declaration of Independence.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Born again Christian though Jesus' substitutionary death, received as a gift of God by faith. My values are framed by a Christian world view.

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

Very Conservative

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

Most recent is public Congressional Candidate debate at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA on 4-21-2016 where I was the only one to advocate the repeal of Roe v Wade. I established non-profit 9-11 American Thunder organization and have held many public events for support of military and national security I have written many articles and been on many radio talk shows, such as KVEC 920AM, defending conservative economics, political positions, and religious perspective. I hosted a radio show on the just war concept

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you., 805-541-1880

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  • American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, MS, 1984
  • American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, MS, 1982
  • Westmont College, Santa Barbara, BA, 1967
Work & Military
  • California National Guard, private, 1969-1970
  • NAIFA- San Luis Obispo chapter, president
  • CLU- Central California Chapter, president
  • Grace Church of San Luis Obispo, secretary, deacon, trustee
  • Simpson University, Redding CA, chairman of investment committee
  • 9-11 American Thunder, Inc, president, founder of non-profit military support
  • Guest lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, guest lecturer
  • Sheriff's Aero Squadron, San Luis Obispo, CA, volunteer pilot
  • Civil Air Patrol, 1st Lt and pilot
  • Chamber of Commerce San Luis Obispo, member and member relations committee
  • San Luis Obispo Tea party, founder
  • elected member, Republican Central Committee, Held 2002-2016
  • elected member, treas, Squire Cyn Comm Serv Distr, Held 1980-1985
  • US Congress, Sought 2008
  • CA Assembly, Sought 2010

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