Representative Ann Wagner's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Ann Wagner
Current Office: U.S. House - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Ray; 3 Children: Raymond, Stephen, Mary Ruth
Birth Date: 09/13/1962
Home City: Ballwin, MO
Religion: Catholic
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Ann Wagner. Video: RNC Chair Candidate Ann Wagner on Life and Marriage. 23 December 2010. “Well it is a lifelong belief for me that life begins at conception and continues all the way through natural death. […] I have promoted candidates out there that are pro-life and supported them 100%. […] We elect candidates so that hopefully, we can affect public policy, and the most important thing that we can do is pass good pro-life legislation.” (youtu.be)
  • Ann Wagner. Twitter:@Ann4Congress. 14 October 2011. “I strongly stand with the members who voted for the ban of federal funding for abortions yesterday.” (twitter.com)
  • Ann Wagner. A Special Message from Ann Wagner's Campaign. 29 February 2012. “My priorities in Washington will be crystal clear. […] I will stand strong for an aggressive conservative issues agenda: I am 100% pro-life and pro-marriage.” (us2.campaign-archive2.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Twitter:@Ann4Congress. 15 November 2011. “Great to be with Missouri prolife trailblazers Loretto Wagner & Carl Landwehr at last nights Vitae Foundation benefit.” (twitter.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Twitter:@Ann4Congress. 6 December 2011. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of such a well-respected and politically active pro-life org.” (twitter.com)

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  • Ann Wagner. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. “Ann understands that national security is one of the most important roles of government. As outlined in the Preamble to the United States Constitution, the government is responsible for providing for the common defense. Ann understands that a strong national security also leads to economic prosperity […] Ann believes it is extremely important to support those who defend our freedom and fight for our country. As the mother of a son who serves in the military, Ann understands the sacrifices that the men and women of the military make for our safety and liberty. She supports giving deference to commanders on the ground to make the necessary assessments of security situations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Statement on Debt Ceiling Deal. 27 February 2012. “I appreciate the difficult challenge that Republicans faced in this fight, and recognize these challenges were exacerbated by President Obama’s dismal failure of leadership. However, I cannot support this deal for three reasons. First, the Balanced Budget Amendment provision is toothless without a passage requirement. Second, the compromise puts our national security at risk with deep, unacceptable cuts to our national defense.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Launches Campaign for U.S. Congress. 10 September 2012. “Wagner said job creation, economic growth, ending out-of-control spending and supporting a strong national defense will be central to her campaign. She noted that the district has been hit hard with job seekers facing an unemployment rate of almost 9 percent in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties alone. In those same two counties, more than 60,000 Missourians remain unemployed.” (www.annwagner.com)

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  • Ann Wagner. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. “Ann understands that the government cannot tax its way out of debt. She proudly signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge which opposes increases in income tax.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner's Statement on June 2012 Jobs Report. 14 August 2012. “Another month, another lackluster jobs report. The President predicted 5.6% unemployment with his $800 billion stimulus plan - here we are with the 41st month of 8% or higher unemployment. We need to turn this around and the only way to do so is to reinvigorate the private sector and bring stability to job creators by repealing Obamacare, lowering tax rates across the board and passing a balanced budget amendment. Unemployed Americans don't have time for politics -- it's time for action." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Launches Campaign for U.S. Congress. 27 February 2012. “Wagner said job creation, economic growth, ending out-of-control spending and supporting a strong national defense will be central to her campaign. […] 'It is the community that has given me extraordinary opportunities to make a difference. And it is the place where I believe I can effectively represent with conservative leadership and values.'” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Statement on Debt Ceiling Deal. 27 February 2012. “Washington needs to change its ways and it needs new conservative leaders who do what they say they will do. When I signed the cut, cap and balance pledge, I meant it. We need to cut spending, cap government growth and balance the budget.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner: 'President Obama in over his head.” 8 September 2011. “First, stop the spending spree. Second, lower taxes across the board, especially on small businesses who account for seven out of every ten jobs created in the United States. Third, stop borrowing money and cut up the government’s credit card. Fourth, reduce over regulation that keep small businesses from growing and hiring new workers.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner: “Zero leadership from Washington = Zero Jobs.” 27 February 2012. “President Obama and liberals in Congress don't understand how the private sector works. When you enact job-killing policies, raise taxes, create economic uncertainty and throw money away on a failed stimulus, you get high unemployment and no jobs. America has the best workers, job creators and innovators anywhere in the world. They will get our economy growing again, but only after Washington gets out of their way.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Effective Conservative Ready to Take on Tough Fights in Washington and Win. 27 February 2012. “First, I’m going to cut up the government’s credit card. No more borrowing. Second, I will help stop the spending spree. Every day Washington is mortgaging our children and grandchildren’s future for the liberals own, ‘government knows best’ agenda. Not on my watch.” (us2.campaign-archive1.com)
  • Ann Wagner. A Special Message from Ann Wagner's Campaign. 29 February 2012. “My priorities in Washington will be crystal clear. FIRST, I will cut up the government’s credit card! No more borrowing! SECOND, I will do everything in my power to stop the spending spree.” (us2.campaign-archive2.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner's Statement on June 2012 Jobs Report. 14 August 2012. “Another month, another lackluster jobs report. The President predicted 5.6% unemployment with his $800 billion stimulus plan - here we are with the 41st month of 8% or higher unemployment. We need to turn this around and the only way to do so is to reinvigorate the private sector and bring stability to job creators by repealing Obamacare, lowering tax rates across the board and passing a balanced budget amendment. Unemployed Americans don't have time for politics -- it's time for action." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner: 'President Obama in over his head.” 8 September 2011. “First, stop the spending spree. Second, lower taxes across the board, especially on small businesses who account for seven out of every ten jobs created in the United States. Third, stop borrowing money and cut up the government’s credit card. Fourth, reduce over regulation that keep small businesses from growing and hiring new workers.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner's Statement on June 2012 Jobs Report. 14 August 2012. “Another month, another lackluster jobs report. The President predicted 5.6% unemployment with his $800 billion stimulus plan - here we are with the 41st month of 8% or higher unemployment. We need to turn this around and the only way to do so is to reinvigorate the private sector and bring stability to job creators by repealing Obamacare, lowering tax rates across the board and passing a balanced budget amendment. Unemployed Americans don't have time for politics -- it's time for action." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Comments on the State of the Union Address before Congress. 27 February 2012. “We conservatives envision a different America. […] An America with lower taxes and real tax reform, an America with less regulation and uncertainty for job creators who will be free to live the American dream; an America that promotes an ownership society and empowers the free enterprise system.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Statement on Debt Ceiling Deal. 27 February 2012. “However, I cannot support this deal for three reasons. First, the Balanced Budget Amendment provision is toothless without a passage requirement. Second, the compromise puts our national security at risk with deep, unacceptable cuts to our national defense. Finally, this deal opens the door to job-destroying tax increases. For these reasons, I do not support this debt ceiling deal.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner: “Zero leadership from Washington = Zero Jobs.” 27 February 2012. “President Obama and liberals in Congress don't understand how the private sector works. When you enact job-killing policies, raise taxes, create economic uncertainty and throw money away on a failed stimulus, you get high unemployment and no jobs. America has the best workers, job creators and innovators anywhere in the world. They will get our economy growing again, but only after Washington gets out of their way.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Campaign Kick-off Thank You. 27 February 2012. “For too long, the government has been creating problems instead of solving them, telling us to be afraid instead of being daring, and getting in the way of private sector job creators. I want to fight for our families, our values, our jobs and our American way of life.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Wagner Challenges Ed Martin to Series of Public Forums. 27 February 2012. “The crushing debt, the out of control spending and threats of tax increases threaten job creators and hurt our citizens who are desperately looking for quality jobs. It's time to set the petty politics and political games behind and get to work for the people of this district and country.” (www.annwagner.com)

