Candidate Profile
Jack Heidel

Republican , Nebraska


Jack Heidel
U.S. Senator

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Lee Benham, Insurance Broker, Buzz Garlock, Financial Services

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Lee Terry, Tom Carlson
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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.


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.


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.


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 Disagree

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


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


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


More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


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 Agree

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


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


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


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."


I support sanctuary cities.


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

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.


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


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, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Before 20 weeks at the option of the mother. After 20 weeks only for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

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

Collect telephone meta-data on all U.S. residents and all travelers to the U.S. But use of this data should be carefully and judicially monitored. The government should monitor all churches and other gathering places frequented by Muslims. Any suspicious behavior should be investigated by proper authorities.

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

The fundamental human weakness of trying to gain and hold power over others. It is very important to create limits and checks on power for governmental leaders to make sure that they cannot abuse the powers which come with the office they hold.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Protestant Christian by upbringing and adult choice. I attempt to abide by Christian moral principles such as the Golden Rule and being a Good Samaritan (good neighbor). I have a scientific frame of mind and do not believe in physical miracles. For me God is a 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?

Somewhat Conservative

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

On my campaign website, Jack Heidel for Senate, I state that I am a fiscal conservative and a social moderate and this should be quite clear from my stated views on a number of issues. This averages out to somewhat conservative.

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

There is a detailed answer to this question on my campaign website, Jack Heidel for Senate, referred to as American Healthcare Reform. Briefly, the employer mandate should be modified so that individual employees can migrate to personal insurance at their own discretion, using age-based tax credits rather than the income-based tax credits established under the ACA. This will save, the employee, the employer, and the government large sums of money when widely implemented. Medicaid and Medicare can be migrated to similar systems.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

By keeping marginal tax rates as low as possible consistent with raising adequate revenue to pay our bills. Also by abolishing unneeded regulations which interfere with business without providing significant general value.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The new tax law has many good individual features (such as lowering the corporate tax rate and immediate expensing for business investment) but should have been made revenue neutral by establishing offsets in other tax provisions. Increasing our already enormous national debt by $1 trillion over ten years (as was done) is highly irresponsible.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

By encouraging new business investment.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

By a combination of raising the income cap on which the SS payroll tax is based and by SLOWLY raising the age for full SS benefits to 70.

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

1. I have been blogging about our huge debt and how to reduce it for several years at It Does Not Add Up ( I know what needs to be done. 2. As a social moderate I am willing to take stands which disagree with Republican orthodoxy. This demonstrates that I am an independent thinker and am not afraid of standing up to the political establishment. 3. As a retired UNO Math Professor, I am not looking to start a new career. My complete focus is on reducing debt and deficits and I would start doing this on day one if elected. It is unlikely that I would run for a second term in six years.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:, 402-558-6598

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

It is an uphill battle to take on an incumbent in a Primary. I am doing this because the incumbent, Deb Fischer, is ignoring our enormous and out-of-control national debt. In fact she has just recently voted twice to make it worse than it already is. She voted for the new tax law which increases debt by $1 trillion over ten years. She also voted for the new two year budget which will increase debt by another $1 trillion over the next ten years. Such voting is highly irresponsible. We need more people in Congress who will make it a very high priority to fix our debt problem.


  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, BA, 1963
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, MA, 1965
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, PhD, 967
Work & Military
  • US Naval Reserve, seaman, 1959-1961
  • University of Tennessee, Asso Prof of Mathematics, 1967-1976
  • Apartment Manager, Des Moines IA, Manager, 1977-1984
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, Professor of Mathematics, 1984-2017
  • Gambling with the Good Life, Advisory Committee Member
  • Suburban Rotary Club, Member
  • First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Member
  • Omaha Together One Community, Member, Contributor
  • Wakonda Elementary School, Volunteer Tutor
  • Learning Community Coordinating Council, Held 2011-2018
  • U.S. Congress, Sought 2012

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