Senator John H. Hoeven's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: John H. Hoeven
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mical; 2 Children: Marcela, Jack
Birth Date: 03/13/1957
Birth Place: Bismarck, ND
Home City: Minot, ND
Religion: Catholic
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John Hoeven refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. 2008. Project Vote Smart: North Dakota Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape;" "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered."
  • John Hoeven. 2008. Project Vote Smart: North Dakota Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Abortion Issues: Other or expanded principles: "I oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is at stake. Given current situation where abortion is legal, it should be limited to only within the first trimester of pregnancy, and it should be subject to both a mandatory waiting period and parental notification. Public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions should be prohibited."
  • John Hoeven. Q&A with the Candidates: John Hoeven. 18 March 2010. "I am pro-life." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. Q&A with the Candidates: John Hoeven. 18 March 2010. "I believe in growing the economy and working to reduce taxes as well as working for tax simplification and fairness. That's exactly what I have worked to do in North Dakota, including passing both broad-based property tax relief and income tax relief as well as reform and simplification. Also, we must do much more at the federal level to create a dependable business climate with more legal, tax, and regulatory certainty so that businesses can invest, hire people and get our national economy going and growing again." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. Governor Hoeven's Six Pillars. "To maintain our momentum, in May 2007, Gov. John Hoeven was joined by legislators, business leaders and university officials to sign new legislation providing increased funds to address statewide workforce needs, as well as an additional $20 million for the Centers of Excellence program, a cornerstone of our economic development agenda. The funding is part of the North Dakota Department of Commerce's 2007-09 budget." (www.governor.state.nd.us)
  • John Hoeven. Is Stimulus Helping You? "Though the Republican governor opposed the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus package, he was in favor of the tax relief and infrastructure funding. The state is receiving $176 million in transportation money to put toward bridge and road repairs and construction." (money.cnn.com)
  • Daum, Kristen. Potter, Hoeven face off on issues in first debate. "Hoeven offered no specific solution to ensure Social Security's solvency. He attacked Potter's proposal and said the government must enable business to invest and create jobs." (tracypotterforsenate.com)
  • John Hoeven. Hoeven Signs $185 Million Bill To Invest In Economic, Development. 8 May 2009. "Gov. John Hoeven signed Senate Bill 2018 today, the North Dakota Commerce Department budget bill that continues the state's strategic investments in economic, community and workforce development that have helped make North Dakota one of the strongest and most stable economies in the nation. The budget provides $185 million to further grow and diversify North Dakota's economy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. Q&A with the Candidates: John Hoeven. 18 March 2010. "For Social Security, one thing we can do is get our economy growing so we can create jobs. If we create more jobs and have more people working, that will increase the revenue going into the program." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)
  • John Hoeven. Issue Position: Taking Care of Our Seniors. "Job creation must be job number one. With a common sense approach that fosters free enterprise and empowers people, we can get our economy back on track and Americans back to work. That means creating a favorable business climate like we have in North Dakota, with more legal, tax and regulatory certainty, so that businesses can invest and hire people. If you get people back to work and get our economy going, we can grow the revenue base we need to fund our priorities like Social Security. At the same time, we have to hold the line on spending, find savings within our federal budget, and crack down on fraud and abuse in our entitlement programs." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)

