Candidate Profile
Jesse Bohannon

Republican , Indiana


Jesse Bohannon
State Rep., Dist. 17

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Indiana Family Action PAC

Reported by Candidate

State Rep. Dale Devon, State Rep. Christopher Judy


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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


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

Strongly Agree

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-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Strongly Agree

The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Strongly Disagree

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Strongly Disagree

The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Man's sin nature means that no one person or entity can be trusted with power. If men were angels, then no government would be necessary, but power tends to corrupt people. However, when power is divided and balanced, man's nature to compete and fight actually serves to protect the liberty of the people as different segments of the government hold each other accountable based on self interest. Our Constitution was actually designed to stop things from getting done.

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, voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only to legitimately save the life of the mother, and this should come with a high level of proof and scrutiny.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in a personal God who interacts and intervenes in the lives of the people He created. I believe in the Bible and the authority of its teaching. God is Holy and man is fallen, in need of a savior. Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God who came into the world to die a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind and to restore his bride the church into relationship with God. People are saved by faith alone, but redeemed to personal holiness through an indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I embrace the authority of Christ, including is teaching to love others and preach the gospel of truth. God is the center of my life. I believe in the authority of parents to lead their families and the individual responsibility to seek God and obey Him. The purpose of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.

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.

I stand on all my conservative positions from my 2014 State House campaign in which I was endorsed by Indiana Family Action PAC - positions I defended in public debates and media interviews. I wrote extensively for the Bremen Enquirer in the 1990s, arguing for a conservative political philosophy. I have been a conservative activist, petitioning government on behalf of our values going back to my work with Citizens or Common sense in St. Joseph County, Indiana since 1992. I traveled to Indianapolis to stand with pro-family organizations for the Marriage Amendment, RFRA and religious liberty in general frequently over the past 3 years.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 574-220-8809

Additional comment from candidate:

I am committed, not only to vote for conservative, pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty, low tax and limited government positions, but to actively work to elect others to the General Assembly who will do the same. I am committed to building a conservative majority in Indiana - and will stand up to the caucus and party leadership when they are on the wrong side of important issues.


  • Bremen High School, Bremen, Ind., Grad, 1998
  • Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., AA, 2006
  • Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., BA, 2008
Work & Military
  • Bourbon Street Pizza, Bourbon, Ind., General Manager, 2014-present
  • The Crossing Educational Corp, Elkhart, Ind., Adult Ed. / Leadership Director, 2009-2015
  • Spearhead Sales and Marketing, Account Development, 2008-2009
  • Jordan Automotive Group, Account Executive, 2005-2008
  • Bremen Public Schools, Athletics Coach 2004-2008
  • Nappanee Missionary Church, Nappanee, Ind., Young adults ministry leadership team 2006-2013
  • Camp Creek Brethren Church, Etna Green, Ind., Youth pastor (interim) 2009
  • Walorski for Congress, Volunteer 2010-2015
  • GodFest, Inc, Bremen, Ind., President / CEO 2001-2002
  • Indiana House District 48, Sought 2014

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