Candidate Profile
Gavin Clarkson

Republican , New Mexico


Gavin Clarkson
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

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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.

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.


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.


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:

No Answer

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only when the mother’s life is in danger

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

I applaud the Trump Administration’s success in dealing with ISIS

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

Our Founding Fathers were brilliant people. Understanding the importance of liberty, they were able to establish a foundation suitable for generations to come. We are reaping the benefits they’ve sown.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Conservative Christian

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.

I support the second amendment, religious liberty, strong immigration laws, and believe the national debt is a serious threat to our national security. I have been pro-life my whole life. I am not a career politician, but you can go back to my college newspaper and see me on the front page hosting a candelight vigil for the unborn

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

Get government out of the healthcare business

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should do everything in its power to promote free trade. Job killing Obama-era regulations should be dismantled.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

I applaud the Trump Administration for passing the GOP Tax Bill

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Promote the free market. Bring jobs to American soil. Increase exports. Eliminate dual taxation on domestic job creators and energy producers, particularly here in New Mexico.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Put it in a lockbox

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

I am an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, earned an MBA from Rice University and a Doctorate from the Harvard Business School. I chaired the board of a pro-life crisis pregnancy center, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School I was named the nation’s “leading scholar in tribal finance” by The Financial Times. I have been cited by Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today on matters of tribal finance and economic development, subjects that I have taught as a professor at the University of Michigan, the University of Houston, and now at New Mexico State University where I am currently on a leave of absence. Most recently, I served in the Department of the Interior under President Trump as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Economic Development – Indian Affairs. In that position, I managed the Office of In

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 575-91GAVIN 575-914-2846

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

I am disgusted by what’s transpired inside the bowels of the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C., I knew the only way to stop the swamp and protect New Mexico was to run for Congress where I can use my vast real-life experiences outside of politics to enact conservative changes legislatively. I am a member of the Federalist Society, the Southwest Coalition for Life, and a lifetime member of both the National Rifle Association and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. I have one son, am a member of the Baptist church, and am also a former national Country Western Dance champion.


  • Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, Doctorate, 2004
  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, Juris Doctor, 2002
  • Rice University, Houston, TX, MBA, 1993
Work & Military
  • Department of the Interior, Dep Ass't Sec'y for Policy & Economic Development, 1
  • Various Universities, Associate Professor or Lecturer, 22
  • Native American Capital, Director and Member, 11
  • United States Naval Reserve, Midshipman, 2.5
  • Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center, Chairman of the Board
  • American Indian Sci & Eng Society Foundation, Chairman of the Board
  • First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, Member of the Choir
  • Native American Law Student Association, President
  • Federalist Society, Member
  • Rice University Pro-Life, Vice-President
  • National Rifle Association, Lifetime Member
  • Southwest Coalition for Life, Member / volunteer
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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