Candidate Profile
Doug McLinko

Republican , Pennsylvania


Doug McLinko
U.S. Rep., Dist. 12

Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Selected Contributions


John C. Rafferty, Jr., Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations, Tom Corbett
John C. Rafferty, Jr., Pennsylvania Future Fund







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.

Strongly Agree

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?

Domestically, we need to secure our borders & have a strong vetting system to stop the importation of radical Islamic threats to the United States. Internationally, we must aid our allies, including Israel, in combating the spread of radical Islamic threats across their borders.

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

The depravity of man. Our founders believed that absolute power corrupts absolutely and limited any branch or individual from having absolute power.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord & Savior; and, I believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God.

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.

As Chairman of the Wysox Township Board of Supervisors, I led our board to cut taxes by 17% - making Wysox one of the lowest taxed townships in PA. As a 4-term County Commissioner (2 terms as Chairman), we have maintained a AAA bond rating, have one of the top retirement plans in the State, shrunk the size of government by nearly 20%, cut taxes, eliminated debt, and promoted efforts that resulted in Bradford County being one of the top producers of natural gas in PA. I regularly attend & speak at Pro-Life Rallies. I am also an NRA member who attends & speaks at 2nd Amendment Rallies.

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

Get the government out of healthcare; leave it to the free markets. Support tort reform.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should: * provide an atmosphere for job growth & prosperity through education & job training opportunities that fit the job market. * cut job killing regulations * keep taxes as low as possible * engage in public/private partnerships when needed to improve infrastructure * stop incentivizing people to not work by limiting or eliminating long-term social welfare support for able-bodied individuals

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Simplify it

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Cut regulations, unleash domestic energy, require able-bodied welfare recipients to work in order to get benefits

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Stop robbing the Social Security Trust Fund

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

I've been in business most of my adult life. I know what it means to make payroll & live within a budget. I know the burdens of government regulation & high taxation. I've also served 2 terms as chairman of the Wysox Township Board of Supervisors & 4 terms as Bradford County Commissioner (2 terms as Chairman)

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 570-637-5770

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

Unlike Congressman Marino, I would have voted against the reckless Omnibus Bill that was passed in March.


  • Towanda Area High School, Towanda, Diploma, 1976
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Wysox Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Bradford/Sullivan Co Salvation Army Service Unit, Chairman
  • Wysox Planning Commission, Member
  • Wysox Municipal Authority, Member
  • Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, Member
  • Masonic Lodge, Rome PA, Member
  • Bradford County Republican Committee, Committeeman
  • Bradford County Commissioner, Held 2004-Present
  • Wysox Township Supervisor
  • PA State Senator, Sought 2008

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