Jeremy Taylor is running for the Republican nomination in U.S. House District 4. You can learn more about his candidacy here.
1. What is the purpose of government:
To uphold the Constitution upon which it was founded and establish justice, ensure domestic peace, provide for our common defense, promote the general protection, and secure the blessings of liberty that God gave to us and our children.
2. What issues do you consider non-negotiable:
Life. Anything that compromises conscience or my Christian faith.
3. What one thing would you most like to accomplish should you earn a seat in Congress:
Advance the cause of life using my 10-part Defend Life Plan on the Judiciary Committee which can be found here. I am the only candidate who has surety to sit on committees such as Judiciary that has laid out exactly what I would do to advance the cause of life with legislative priorities.
4. What, if anything, would you do to strengthen religious liberty at the federal level:
Defend the free speech and freedom of conscience rights of pastors, churches, faith leaders, religious organizations and believers and protect the tax-exempt status of churches as an absolute First Amendment right.
Fight for the free speech rights of pro-life activists and organizations. Stand up against media censorship of pro-life organizations and corporate boycotts of states that pass pro-life legislation.
5. There are efforts to increase the federal gas tax 25 cents a gallon, is this something you’d support?
6. How do you suggest balancing the budget and working toward elimination of the national debt:
Washington is broke and broken. Our national debt has surpassed $26 trillion and our yearly budget deficit has reached nearly $1 trillion. Members of BOTH parties spend frivolously with no regard to the consequences we are leaving for the next generation. That is why this election I have warned that electing an establishment candidate will result in more of the same as when Republicans had control and did not reduce spending. That out-of-control spending places a $75,000 burden on every man, woman, and child in America. It has to stop.
As your Congressman, I will fight the spending spree by both parties and push to enact a budget that balances. In doing so, one of my first pieces of legislation will be a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. I also support a 1% reduction across the board, the so-called Penny Plan (Connie Mack, Rand Paul). I believe we need to review all federal departments (Education), reduce foreign aid, and eliminate “Use it or Lose It” spending in the Department of Defense. Our future generations depend on it.
7. Are there any scenarios where you would support a pathway to citizenship and/or amnesty for any illegal immigrants in America:
I am opposed to amnesty as someone who has great-grandparents and a wife who navigated the legal immigration process. I support securing the border wall and banning sanctuary counties/cities. Furthermore, I will not engage on this issue with just rhetoric but take the funding both in terms of PACs and individuals who have the nearly opposite goal. We see too many politicians who say one thing and do another. I won’t compromise the trust and the pledges I make for personal power or political profit.
8. Do you believe sanctuary cities are a danger to the citizens who live in them and what, if anything, would you do in Congress to either encourage or discourage sanctuary city policies.
Make it illegal for elected officials to subvert the rule of law. Defund sanctuary cities.
9. What federal action would you support in terms of climate change, if any:
None. Oppose the Green New Deal.
10. Would you support any red flag gun legislation:
No. I have an A ranking from the NRA so there’s no daylight there between three of us as candidates who have no qualifiers because we have proven it. However, I fully expect that I could sit on the Judiciary Committee, which is in doubt with the incumbent.
But this is a clear difference in this race. I will not engage on this issue with just promises/rhetoric but take the funding both in terms of PACs and individuals who have the nearly opposite goal. We see too many politicians who say one thing and do another. I won’t compromise the trust and the pledges I make for personal power or political profit, which is how sports gambling was expanded in our state by the establishment candidate in this race who betrayed the promises made to folks at home. The issues of life and liberty are too important in this race to trust to compromise.
11. Give a general rundown of your on American foreign policy:
I support peace through strength and generally President Trump’s putting our nation first. We should have a goal to increase strategic alliances but never at the cost of the safety, security, or economic well-being of the American people. I bring my years as an enlisted intelligence analyst, and now Major and Chaplain to the race, the only actively serving military member in the IA-04 primary.
12. Do you support term limits for Congress:
Yes, I signed the term limits pledge.
13. What are your thoughts on the Electoral College:
It is critical especially for states like Iowa to have an important role and voice. I support the Electoral College as one of the key ways our founders believe we have equal representation.
14. What issue can you envision working with Democrat members of Congress on right away:
Agriculture. This is the least partisan committee. I plan to ensure the RFS, fair beef pricing advocacy, hog indemnity payments. l will never compromise my principles, especially for personal profit or gain.
15. What excites you most about possibly representing Iowa in Congress:
I have a passion for restoring the American Dream with equality of opportunity rather than outcomes and ensuring we leave to future generations a strong republic. This is why I am pro-life. I am a passionate debater and know we need to fight for that which we love. I prize our liberties such as our sovereignty, a culture of life, and the unleashing our economic freedom through lower taxes/regulation the ability to pursue our happiness. I will not compromise but place the issues facing our Fourth District families at the heart of each and every issue.
Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District: