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Steve Russell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OK) - District 5, Republican
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Steve Russell has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Steve Russell is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The government's job is to protect life, liberty and property. Sadly, the Roe vs Wade decision has authorized the elimination of 40 million innocent Americans whose voices have been silenced. I will fight abortion with all my being." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The federal government doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. I will not support a tax increase. We need more taxpayers, not more taxes." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Quite simply, we must deal with our debt or our debt will deal with us.Now is our time to act. We must reduce spending now, and we must reduce the size and scope of the federal government." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Parents and local school boards are quite capable of developing high standards that are unique to our state, standards which uphold our values and principles and preserve our ideals. We do not need an unwarranted national one-size fits all solution for our schools. I will fight to repeal Common Core standards, and I will work with families across our state to determine our own education standards." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Oil and Gas industry in Oklahoma has put bread on our tables for generations in my family. My great grandfather was a wildcatter that owned his own small company called Geneva Petroleum. He employed my grandfather during the hard times of the depression and World War II. My mother retired from Kerr McGee Oil. My sister worked for both Kerr McGee and Chesapeake Energy and her husband retired from Kerr McGee. Her son still works for Chesapeake.While I spent much of my adult life as a soldier, I know firsthand how vital the Oil and Gas sector is to Oklahomans. I also have advocated nationally with major editorials and opinion pieces on the need to expand our energy sector. This is a fight that is not only important to Oklahomans but it is vital to our national security and economy. I will continue to be a clear voice to prevent the energy sector from suffering the consequences of poor leadership in Washington." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The right to keep and bear arms is a God-given, inalienable right enshrined in our Constitution. God did not make us with teeth or claws, scales or quills, or with poisons or repelling odors for our defense. He gave us our intelligence, and by extension, our hands to make implements to aid in our survival. All human beings have the God-given right of self defense. Americans are a unique and free people in the world that understand that.My defense of the 2nd Amendment is not academic. As lawmaker of the year twice for the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association, no lawmaker in the state senate expanded our gun rights more. I also own a small rifle manufacturing business called Two Rivers Arms. I actually know the muzzle end of a rifle. I know the laws, the regulations, the headaches and the issues from start to finish when dealing with those trying to take away our 2nd Amendment rights.In Congress, I will fight to eliminate senseless regulations which only serve to curb our right to bear arms and I will fight to ensure our Federal government never oversteps its constitutional authority on the right of individuals to keep and bear arms." v
  • Endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2014 -- (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare must be repealed.We must repeal it and replace it with a national policy that allows every individual the right to choose the plan that best meets their needs. Market competition will produce a larger variety of plans offered at more affordable rates." (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endorsed by National Defense PAC: "We sponsor candidates who will provide for a strong national defense and strong effective homeland security, work tirelessly to ensure illegal aliens are prevented from crossing our national borders and are deported when they do, and who will endorse the teaching of accurate US history and the Founding Fathers' core values in educational institutions." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I also understand the complexities of bringing divergent groups together. From negotiating with warring factions in smoke filled rooms in foreign lands to being a delegate to a United Nations Afghan Security Conference representing on the US delegation, I can bring leadership and experience to our national issues. As a member of Congress, I will fight to keep our national interests first and foremost." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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