Candidate Profile
Rafael Dagnesses

Republican , California

Biography

Name
Rafael Dagnesses
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 26
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

93%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Others

1
Cafe Con Leche Republicans

Reported by Candidate

6
Rosario Marin, United States Treasurer ret., Buck McKeon, Chairman Armed Services (CA-25th) Ret, Elton Gallegly, Congressman (CA26thCD) Ret., Steve Knight, Congressman (CA-25thCD), Sean Reyes, Attorney General State of Utah, Peter Foy, Ventura County Supervisor

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
Marco Rubio, Romney Victory Inc., State Republican Party Organizations, Steve Knight
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Howard "Buck" McKeon

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Jeff Gorell
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Jeff Gorell

Summary

29%

LIBERAL

71%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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.

No Answer

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.

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.

No Answer

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.

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.

No Answer

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.

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.

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 Agree

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

Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Neutral

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.

I believe in the federalist structure that our founding fathers created, which established the separation of powers between the different branches of government. This allows for the process of checks and balances.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I believe in equal rights for everyone.

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

Our Founders created the American system based on the belief that the government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. The Constitution was written under its belief, to ensure that the government served the people not itself.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I'm a Christian

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

Conservative

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

N/A

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

info@rafaelforcongress.com

Additional comment from candidate:

Born in Castro's Communist Cuba, Rafael Dagnesses and his family were able to flee to the United States as impoverished refugees. Though he grew up in on of LA's poorest areas, he learned that by hard work, sacrifice and taking advantage of the freedoms offered by this great country, he could achieve the American Dream. A Marine Corps Veteran and former law enforcement officer, and a 22 years as a small business owner and entrepreneur. He's married and has 3 sons. Rafael believes that government serves its citizens best when it is limited and adheres to constitutional principles. When citizens are overly taxed and job creators are unfairly burdened by regulations, innovation is stifled and hard-working Americans lose jobs. When businesses would rather relocate abroad that deal with our job-killing regulations, it's a clear sign government has gone from helping citizens to standing in their way. We need jobs to return to America and we need the right policies to make this happen.


Background

Education
  • California State University Northridge, Northridge, 1985
  • University of Phoenix, Phoenix AZ, 1991
Work & Military
  • United States Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant, 1983-2008
  • Los Angeles Police Department, Police Officer, 1987-1995
  • Glendale Police Department, Reserve Police Officer, 1986-1987
Affiliations
  • Marine Corps League, Donor
  • Wounded Warrior, Donor
  • Make a Wish Foundation, Donor
  • Operation Smile, Donor
  • Semper Fi Fund, Donor
  • St. Jude's Children Cancer Research, Donor
  • President Reagan Det. 597 Marine Corps League, Member
  • American Cancer Society, Donor
Offices
  • N/A
  • U.S. House, Sought 2014
 

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