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Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Rodney Davis
Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 13, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 13
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Shannon; 3 Children: Toryn, Griffin, Clark
Birth Date: 01/05/1970
Birth Place: Des Moines, IA
Home City: Taylorville, IL
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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 News-Gazette: 2012 election candidate questionnaire: Rodney Davis, U.S. House, 13th District. 1 October 2012. "I am pro-life but recognize the exceptions of rape, incest and life of the mother. I do not believe that taxpayer dollars should be used to finance abortions, outside of rape, incest or life of the mother." (www.news-gazette.com)
  • Allison Petty. Pantagraph: GOP congressional candidate touts health stand in Decatur. 14 October 2012. "Davis also described himself as "unabashedly pro-life," opposing abortion except in cases of rape, incest and when the mother's health is in danger." (www.pantagraph.com)
  • Rodney Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rodney Davis. Chicago Tribune: Rodney Davis- 13th Congress- Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 September 2012. "We must continue to be vigilant in Afghanistan to protect our citizens against the terrorist threat which has taken root there for far too long. I believe there is good reason why the United States has not seen an attack since September 11, 2001: we have taken the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. It is certainly in our interest to transfer controlling power to the Afghans, but on a timetable which is set not by U.S. political means, but a decision made by the military commanders on the ground to protect the security interests of the United States." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rodney Davis. Chicago Tribune: Rodney Davis- 13th Congress- Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 September 2012. "Extend the Bush tax cuts. I have heard first-hand from small business owners who are waiting for certainty on extension of these tax cuts before they will invest in hiring more workers. I don't believe there is another issue which could do more to stimulate job creation than extending these tax cuts." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rodney Davis. Chicago Tribune: Rodney Davis- 13th Congress- Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 September 2012. Responded: "Enact a long-range transportation bill which will stimulate job growth in sectors such as construction, materials and engineering. While I was pleased that Congress passed a two year extension this session, I believe we must give more certainty to this segment of our economy so these businesses can employ Americans for the long haul." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rodney Davis. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2012. "Rodney believes we must create a simpler, fairer tax system that ensures everyone pays their fair share and makes America a more attractive place for companies to invest and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rodney Davis. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 January 2012. "Rodney believes we must lower taxes for everyone, including small business owners [...] Government doesn't create jobs which means Congress should get out of the way of business owners and let them do their jobs." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rodney Davis. Chicago Tribune: Rodney Davis- 13th Congress- Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 September 2012. Responded: "I believe the federal government should play a limited role in public education. It is my firm believe that, in most instances, local teachers, administrators and school board are the best to determine the education of their children. After a decade of federally-imposed "accountability", I believe we still have not seen the results which were to have taken place by now." to the question: "What role should the federal government play in public education? How can public school systems enhance the accountability of educators and provide more education options for students? Tell us your priorities for American education. (elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bernard Schoenberg. The State Journal Register: Congressional candidate Rodney Davis outlines energy policy. 12 September 2012. "I'm a fan of expanding opportunities, expanding our access to fossil fuels, expanding our access to renewables," Davis told reporters at a news conference at a Qik-N-EZ gasoline station on Springfield's west side. "I don't think we have a focused national energy policy that leads to better supply. Davis said he believes in expanded offshore drilling for oil and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to drilling. He also said he believes the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project is ready for government approval now. "It's going to provide thousands of good-paying jobs," he said." (www.sj-r.com)
  • Rodney Davis. Rodney Davis For Congress Announces Plan for Energy Independence. 12 September 2012. "Our continued dependence on foreign oil has negative effects on both our economy and our national security. While we should continue to reduce our consumption of oil wherever possible, we must also develop our domestic supplies. Rodney supports expanded offshore drilling and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil exploration. He strongly supports constructing the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as possible." (www.electrodney.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The News-Gazette: 2012 election candidate questionnaire: Rodney Davis, U.S. House, 13th District. 1 October 2012. "Many factors contribute to changes in climate, both man-made and natural. Regardless of your views on global warming, we should all agree that reducing our dependence on foreign oil and cutting air pollution without doing economic harm to our citizens will benefit our national security, environment and public health." (www.news-gazette.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rodney Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • WMBD/WYZZ-TV: 13th District Candidates: Gun Control. 3 October 2012. "You know, no matter how many laws we put on the books, no tragedy is going to be stopped by gun control laws, unfortunately. I think our focus needs to be on what turns the criminals into criminals and using those weapons to hurt people. Now, and I think more focus needs to be put on the killers like in the Colorado shooting to find out why they get to that point, but no new law is going to be a save, is going to save us from those tragedies, unfortunately." (rochesterhomepage.net)
  • Tom Kacich. The News-Gazette: Daily dose: Local history and gun control debate. 24 July 2012. "Davis said "we have enough laws on the books to deal with firearms and ammunition. I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. We could pass a bill regulating every part of firearms that would be 2,700 pages like Obamacare and it still wouldn't have prevented that tragedy in Colorado. I think we need to enforce the laws we have." (www.news-gazette.com)
  • Rodney Davis. Chicago Tribune: Rodney Davis- 13th Congress- Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. 28 September 2012. "I believe the federal government should play a limited role in public education. It is my firm believe that, in most instances, local teachers, administrators and school board are the best to determine the education of their children. After a decade of federally-imposed "accountability", I believe we still have not seen the results which were to have taken place by now." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rodney Davis. Rodney Davis for Congress Statement on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling. 28 June 2012. "I have said from the beginning that Obamacare must be repealed. Nothing has changed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rodney Davis. Rodney Davis for Congress Statement on Obamacare Repeal Vote. 11 July 2012. "As a member of Congress for the 13th District, I will work in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with a market-based solution that protects the rights of patients without exploding our deficit by trillions of dollars and spiraling our health-care system toward a government run, socialized, single-payer program." (votesmart.org)
  • Rodney Davis. Issues. 28 September 2012. "In Congress, Rodney will fight to repeal and replace the flawed Obamacare." (www.electrodney.com)
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

