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Christopher 'Chris' Patrick Gibson

Chris Gibson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Christopher 'Chris' Patrick Gibson
Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 19, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Conservative, Republican, Independence for U.S. House - District 19
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary Jo; 3 Children: Katie, Maggie, Connor
Birth Date: 05/13/1964
Birth Place: Rockville Centre, NY
Home City: Kinderhook, NY
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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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Katie Nowak. The Record - Gibson, Murphy Vying for 20th District Seat. 19 October 2010. "Gibson wants mandatory right-to-life counseling for women considering abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Nathan Brown. Times Herald-Record: Gibson, Hayworth hold simmilar views on abortion. 3 September 2012. "Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco, both think abortion should be legal " with caveats such as no late-term abortions and no public funding; Gibson also said he thinks it should be legal only in the first trimester." (www.recordonline.com)
  • Casey Leigh Quinlan. Legislative Gazette: Gibson: I am the true conservative. 21 June 2010. "Gibson's spokesman, Daniel Odescalchi, said the candidate is opposed to all forms of partial birth abortions and late-term abortions. "He will fight to prevent the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and hopes to work closely with the right-to-life community to continue efforts to limit the number of abortions being performed. He will also work to make adoption an easier, less complicated and more affordable process for both biological parents and those looking to adopt," said Odescalchi in a statement." (www.legislativegazette.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Chris Gibson voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Chris Gibson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Vets for Freedom PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Vets for Freedom PAC endorsed Chris Gibson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. Gibson Reaction to President's Afghanistan Plan. 23 June 2011. "I'm supportive of the President's plan for Afghanistan, as he laid out in a speech to the nation last night. It is my belief that the surge the President ordered in 2009 accomplished its primary purpose -- to seize the initiative from the Taliban to provide the time and space to develop Afghan institutional capacity, including an Afghan Army and Police Force, which are now able to take on a greater share of responsibility in defending their country and citizens from Taliban attacks. I traveled to Afghanistan in February, and saw and heard from our commanders and Afghan leaders there the marked progress that had been made. We are now in a position to begin drawing down our troop levels. Drawing down 33,000 troops by next summer is realistic and achievable, while still ensuring we can preserve the gains we have made during the surge as Afghan Security Forces increasingly take over the responsibility for securing their country." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. Limiting Use of Funds for Armed Forces in Libya. 24 June 2011. "In terms of national security priorities, we should be focusing on rapidly and successfully completing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, reorganizing the national security establishment to more effectively wage counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda, and resetting the DOD to defend our cherished way of life in a manner consistent for a Republic, not an Empire." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "Now, Afghanistan is different from Iraq, but our approach should be similar. The surge has accomplished its primary aim, to seize the initiative from the Taliban. But now we need to finish the job of building out the institution, the security and the civil institutions." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. The Millbrook Independent - Congressman Gibson on the Role of the Military. 11 June 2012. "Gibson expressed his strong preference for using diplomacy and persuasion as the first and most important instrument in our relations with other countries. He said the role of the military is that of deterrence. To make the power of deterrence creditable, we have to show the world we mean business when we do become involved in a foreign military engagement like Iraq. He moved away from normal Republican policy by expressing a strong desire to see the military budget shrink and to see a change in our military policy [¦] 'If we better integrated the intelligence community particularly the Special Operations Command, we would continue to do well against Al Qaeda and the existential threat it poses on us,' said Gibson. 'We're not optimally organized enough to do that. So, when you think differently and when you go through the comprehensive national security establishment and reform, you'll be safer and it will cost less money because the money that we're spending to send our land forces overseas (to maintain it and in some respects help the local economies with countries overseas) we can't afford to do that and there's no evidence that makes us any safer. So, I've been an advocate for this kind of change and we've had some amendments that have come into law.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Chris Gibson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Chris Gibson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. House Passes Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan to Raise Nation's Debt Limit. 19 July 2011. "Importantly, we make absolutely no changes to Medicare, Social Security, or Veterans Benefits in this bill, and leave open the option of significant cuts in defense spending in future years to bring our budget into balance." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Chris Gibson signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New York and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 1 November 2011. "The single biggest issue in this campaign is the economy and the most significant difference between me and my opponent is how we facilitate private sector growth. Where my opponent supported the failed stimulus package and believes that the federal government can best stimulate the economy through increased spending, my campaign believes that private sector growth is achieved by getting government out of the way." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. Gibson Statement on Pro-Growth Tax Reform. 02 August 2012. "Creating jobs is our number one priority, and enacting comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform is essential to that goal" (gibson.house.gov)
