Candidate Profile
Debra Irvine

Republican , Colorado

Biography

Name
Debra Irvine
Party
Republican
Race
State Senate, Dist. 8
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
BrianPAC (2017), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2017), PollyPAC (2017), Republican Women's Organizations (2017)

Summary

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LIBERAL

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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?

I believe that life begins at conception and should be treated with dignity and protection.


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   

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

We need to return to what funding is required by the government by the US Constitution and Colorado Constitution. By doing that, we can eliminate unnecessary and frivolous spending and programs.


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   

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   

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?

I believe the separation between political and religious institutions exists to protect religious freedom. It doesn’t mean religion is to be kept out of public life. By keeping it separate, it can be protected.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

I do not support universal healthcare. Rather, I would support creating an environment whereby providers and insurers can have more opportunity for growth and innovation. Patients should have greater choices. The offer of telemedicine is an innovative way to bring healthcare to rural communities.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


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   

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   

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

I believe in supporting legal immigration unless an individual has been identified as a threat to our nation.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly 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 believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in patriotism, service, generosity, compassion, personal responsibility, a free market, freedom, reward for hard work, giving of one’s talents for the greater good.


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?

Conservative   

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

My 2019 public testimony or before the Colorado Legislature: Against HB 19-1177 Red Flag Bill Against HB 19-1032 Comprehensive Sex Ed Against Public Option Healthcare Insurance Against HB 19-1037 Transition Assistance (I support the coal industry) Support of Colorado Oil and Gas Industry before CO Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Support of Colorado Oil and Gas Industry before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Signed the petition for Initiative 120 to end late abortions in Colorado

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

My higher education focus was History, Government and Political Science. Ran for State Representative, as the Republican candidate, in blue districts, to be a voice for our principles and values. Work experience (including Top Secret clearance) in our defense industry. Represented our nation as a diplomat/military wife. Appointment to Judicial Performance Review Commission.

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

Never.

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

My family is dedicated to service. My husband and father rest in Arlington National Cemetery, my mother was honored nationally for her work with Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Medical Center and my son is an Air Force Academy graduate and Air Force veteran. Having been a suicide hotline counselor volunteer, I have a special interest in that area of our communities’ well-being. I ran for the state legislature before to be a voice for our principles and values. It will be honor to serve.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

A law-abiding citizen of the United States has the right to bear arms.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

Fossil Fuel Industry - Protection and Support Gun Rights Protection Economic Growth through lower taxes and fewer regulations

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

I do not see racism as a threat to our domestic security. I do see that unemployment, economic hardship, dependency on foreign oil, decreased manufacturing, increased regulations and taxation can affect our domestic security.

iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate modified her response to this question. Here is her complete response: Racism is reprehensible. I do not see racism as a threat to our overall U.S. domestic security. I do see unemployment, economic hardship, dependency on foreign oil, decreased domestic manufacturing, increased national and state debt, burdensome regulations and taxation, etc., as a threat to our U.S. domestic security.


Background

Education
  • University of Denver, Denver, Masters Degree studies in Political Science
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Masters Degree studies in Political Science
  • University of Maryland, Munich and College Park, Bachelor of Arts, double major Government/History, 1981
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • St Mary’s Catholic Church, Breckenridge, Lector
  • Elks Lodge 2561, Member
  • Summit Rotary, Membership Chairman
  • Summit County CO Republicans, Chairman
  • CO Congressional District 2 GOP, Chairman
  • CO Judicial District 5 GOP, Chairman
  • Judicial Performance Review Commission JD5, Appointed by Colorado Senate President
Offices
  • State Representative HD61, Sought 2012, 2014
  • State Representative HD56, Sought 2010
 

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