  • The News-Gazette: 2012 election candidate questionnaire: Rodney Davis, U.S. House, 13th District. 1 October 2012. "Any path to citizenship for those here illegally must not be a path which places them before others who are going through the process legally." (www.news-gazette.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The News-Gazette: 2012 election candidate questionnaire: Rodney Davis, U.S. House, 13th District. "I would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman." (www.news-gazette.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.
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

  • Rachel Havey. Central Illinois Proud: 13th District Congressional Candidates on Social Security. 9 October 2012. "If we don't begin to change the way social security has been operated, where funds have been raided by Congress' of the past, and begin to ensure that we have a social securit trust fund that will continue to fund retirees and beneficiaries, we're not going to have social security. So tough decisions need to be made in the future to ensure the social security system remains solvent after it's projected insolvency date of 2032." (centralillinoisproud.com)

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Illinois State Legislative Election 1996 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.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or if the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xf) Illinois government funding should not be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action in Illinois.
a) Illinois government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sector.
Xb) Illinois government should provide no affirmative action programs.
c) Amend the Minority and Female Business Enterprise Act to assist business owners in obtaining state contracts.
d) Illinois government should add sexual orientation to Illinois' anti-discrimination laws.
Xe) Illinois government should not add sexual orientation to Illinois' anti-discrimination laws.
f) Do you believe that Illinois government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Eliminatea) Abortion
Eliminateb) Affirmative Action
Slightly Increasec) Agriculture
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Health Care
Greatly Increaseg) Law Enforcement
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address child and family-related issues in Illinois.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Reduce child abuse and neglect by providing state funding to combat poverty.
Xe) Reduce child abuse and neglect by placing abused or neglected children in orphanages.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Illinois.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Continue to enforce "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences without parole.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenses.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xi) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentence.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
Xl) Implement chain gangs, in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
Xm) Limit the number of appeals allowed for inmates on death row.
Xn) Implement "enterprise zones" in high crime communities to promote job-creating industries in those areas.
Xo) Support laws requiring restitution to crime victims at the personal expense of the criminal.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Illinois.
Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for first-time juvenile felons.
c) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
d) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Impose mandatory curfews for minors in high crime areas.
f) Allow courts to hold parents accountable for a minor child who possesses a firearm.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Illinois' economic development.
Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low-interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling (e.g. slot machines, video gambling).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xe) Remove state governmental controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
Xf) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Xh) Initiate cost/benefit analysis of all Illinois laws and regulations to determine their economic impact.
i) Fund construction of a third metropolitan airport in the Chicago area.
Xj) Change the current Workers' Compensation Law by limiting the amount of damages for which a business may be liable to employees.
k) Support the use of state funding for the construction of sports stadiums and arenas in Illinois.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Illinois' education system.
a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
Xd) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Support "charter schools" where teachers/professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Fund public school education in Illinois by increasing state income taxes and decreasing local property taxes.
Xk) Provide state funding for programs which increase Illinois students' access to the Internet and other telecommunications networks.
l) Increase state funding for school security (e.g. metal detectors, truancy officers).
m) Amend the Illinois Constitution to allow the state to fund at least 50% of costs related to Illinois public schools.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Illinois' environment and natural resources.
a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Illinois.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates immunity incentives for polluting industries to clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis on the economic impact of any environmental regulation before it is implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit use of privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Illinois.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend Illinois' participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Support "right to know" information being made available to communities exposed to hazardous substances.
j) Support continuing Illinois' status as a host state for commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal.
Xk) Oppose continuing Illinois' status as a host state for commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal.
a) Would you support amending the Illinois Constitution to limit the terms of the following Illinois officials?
Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governors
Yesb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Support expanding the nationwide ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of a firearm.
Xe) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Illinois' health care system.
Xa) Expand funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to small businesses which provide health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Illinois citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Convert Illinois' Medicaid program to a system of Medicaid-funded managed health care.
g) Continue tax on Illinois hospitals and nursing homes to help fund health care for the poor.
h) Support programs in schools and workplaces which provide Illinois residents with AIDS/HIV prevention information.
Xi) Support legislation requiring health insurance providers to provide certain medical services (e.g. coverage for a 2 day hospital stay after childbirth).
Xj) Enact legislation which allows citizens and small employers to pool their health insurance purchasing power.
Xk) Enact legislation which assures Illinois workers will have portable health insurance if they lose their jobs.
Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning Illinois' tax levels for the following categories.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
Eliminatec) Capital Gains
Maintain Statusd) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Maintain Statuse) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Greatly Decreasef) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales Taxes
Maintain Statush) State Fees
Yesi) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesj) Do you support expanding property tax caps to all Illinois counties?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Illinois' welfare system.
a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to welfare recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
Xg) Eliminate government funded welfare and advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xi) Require mothers age 18 and under to complete high school through mandatory "Learnfare" program.
Xj) Continue "Earnfare" as a voluntary program in which food stamps recipients work to earn money and pay off food stamps.
Xk) Make "Earnfare" a mandatory program for parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered support.
Xl) Require mothers to identify their child(ren)'s father in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xm) AFDC benefits for families with children in grades 1-6 should be tied to these children's attendance in school.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Illinois State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

I will develop a jobs plan to attract job opportunities and promote economic growth, creating a district with an attractive and prosperous business climate. I intend to be available 24 hours a day, and hold regular meetings throughout the district with local leaders and citizens.

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