Candidate Profile
Desi Maes

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Desi Maes
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist.24
Incumbent
No
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Questionnaire

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

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only when there is a serious threat to the life of the mother. Other than that, under no circumstances should abortion be allowed.


Economy

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

I would bar the government from taking from Social Security to pay for other government interests. I would also make sure that no illegal immigrants, or anyone who has not contributed to social security, have the ability to opt in or take from social security.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

I would reduce environmental spending that places undue burdens on companies and costs taxpayers. I would reduce welfare spending and place tighter restrictions on who can receive those benefits. I would also reduce funding to the Department of Education and send that money to the states to use at their will for education.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Under no circumstances should taxpayers be required to help pay off existing student loans. Subsidizing student loans creates an undue burden on taxpayers and drives up the cost of college tuition.


Religious Liberty

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   

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

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Separation of church and state means that the government cannot interfere with my right to worship how I please. What it does not mean is taking God completely out of government or bar references to God in public displays or communication. Our country was founded Judeo-Christian values.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

First, I would ensure that healthcare policies are able to be sold across state lines to provide competition in the market place, which will drive down cost and improve the overall policies. I would also require transparency in drug pricing and healthcare costs. I would make sure that Medicare/Medicaid have negotiating powers when it comes to drug pricing.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

The United States needs to continue to use our intelligence agencies to identify and eradicate radical Islamic threats both domestic and foreign. The United States should be a leader on the world stage and influence other nations to join the fight against terrorism.


Immigration

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   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Everyone should be allowed the opportunity to immigrate to U.S., but it must be lawful and we must have a merit-based immigration system that ensures that those who immigrate will not be a burden on the welfare state immediately. We should also strongly vet all asylum claims and only grant asylum to those who are in actual danger or persecution.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am strong Christian who believes we have a God that protects, guides, and influences us daily in all that we do. I work hard to honor God in every action I take and conduct myself in an honest and moral way. I grew up in a Catholic school from 1st to 6th grade, which solidified my moral and ethical foundation.


Qualifications

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.

On my website, www.desiforcongress.com, you will find a variety of issues and my stances on those issues.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

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

My conservative values are rooted in my upbringing and life experiences. I grew up from nothing and worked hard to lead a successful life, join the military, and serve my country. I am a living example of the American Dream and proof that in the United States anyone can be successful, regardless of their background, with hard work and dedication.


Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

The 2nd Amendment is very clear, we have the right to bear arms in the U.S. However, criminals who have been convicted of violent felonies should not be allowed to own a firearm.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Border Security - Closing the loopholes in policy. Fiscal Responsibility - Require a balanced budget every year and reduce national debt. Term Limits - Introduce a bill capping the number of years someone could be in the House of Representatives.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

There are domestic terrorist organizations in the United States that act on their racist beliefs and threaten the core values of our nation. Like all security threats, these groups should be taken seriously.


Background

Education
  • Webster Business School, St. Louis, MBA, 2001
  • University of Central Texas, Killeen, BS, 1997
  • Mount Wachusett College, Ayer, AA, 1992
Work & Military
  • US Army, Major, 20.5
  • Project Management Institute, PMP, 13
  • Six Sigma, Green Belt, 15
Affiliations
  • Riverside HOA, President
  • Riverside HOA, Vice President
  • Lexington HOA, Board Member
  • Divergent Academy, Board Member
  • Army Family Support Group, President
Offices
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