  • Chris Gibson. On the Issues. 5 September 2012. "Despite Senate inaction, Chris will continue to fight for priorities that facilitate economic growth, and advocate for comprehensive tax reform that closes non-productive corporate tax loopholes, allowing for lower rates for small business owners and hard working families." (www.chrisgibsonforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Chris Gibson. Congressman Gibson Meets with Capital District School Boards Association. 7 Feb 2012. "Today's meeting was a productive and informative session with local school boards. It gave me the opportunity to listen carefully to their concerns as we approach re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) later this year [¦] We certainly share a view that the federal government should roll back unfunded mandates and empower local school boards, administrators, teachers, parents and students. The ˜No Child Left Behind' and ˜Race to the Top' initiatives were well-intentioned, but they have created a climate that leads to ˜teaching to the test' and under-values our building trade skills and other technical career paths. These are critical to revitalizing our manufacturing base and ensuring we can comprehensively compete in the 21st century global economy. Let's recognize that and change course now. I am sharing these perspectives with the Committee on Education and the Workforce and look forward to working with all of our education professionals as this process moves forward." (gibson.house.gov)
  • Maury Thompson. Post Star: Gibson discusses 'Race to the Top Progam Funding. 30 August 2010. "Q: The "Race to the Top" program, in particular -- do you have any thoughts about that? A: "Given where we are right now -- I mean -- where we are in 2010, is we do have a bureaucracy in Washington D.C. And given the fact that we do have a bureaucracy I think programs like these are some of the more helpful programs. And I'm excited by the fact that New York state has done well and we are a recipient. But I would argue that what we really need to do as we look towards the coming years and throughout the 21st Century, is I think we should look towards restructuring our Republic so that we empower individuals, families and communities -- and less power down in Washington D.C" (poststar.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 November 2011. "Chris Gibson is an outspoken supporter of the right to bear arms and to protect one's life, loved ones and property. As a student of history, Chris understands that our Founding Fathers were passionate about the need for an informed and armed electorate to prevent tyranny. Thomas Jefferson himself wrote that 'No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.' As Congressman, Chris will oppose any legislation which restricts the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for protection or for sport." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Gibson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Editorial Board. Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Rep. Chris Gibson continues to impress. 22 March 2012. "We also think Rep. Gibson's moderate views and solution-based approach would make him a good person to have at the table for needed national compromises on tax reform and immigration [¦] On immigration, he favors an idea that might be agreeable all around: Illegal immigrants would pay a reasonable fine to settle the fact that they broke the law, and then they can move forward as legitimate U.S. residents who can work freely." (www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Casey Leigh Quinlan. Legislative Gazette: Gibson: I am the true conservative. 21 June 2010. "I'm a principled conservative. The economy and spending, that's the focus. I would say I don't support gay marriage and the reason why is that I believe the federal government really doesn't have the authority to redefine marriage," said Gibson. (www.legislativegazette.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Preserving Social Security. 1 November 2011. "Social Security is a commitment to America's seniors we must uphold. This program cannot and should not be privatized. Those who have worked their entire lives with the understanding that Social Security will be there for them when they retire must be able to count on this promise. For those in or near retirement, all benefits must be protected, including not raising the retirement age or taxes as these would alter the agreement our nation has with its seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Social Security Solvency. 1 November 2011. "Social Security is a sacred commitment to America's seniors we must uphold and it should not be privatized. Those who have worked and contributed with the understanding that Social Security will be there when they retire must be able to count on this promise. For those in or near retirement, all benefits must be protected, including not raising the retirement age or taxes as these would alter the agreement our nation has with its seniors. With government spending out of control, the federal government must borrow more from a Social Security program that simply isn't taking in as much revenue. The first step to preserving Social Security is to stop the big-government tax and spend agenda in Washington and create private sector job growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Gibson. Post Star - Q&A with Chris Gibson. 20 September 2010. "I don't support privatizing Social Security. I think that would be a wrong move." (votesmart.org)

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