Candidate Profile
James T. "Jim" Marter

Republican , Illinois


James T. "Jim" Marter
U.S. Rep., Dist. 16

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Illinois Center Right Coalition

Reported by Candidate

Joe Walsh - former Congressman & radio host, John McGlasson - IL 16th CD GOP State Central Comm, Burt Minor - GOP Twp Chairman, Mike Mendola - Marshall County GOP Chairman, others - not listed

Selected Contributions


John Sidney McCain, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Republican National Committee
Pro Life Victory Federal PAC







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

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

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?


What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

We should first and foremost on the world stage, be engaged in diplomatic efforts, and when necessary military actions to protect the safety and security of the American Citizen. Americans have grown weary of Wars without clear and direct purpose and impossible rules of engagement that put the lives of our American Soldiers at risk every day. The rules of engagement should be set to protect the American solider first. Radical Islamic terrorist organizations and ISIS are a clear and present threat to American’s both home and Abroad and to our allies. They should be treated as a direct enemy and handled as such. The Congress of the United States has a duty to the American citizen to make a declaration of war in any engagement of a foreign enemy, whether a state or a terrorist organization, with a clearly named enemy and objective and scope of that declaration.

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

Mankind's nature of sin. The founders clearly had in mind the sins of gluttony, greed, pride, and envy, among others that made them forge a new form of government, like none other previous to ensure the elected representatives of the people would have the proper checks and balances to prevent the government from behaving only in its and its members interest and not the peoples interests. In spite of those checks and balance, we have today an out of control federal government.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Christian, Catholic. I believe in God the Father, Jesus his son and our savior, and the Holy Spirit.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

My Facebook page contains post of my opinions and public appearance and speeches since first entering into a federal campaign vs. then incumbent Senator Mark Kirk. As well my personal FaceBook account "James Marter" contains the same. All post on both were done as public. And very few if any have been deleted or removed. Also, as federal candidate in 2015/2016 and now in 2017/2018 there are numerous news sources which have reported, interviewed, and documented my views and positions.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

The unconstitutional un-Affordable Care Act needs to be repealed. The formerly free Private insurance market has been devastated by the PPACA. Prices have soared affecting millions of American Families, like mine, now in excess of 300% since the passage of the PPACA. It is NOT OK for the Government to demand of its citizen's that they must purchase a “product” in a government manipulated and controlled non free market-place, which you cannot see, hear, touch, smell, nor taste, which cannot guarantee any services, which comes with exorbitant ever increasing manipulated prices and deductibles, which no working American can afford. Constitutional and market based reforms need to be enacted: a) restoring free markets (e.g. prescription drugs) b) portability of insurance across state lines; from employer plans to employee c) tort reform d) equalized tax free treatment of health care costs individuals. e) allow all Americans to directly participate in tax-free Health Savings Accounts

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Unleash the economy by eliminating regulations, lower taxes on individuals and businesses by implementing a 10% flat tax on both. Repeal the un-Constitutional and un-Affordable Care Act. Thereby repealing the largest tax increase in American History. End both unnecessary and unconstitutional bureaucracies and functions of government, end the vast majority of foreign aide, cut the size and scope of the federal government, pass a real balanced budget.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Enact a 10% Flat tax and very simple tax code. Eliminate the regressive tax code and nearly all of the income tax regulations and most of the IRS, significantly reduce the size and scope and its authority.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Unleash the economy by eliminating regulations, lower taxes on individuals and businesses by implementing a 10% flat tax on both. Repeal the un-Constitutional and un-Affordable Care Act. Thereby repealing the largest tax increase in American History. End both unnecessary and unconstitutional bureaucracies and functions of government, end the vast majority of foreign aide, cut the size and scope of the federal government, pass a real balanced budget.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

First, current recipients, and those who are close who have no other options, who paid into the system need to be guaranteed for the remainder of their lives to receive benefits they paid for and a mechanism to ensure that needs to be part of any solution. The system needs to be restored to its original and stated purpose for those who wish to remain in it. Anyone who did not pay into the system needs to be removed from it. Next this outdated, antiquated and controversial system and PONZI Scheme, needs to be replace with a modern system that encourages saving and investment growth and market based investments as opposed to the current model. Finally no one should be forced to participate, if the system is good it will be sustainable to those who wish to participate. And not those individuals who do not wish to participate. This would immediately free up a very large percentage of future liabilities which are bankrupting the current system.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Education: Purdue University BSIM Industrial Management, Computer Science (84), CPIM Certified in Production & Inventory Management by APICS (95), Limestone Comm. High School (81) Bartonville IL. I am a self-employed business owner with a national and international practice as a computer software specialist and entrepreneur. I have gained extensive knowledge through my career, working with everyone from factory line professionals, business implementation teams in the office, production and quality assurance people in the warehouses, factories and labs, and executives in the boardroom. I have worked 32 years in the private sector figuring out how to help big and small businesses improve their software to optimize their operating model and remain competitive as the marketplace changes. My career has provided many opportunities of traveling all over the state, the country and world, including working under permits in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and working in Europe.

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

e-mail: Info@Marter4Congress.US Phone: (815) 585-8006

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Favorite quotes: The general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any. –James Madison, Federalist 14 I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. –Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison,1787 The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded. –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 33 Favorite Books • The Road to Serfdom, F.A. Hayek • Liberty and Tyranny, Men in Black, Mark R. Levin • Lincoln at Gettysburg, Garry Wills • Lincoln at Peoria, Lewis E. Lehrman • Once An Eagle, Anton Myrer • The Death of Outrage, William J. Bennet • The Enemy Within, Robert F. Kennedy • Sabotage, America's Enemies within the CIA, Rowan Scarborough


  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, BSIM, 1984
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society, n/a, CPIM - professional certification, 1995
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Asst. ScoutMaster & Committee member
  • Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degreee
  • OLGC Church & School Athletics, Basketball Coach
  • Midland Dolhpins Community Swim Team, Coach, Board Member, Vice president
  • St. Anne Catholic Church, Parishioner
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Education Commision Member
  • Precinct Committeeman Republican, Held 3
  • Chairman Kendall County Republican Party, Held 2
  • Midland Michigan School Board, Sought 1992
  • Oswego Village Trustee (write-in), Sought 2015

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