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  • Ann Wagner. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. “Whether it is clean coal, exploration drilling, solar, wind, natural gas, hydro, or creating a new pipeline like Keystone XL, Ann believes we need to have a true "all-of-the-above" approach to transforming our energy policy. In the 21st century global economy, it is crucial that we become less dependent on foreign energy sources and more reliant on what we already have to offer, which will in turn strengthen our national security and grow our economy.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Ann Wagner. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 18 October 2012. “I, Ann Wagner, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Missouri - 2nd District and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. “Ann also supports getting rid of the over-burdensome regulations set forth by agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency that destroy our energy independence, job growth and national security, and force employers to expend resources on unnecessary and extreme regulations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. Issue Position: Job Creation. 1 January 2012. “The current Administration's focus on over-regulation makes it difficult for business owners to follow and comply with the law, thereby setting businesses up for failure. Ann understands that in order for businesses to grow and prosper entrepreneurs need certainty in government policies, most especially in the areas of tax, healthcare and energy.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Ann Wagner. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 1 January 2012. “Ann is honored to be the only Republican candidate in this race to receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. Whether it is hunting, sporting and recreation, or for purposes of protection, Ann believes that the founding fathers meant for all law-abiding citizens to have the right to bear and maintain firearms as provided for by the Second Amendment. Ann supports recent decisions by the United State Supreme Court to strike down various gun bans and pledges her support in continuing the fight to protect this fundamental right for all individuals.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. NRA Backs Wagner in MO 2nd Congressional. 14 August 2012. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the NRA's Political Victory Fund," said Ann. "Our Second Amendment right to bear arms is a founding principle that shall not be infringed upon, I look forward to defending this right in Congress […] The voters of the 2nd district should trust that despite the administration's efforts to curtail the rights of gun owners, I will never waiver and I will never flinch in my defense of our personal freedom and individual 2nd Amendment rights.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. A Special Message from Ann Wagner's Campaign. 29 February 2012. “I will stand strong for an aggressive conservative issues agenda. […] I am a proud gun owner and an unapologetic supporter of the 2nd Amendment.” (us2.campaign-archive2.com)

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  • Ann Wagner. A Special Message from Ann Wagner's Campaign. 29 February 2012. “My priorities in Washington will be crystal clear. […] I will stand strong for an aggressive conservative issues agenda. […] I know we can create jobs in Missouri by shrinking Washington, and I believe that nobody, especially the government, should come between you and your doctor . . . ObamaCare must go!” (us2.campaign-archive2.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Calls for Repeal of Massive Obamacare Tax. 14 August 2012. “Our first radio ad highlights the problems the Obamacare tax will cause everyday Americans and, especially, job creators. I will work on day one in Congress to repeal the Obamacare tax -- without repeal, employers across the country will not have the confidence to put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Comments on the State of the Union Address before Congress. 27 February 2012. “We can all agree that the America we all hold dear is a land of opportunity – but what we disagree about is how that opportunity is met, and how we encourage our citizens to embrace that opportunity and build a life for themselves, free from government overreach and interference. […] That is not the America President Obama and Congressional Democrats promote. […] We conservatives envision a different America. An America with no Obamacare.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner Statement on State Senator Jane Cunningham's Announcement. 27 February 2012. “Jane Cunningham is a great friend and an effective, conservative voice for St. Louis County in the Missouri State Senate. Our region has benefited from her leadership on so many issues especially the Health Care Freedom Act which sent an unmistakable signal to Washington about our state's opposition to the government takeover of health care.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Ann Wagner: 'President Obama in over his head.' 8 September 2011. “And, lastly, and most simply, repeal the job-crushing government-takeover of health care law. Businesses across this great nation are sitting on the sidelines in uncertainty, worried about hiring and expanding because they simply do not know how much the President’s health care experiment will cost.” (www.annwagner.com)
  • Ann Wagner. Wagner Statement on Obama Administration's Attack on Religious Liberty Through HHS Mandate. 27 February 2012. “The Obama Administration’s most recent assault on religious liberty is unconscionable. It demonstrates their dangerous ideological agenda, arrogance, and an outright assault on our personal freedoms in just the latest of a litany of out-of-touch policies. From healthcare, to energy, to burdensome regulations and skyrocketing debt, we are witnessing the single biggest assault on American liberty in our history.” (www.annwagner.com)

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  • Ann Wagner. Video: Ann Wagner on Marriage. 23 December 2010. “As an RNC Chairman, I would never shy away from my very strong belief in traditional marriage between a man and a woman.” (youtu.be)
  • Ann Wagner. A Special Message from Ann Wagner's Campaign. 29 February 2012. “My priorities in Washington will be crystal clear. […] I will stand strong for an aggressive conservative issues agenda: I am 100% pro-life and pro-marriage.” (us2.campaign-archive2.com)

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