Candidate Profile
Claudia Tenney

Republican , New York

Biography

Name
Claudia Tenney
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 22
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Somewhat 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

FRC Action, 2018:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2017-18:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  92%, 92% (cum.)
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  87%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  75%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  68%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  67%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  B-
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  60%, 63% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2017-18:  47%, 47% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2018:  48%, 46% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2018:  39%, 45% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  42% (cum.)

71%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  57%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  38%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  32%, 32% (cum.)
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  28%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  16%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  20%, 15% (cum.)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  9%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  7%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  6%, 6% (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%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2017:  0%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  0%

16%

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

11
Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Conservative Party of New York State, Donald Trump, Huck PAC, Kevin McCarthy, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF and 5 more

Others

5
*Business - Industry PAC Action Fund (BIPAC Action Fund), *E-PAC, Elise Stefanik, New York Young Republicans Club, VIEW PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
7
Conservative Party of New York State (2018), Donald Trump (2015), Excelsior PAC (2017), Full House PAC (2017), House Conservatives Fund (2017), Susan B. Anthony List (2020), WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
183
Abraham Lincoln PAC (2020), Alamo PAC (2018), America Unlimited (2018), American Legacy PAC (2017), American Principles (2020), American Revival PAC (2018) and 177 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
7
Airline Pilots Association (2017), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2017), Laborers International Union of North America (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2018), Log Cabin Republicans (2018), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2018), Paul Singer (2018), United Mine Workers of America (2018)

Summary

4%

LIBERAL

96%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

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?

If the life of the mother is at risk.


Economy

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

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?

We need to put a lockbox on Social Security and prevent politicians from raiding the fund. People who pay into the Social Security system should be prioritized to get a return on their investment.

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

Trimming executive branch agencies by 10% and a review and reduction of certain mandatory spending provisions.

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

None, other than extreme hardship or death of the payer.


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?

This principle is not explicitly in the Constitution but is an interpretation of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment that prohibits the establishment of a state controlled religion.


Healthcare

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

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?

Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a consumer driven model where sound economic principles would ensure needy people will receive healthcare through a public system. Those people with pre-existing conditions will finally be guaranteed coverage.


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?

I believe in expanding freedom, human rights and protecting individual liberties while working with our allies to confront violent groups militarily.


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.

Agree   

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

Agree   

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

Anyone seeking to legally immigrate and live in accordance to the constitution and our laws.


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.

Agree   

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

Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was raised Presbyterian and strongly believe in the Judeo-Christian concepts of charity, mercy, kindness and the empowerment of all people.


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.

In 2011, I won the Conservative of the year award from the NYS Conservative party and have consistently been supported by Conservative leaning groups. As a businesswoman, I am a common sense conservative who is fiscally conservative, pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/claudia-tenney/

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?

I have served as a compassionate advocate for my community for years and have taken on the wealthy and powerful in both parties to protect my constituents. I have worked as a journalist, publisher, small business owner, attorney and representative. I have a deep personal respect and understanding of those answering the call to service taken by military, fire, police and other first responders. I am also a dog lover!


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

The Second Amendment protects citizens' right to bear arms against a tyrannical government. Law abiding gun owners should not be punished for excising their rights. Safe and careful use of firearms should be encouraged while addressing the mental health problems in our country. People who are unable to handle firearms should be monitored with constitutional protections.


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.

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?

1) Continuing on the good work of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which gave the vast majority of taxpayers a tax cut and provided unprecedented incentives to American companies to bring back a trillion dollars in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs back from overseas. 2) Repealing and replacing Obamacare. 3) The security of America which includes holding China accountable for the death of Americans and destruction of the American economy from the coronavirus.

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

Racism is scourge on society and should not be tolerated in our government.


Background

Education
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, BA, 1983
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, JD, 1987
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital, Board Member
  • St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing, Board Member
  • Sitrin Nursing Home, Board Member
  • Luthern Homes Foundation, Board Member
  • Auxiliary, American Legion Post 1376, Member
  • Mohawk Valley Community College, Board Member
  • Oneida County Bar Association, Secretary
  • Center for Freedom and Western Civilization, Advisory Board Member, Colgate University
Offices
  • NYS Assembly, Held 6
  • House of Representatives, Held 2
  • US House, NY 22, Sought 2014
 

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