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Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. 2008. Project Vote Smart: North Dakota Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students."
  • John Hoeven. Hoeven Signs Historic $1.3 Billion K-12 Education Funding Bill. 19 May 2009. "Gov. John Hoeven today was joined by Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, legislators, members of the Governor's Commission on Education Improvement, educators and students to sign House Bill 1400, a historic K-12 education funding bill that invests $1.3 billion in North Dakota's schools. The legislation represents a nearly $290 million increase in state and federal education funding for the state, and includes $825 million for per-pupil payments, an increase of $100 million...Key provisions of the legislation include: * An appropriation of $2.3 million to the Education Standards and Practices Board for a mentorship grant program to select and train experienced teachers to serve as mentors for first-year teachers. * A revised curriculum, with enhanced requirements, to better prepare students for the jobs of the future." (votesmart.org)
  • John Hoeven. Issue Position: Education. "Education is our first pillar because it is the foundation on which we will continue to build North Dakota's future. It enables us to accomplish our individual dreams and goals and leads the way in innovation. And, continued education is the key in ensuring that our entire workforce has the knowledge and necessary skills to compete in a global economy. Governor John Hoeven believes education is the foundation on which we will continue to build North Dakota's future. It enables us to accomplish our individual dreams and goals and leads the way in innovation. And, continued education is the key in ensuring that our entire workforce has the knowledge and necessary skills to compete in a global economy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. 2008. Project Vote Smart: North Dakota Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Environment Issues: Other or expanded principles: "We must set achievable standards and work with industry to develop and deploy new technologies that will reduce greenhouse gases."
  • John Hoeven. Energy. "Washington's approach to domestic energy development is to tax energy providers with Cap and Trade - or Cap and Tax. This approach will raise costs for families and businesses. It is already freezing investment of new technologies on the sidelines-technologies that will help our country produce more domestic energy in environmentally sound, cost-effective ways." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)
  • John Hoeven. Ushering in the New Energy Age. "Responsible and responsive regulation - both environmental and licensing regulation - is something high on the NGA's agenda. We'll be looking at the role the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) might play with respect to the principle of state and regional control. The NGA has formed a joint state-federal task force to address just this issue." (www.governor.nd.gov)
  • John Hoeven. Issue Position: Energy. "Our fourth pillar, energy, is a key industry for our state, but we have only tapped the possibilities. Further development of both our traditional and renewable resources will help North Dakota lead the way to becoming an energy-independent nation and become the energy powerhouse for our state, region and nation. Energy has become one of the state's key industries and Governor Hoeven is working to capitalize on North Dakota's natural resources to make it the energy powerhouse of the region and nation. Hoeven has been a major proponent of using value-added agriculture to complement our renewable energy industry. North Dakota producers have a new market for their crops in the development of ethanol and biodiesel facilities. Four years ago, North Dakota had only two ethanol facilities and produced no biodiesel. With projects constructed and in development, North Dakota will produce more than half a billion gallons of ethanol per year and more than 85 million gallons of biodiesel per year... North Dakota is leading the way forward in the development of clean coal technology including carbon dioxide capture and sequestration, as well as new production of oil and gas. Governor Hoeven has forged programs that are enabling our state to produce more energy and create quality jobs with good environmental stewardship." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. 2008. Project Vote Smart: North Dakota Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?;" "d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?;" "e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • John Hoeven. Q&A with the Candidates: John Hoeven. 18 March 2010. "I support the Second Amendment, which protects citizens' rights to legally own firearms." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. 2008. Project Vote Smart: North Dakota Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary."
  • John Hoeven. Health Care Reform. "Governor Hoeven and many North Dakotans oppose the health care bill currently being debated in Washington. This bill will raise taxes by $500 million, reduce Medicare for our seniors by $470 million, create billions of dollars in unfunded mandates for the states, and put government between you and your doctor. Instead of government run health care, our country needs a common-sense approach that empowers people and gives them a choice in choosing their insurance and their own health care provider." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)
  • John Hoeven. Hoeven Statement on the Passage of the Healthcare Bill. 21 March 2010. ""I'm disappointed in the House's action today to pass the massive healthcare bill that puts government bureaucracy between you and your doctor. The bill will reduce Medicare by another $500 billion and create huge unfunded mandates for the states. This legislation does little to address the real problems of healthcare, which is affordability and accessibility." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)
  • John Hoeven. Q&A with the Candidates: John Hoeven. 18 March 2010. "Health care should be available and affordable to all Americans. That is why we must reform our health care system. The way to do that is not through a large government-run approach, but rather through reforms that empower people to choose their own health insurance and their own health care providers." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daum, Kristen. Potter, Hoeven face off on issues in first debate. "Hoeven said the U.S. needs to secure its borders and crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants." (tracypotterforsenate.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. Q&A with the Candidates: John Hoeven. 18 March 2010. "I believe that we need to empower the commanders on the ground to make the personnel decisions that they need to accomplish their mission. Part of the process is helping the people of Afghanistan to create a stable government and for our troops to move into a support role instead of a combat role." (www.hoevenforsenate.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Hoeven. 2008. Project Vote Smart: North Dakota Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Should North Dakota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?;" "b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"

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North Dakota Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

Regarding Items C, F and G, I oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is at stake. Given current situation where abortion is legal, it should be limited to only within the first trimester of pregnancy, and it should be subject to both a mandatory waiting period and parental notification.

Public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions should be prohibited.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

a) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
d) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Greatly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

Regarding Item A, I support more funding for higher education, particularly to make college more affordable and to link it with our economic development efforts.

Regarding Item D, we need to fund efforts to ensure good stewardship of our environment including renewable energy, energy conservation, CO2 sequestration and biomass research.

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories

We have proposed a $300 million property tax relief and education funding reform plan.

Yes1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yes2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

Regarding Question 2, it's important to have a strong reserve fund, and it should be used to balance the state budget when necessary to avoid raising taxes or cutting essential services. That's why we are building a strong reserve fund.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Noa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota state senators and representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to gubernatorial candidates?

1) Individual
2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
f) Should North Dakota participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Establish the death penalty in North Dakota.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xg) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
h) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of North Dakota to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

Regarding Item A, I support funding and development of pre-K programs in line with the recommendations of the Governor's Commission on Education Improvement.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Include gender identity in North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Increase the state minimum wage.
i) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xj) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xk) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xl) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
m) Support Workforce Safety and Insurance remaining an independent entity.
Xn) Support giving the governor control of Workforce Safety and Insurance.
o) Support giving the insurance commissioner control of Workforce Safety and Insurance.
p) Other or expanded principles

Regarding Item H, state minimum wage should be the same as the federal minimum wage. There is room to raise them.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xe) Support funding for improvements to North Dakota's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

Regarding Item D, private and federal funds should be used first. In some cases, it may be necessary to use state funds.

Regarding Item G, we must set achievable standards and work with industry to develop and deploy new technologies that will reduce greenhouse gases.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
c) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yesd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yese) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

I believe that the right to bear arms is protected under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in North Dakota.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Noa) Should North Dakota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
c) Should North Dakota provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yese) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
f) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
g) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
h) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
i) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Yesj) Should North Dakota continue affirmative action programs?
k) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
l) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
m) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1. Advance North Dakota economic development and creation of better paying jobs.
2. Provide strong support and funding for education.
3. Deliver more tax relief, especially property tax relief.
4. Support access and affordability to high quality healthcare for all North Dakota citizens

We are committed to continuing to expand and diversify our economy to achieve these goals.