Candidate Profile
Gary Popkin

Libertarian , New York


Gary Popkin
U.S. Rep., Dist. 9

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Right to Life

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

No Answer

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.

No Answer

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Medical decisions should be made by parents and family doctors. The government should not be involved.


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?

Phase out Social Security in some way that is fair to those who have paid in.

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

End the unwinnable Mideast wars. Bring all the troops home.

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

Never. We can't ask a filling station attendant in Omaha to subsidize the education of a lawyer on Wall Street.

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.


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

The government should have no involvement in matters of religion.


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?

A free market in health care would promote innovation, lower costs, and improve quality.

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?

Use the US military to protect the United States. Let other countries protect their own regions.


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.

No Answer

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

No Answer

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.

No Answer

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Return to the immigration laws of the 1950s when there was no problem of illegal immigration.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


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

No Answer

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

No Answer

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)


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?

No Answer

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

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


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

I am a libertarian. I believe the government should not try to solve people's personal problems. The government should get out of the way and let individuals come to mutually agreeable arrangements.

Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Disagree

2nd Amendment

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


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 Agree

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?

End qualified immunity of police. End the unwinnable Mideast Wars. Eliminate business regulations that are not cost effective.

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

The US is the least racist country in the world.


  • Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, Ph.D., 1990
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Brooklyn Libertarian Party, Past Chair
  • Member, Community School Board 15
  • US Congress, Sought 1992

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