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Kenny Marchant's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 24, Republican
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Kenny Marchant has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 2016, 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

  • "I believe that government as an obligation to protect innocent human life, from conception to natural death, and oppose any use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions." (
  • "Congressman Marchant believes that government has an obligation to protect human life, from conception to natural death. Throughout his career in public service, Congressman Marchant has supported numerous pro-life bills and has fought tirelessly for the rights of the unborn." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (
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

  • "We must keep working to make the system simpler, flatter, and fairer across the board. It only makes sense to provide tax certainty for small businesses and working families so they have the peace of mind needed to plan for their futures." (
  • "The American people deserve a simpler, flatter, fairer tax system that rewards hard work and empowers middle-class families. The Fair Tax offers a blueprint for tax simplification that would spur economic growth, remove IRS bureaucracy, and reduce the tax burden for all Americans. I will continue fighting for a fairer tax system that lowers rates and protects the American people instead of Washington." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The American people deserve funding resolutions that keep government spending at efficient and accountable levels. Unfortunately, this is not what came before the House. Moving forward, I will continue to advocate for a straightforward budgeting process with no gimmicks. The House's power of the purse should not be used as a mechanism for pushing through unrelated items." (
  • "In addition, President Obama promised that the stimulus bill would create 4 million jobs by the end of 2010. Instead, 3 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus became law. Congressman Marchant voted against the stimulus bill because he knows that we cannot borrow and spend our way to economic prosperity." (
  • "Congressman Marchant is a fiscal conservative, and he came to Congress to work hard to balance the budget and reduce the national debt. To that end, Congressman Marchant supports fiscally responsible legislation that strengthens the budget, controls federal spending, and reduces deficits and debt." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Taxpayers deserve a tax code that is simpler, flatter, and fairer. If we want to build a healthier economy, we need genuine tax reform and that requires a plan of action." (
  • "My constituents know the tax code is broken and they, as all Americans, deserve a plan of action to simplify the code. The discussion draft released today brings us closer to making the tax system fairer and easier to understand. Chairman Camp's plan is a common sense attempt to provide tax relief for hardworking taxpayers, create more jobs, and jumpstart the economy." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Kenny Marchant supports an expansion of our college student loan program in order to allow more students affordable access to higher education. He also supports an effective accountability system for our public schools that stresses academic excellence and gives flexibility to local educators." (
  • "As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, Marchant supports scholastic excellence through accountability and flexibility for teachers, parents, and students. Marchant believes greater state flexibility will increase opportunities for our students and educators." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" (
  • "The president's veto of Keystone shows how far out of touch he is with the American people. Our nation needs energy security and more good-paying jobs. Keystone would provide both." (
  • "I have been a strong supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline from the very beginning […]" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We can achieve energy independence through an 'all of the above' approach, including the following: increasing domestic energy exploration and production, investing in clean renewable and alternative energy technologies, and providing incentives for conservation and efficiency measures." (
  • "In an effort to return to a free market in energy, Congressman Marchant has cosponsored numerous bills that would help to reduce America's dependence on foreign sources of oil, increase our supply of domestically-produced energy, encourage conservation, and expand research into alternative and renewable energy technologies." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On June 26, 2009, Congressman Marchant voted against the cap-and-trade bill. Congressman Marchant strongly opposes cap-and-trade legislation because it will relocate millions of American jobs overseas and amounts to the largest tax increase in American history." (
  • "I, Kenny Marchant, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Trampling on the 2nd Amendment by effectively disarming law-abiding citizens who are seeking to protect themselves, their families, and their property does nothing to prevent another Newtown." (
  • "Kenny is a lifelong member of the NRA and a Second Amendment advocate, and he has cosponsored numerous bills that strengthen and protect the individual right to bear arms protected by the Constitution." (
  • "As a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and lifelong advocate of the Second Amendment, Congressman Marchant believes in an individual right to keep and bear arms. Throughout his career, Congressman Marchant has fought to protect and uphold the Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Today, I voted to fully repeal Obamacare and pave the way for patient-focused alternatives that put Americans – not federal bureaucrats – in charge of their health care decisions." (
  • "As conservatives, we must redouble our efforts to repeal Obamacare. I remain fully committed and will fight to tear down Obamacare […]" (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The president's unilateral amnesty must be completely defunded. Americans' tax dollars should be used to secure the border and keep this nation safe – not to reward those who have broken the law." (
  • "Kenny Marchant firmly believes immigration reform begins with securing the borders and ports of entry through effective law enforcement, infrastructure and technology. Amnesty should not be provided to those who break the law." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Supreme Court has chosen to completely disregard the democratically-enacted will of millions of Americans in a majority of states, including the people of Texas. I believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and woman." (
  • "I believe that marriage is defined as the sacred union between one man and one woman." (
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Kenny Marchant believes the security threats of the 21st century demand strong, principled and competent policy initiatives to best protect the nation. Marchant supports working with the international community to help stabilize Iraq, thwart transnational threats and promote democratization and human rights." (
  • "Congressman Marchant believes that the fundamental responsibility of the federal government is to protect its citizens from foreign and domestic threats. To this end, Congressman Marchant is a strong advocate of a robust and well-equipped military. Congressman Marchant believes that in order to secure our safety at home, we must be willing to use force abroad when necessary." (
Yes 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

  • "Today the President set forth some broad principles, including voluntary personal accounts, to guide Social Security reform. He made sure to say that Social Security is not a short-term issue for him; it is a major component of his second-term agenda. President Bush will continue to travel around the country and bring the message that our current Social Security system is in danger. If reform does not happen now the prospects are dire for the retirement security of future generations." (
  • "Kenny Marchant is committed to ensuring that Medicare and Social Security remain available for all Americans. Marchant favors modernizing the systems through measures such as enhancing ownership with Social Security personal account systems and offering greater Medicare choices for seniors." (


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Inferred Answer

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Texas State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness 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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) 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.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Eliminatec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatee) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Vehicle taxes
h) Other or expanded categories
Undecidedi) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesj) Do you support placing any operating surplus into the rainy day fund?
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas state senators and representatives?___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Undecided2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
No4) 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?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Texas are closed?
Noj) Should Texas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesk) Should Texas restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Texas.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Support the lower .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xj) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xl) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xm) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xn) Create statewide standards for defense counsel in capital murder cases.
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xe) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xf) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xg) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education funding reform.
a) Implement a State income tax.
b) Implement a Statewide property tax.
c) Support the current system, which seeks to equalize funding by redistributing funding from wealthier districts to poorer ones.
Xd) Other or expanded principles

Raise state funds to schools in order to eliminate Robin Hood

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Texas anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Yesc) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nod) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Texas.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xe) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xg) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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