Candidate Profile
John Young

Republican , Indiana


John Young
State Rep., Dist. 47

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Indiana Family Institute, 2018:  100%



Liberal Organizations

Citizens Action Coalition, 2018:  60%, 60% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2018:  30%, 28% (cum.)





Indiana Right to Life

Reported by Candidate

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Selected Contributions


Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations, Tera Klutz







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.

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.


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

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


Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.


People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

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

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


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

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Disagree

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?

Rape; incest; to save mother's life

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

The long history of oppressive monarchal/authoritarian systems of government or ones that disregarded individual rights, and the concept that rights are given by a Creator, not granted by man.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I'm a Christian, believe in God, and value the teachings of the Bible.

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.

Refer to my voting record available at

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Education. It is currently a labor market with incredibly low unemployment (in my district), but education, along with personal responsibility, are necessary tools for people to enter and be successful in the workforce.

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

Open up markets across state lines to create competition. Businesses can also enter pools cutting out the insurance companies to drive down costs for employees. Individuals must also have "skin in the game" making them more conscientious and aware of how to manage their health care.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Create an environment conducive for economic growth. Some incentives to entice business to locate in a particular area may be alright, so long as it is done responsibly and in situations where only "but for" an incentive being extended that any particular business would come. Overall, however, government needs to stay away from picking winners and losers in the free market.

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

I am a practicing attorney that is involved in representing school boards, planning and zoning and BZA boards, conservancy districts, sewage districts, park board, horsemen's association, drainage board along with handling criminal, family, probate and civil law in general. I do public defender work on Department of Child Service/Child in Need of Services cases. My diverse practice and the diverse background of my clients gives me a skill set and experience in dealing with complicated issues and giving voice to individuals that don't necessarily have the ability to on their own (i.e. children, incarcerated individuals, mentally disabled, etc.). As well, there are very few attorneys in the General Assembly, and that type of expertise is needed. It also is very helpful in being an effective legislator.

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

Official e-mail and phone:, 317-232-9674

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

I am very proud to say I was honored as the 2017 Mothers Against Drunk Driving legislator of the year award winner for a piece of legislation I passed with Sen. Eric Koch dealing with drunk driving offenses. Also, I am frequently asked by my colleagues to personally review bills, go over court cases, or to simply give input on bills because of my background. I serve on the House Judiciary committee, Courts and Criminal Code committee, Government and Regulatory Reform committee, and Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation. I will be seeking to be chairman of the Courts and Criminal Code committee next year due to the current chairman retiring after this session. I am humbled to be able to have served District 47, and hope for your support to continue serving the citizens of Johnson and Morgan Counties.


  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, Juris Doctor, 2009
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, BA, 2004
  • Indian Creek High School, Trafalgar, 1998
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Johnson County Purdue Extension Board, Vice-President
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • First Presbyterian Church, Franklin
  • Indiana House District 47, Held 2016-Present
  • Johnson County Council, Sought 2015
  • Indiana House District 47, Sought 2012

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