Candidate Profile
Clay Higgins

Republican , Louisiana

Biography

Name
Clay Higgins
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 3
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  A
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  98%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  A-
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  89%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  89%, 87% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  85%
Club for Growth, 2019:  96%, 83% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  63%, 80% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  93%, 78% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  92%, 78% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  66% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  62% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  61% (cum.)

89%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  36%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  33%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  28%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  D
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  23%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  11%, 7% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  6%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  5%, 5% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 0% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  0%, 0% (cum.)
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

7%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

4
*Family Research Council Action PAC, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life, The Guardian Fund

Others

1
Louisiana Republican Party (GOP)

Reported by Candidate

3
LAGOP, NRA, National Right to Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
Daniel (Dan) Bishop (2019), Garret Graves (2016), Lenar Whitney (2016), Mullin Markwayne (2020), Redemption PAC (2020), WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
32
Alamo PAC (2018), American Principles (2019), Billy Nungesser (2017), Bringing Yellowhammer Republicans New Energy PAC (2017), Citizens Against Government Waste (2018), CMR PAC (2018) and 26 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
Airline Pilots Association (2018), American Maritime Officers (2019), International Union of Operating Engineers (2016), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2020)

Summary

10%

LIBERAL

90%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire*

*The questionnaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
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?

Life is a fundamental and unalienable right. As a Christian and father of four, I know that there is no gift more precious than a child’s life. That is why I am an outspoken advocate for protecting the rights of the unborn in Louisiana and across the nation.


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?

(Did not answer)

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

I believe we must take action to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse from the federal government. Additionally, a balanced budget amendment would mandate the kind of fiscal responsibility that is required to solve Washington’s reckless spending problem.

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

In my family if a child wants to go to college they can get a job and pay for it or join the military and let them pay for it. Some of the finest colleges in America are those who accept zero federal dollars and are thus free to instruct their students according to historically traditional American precepts of higher education. As a Congressman, I support endeavors to reduce the role of the Federal Government in American colleges.


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?

(Did not answer)


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?

The American people must have their choice of health care. We must allow them the freedom and flexibility to choose healthcare that fits their unique needs. I believe it is imperative that we ensure access to coverage, regardless of age, income, pre-existing conditions, or circumstances, and encourage marketplace competition.


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?

(Did not answer)


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?

America will always be a land of compassion, but not while sacrificing our safety. We have a system for legal immigration. Though that system is broken and must be fixed, those seeking to immigrate to this country must do so legally through that system. I do not support amnesty and have consistently voted against granting amnesty to those here illegally.


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 am a lowly decorated Christian. Though I am fallen, I am a believer, and make every vote on behalf of Louisiana's Third District from bended knee.


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.

I am a staunch Constitutional Conservative. One of the most conservative in Congress. Please see my voting record for my time in the U.S. House of Representatives. It can be found at Congress.gov.

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?

(Did not answer)


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?

Gun control legislation being pushed by my Democratic colleagues is a direct assault on the Second Amendment. These bills do nothing to prevent criminal acts of violence. I fully and whole-heartedly support the Second Amendment.


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?

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Work & Military
  • Army Nation Guard
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • U.S. Representative, Held 2017-2020
 

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