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Rodney Davis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 13, Republican
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Rodney Davis 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

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life (
  • "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." (
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

  • "I do not support raising taxes to achieve a balanced budget and I do not believe we have a 'revenue problem' as some have espoused." (
  • "Rodney also believes we must lower taxes for everyone, including small business owners, and reduce red tape and regulations." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Additionally, Davis said he was open to discussion about mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. They sound great when they're proposed as legislation, but in reality, when you tie the judges' hands, the flexibility the judge needs to actually determine what sentences are then goes away." (
  • "Congress needs to be smart and sensible when it comes to criminal sentencing and, specifically, mandatory sentences. I believe that this commonsense, bipartisan legislation accomplishes that while modernizing our drug sentencing policies and enabling judges to take an individual review of a case without putting public safety at risk." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Each year I have served in Congress, I have supported a budget framework proposed by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan because it's the only one that balances our budget in ten years, reduces our deficit responsibly and strengthens social safety nets for all Americans." (
  • "I was proud to support this bill because it gives us one of the single largest cuts in mandatory spending that we've seen in this Congress and because it is essential that we pass a new, responsible farm bill that cuts spending, protects the agriculture community, and reforms federal government." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Very simply, we support transportation and infastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people and deliver goods from place to place." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our tax system is in serious need of reform. U.S. companies currently pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world, making them less likely to invest and create jobs here in America." (
  • "Specifically, the budget includes: Balances the budget in less than 10 years by cutting $5.5 trillion in spending and calling for a fairer, simpler tax code to promote job creation and a healthy economy" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe most decisions regarding individual schools are best left to the state government, local municipalities and parents." (
  • "No one knows the needs and priorities of local schools better than our teachers, parents and administrators […] That's why they need the authority to carry out the mission of educating our children. But far too often we see rules and regulations from the federal government making it incredibly difficult for them to achieve their goals." (
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 XL Pipeline" (
  • "Today, I voted once again in support of building the Keystone XL pipeline which has the potential to create more than 40,000 jobs and help make America more energy independent." (
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

  • "I am supportive of an 'all of the above' energy approach which utilizes all the domestic energy sources we can utilize. We need to increase our renewable fuel capacity, expand domestic production of fossil fuel and improve efforts at energy efficiency." (
  • "Safe, affordable energy is essential to both our national security and our economy, which is why I support an "all of the above" energy policy to properly utilize our renewable fuel capacity, expand domestic production of fossil fuels and improve our efforts at energy efficiency. Oil, coal, the sun, wind, water and natural gas together represent our path to energy independence." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Coal is an abundant resource in the state of Illinois; it employs more than 30,000 Illinoisans while supplying more than half of all of Illinois’ electricity. I’ll continue to oppose the President’s War on Coal, including his attempts to end the use of coal-generated electricity. Instead, we should focus on developing 'carbon capture' technologies to reduce the environmental impact of coal and make coal a central part to the Illinois economy once again." (
  • "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." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (
  • "I am an unabashed supporter of our Second Amendment rights […]" (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare must not only be repealed, but also replaced with a comprehensive plan that keeps the vital patient-doctor relationship in place and encourages innovative solutions to address our nation's health care needs." (
  • "I have said from the beginning that Obamacare must be repealed. Nothing has changed." (
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

  • Signed a letter stating, "President Obama's plan to ignore the Constitution and circumvent Congress is a lawless move that will ultimately do much more harm than good. We believe Congress should take the lead on immigration reform, securing our borders, improving the visa system and addressing the many layers of our broken system. This temporary measure will only spark chaos and create major problems both now and in the future." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (
  • "I would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The United States role in world affairs should be active and promotive of our unique position in the world as the super power which defends democracy, liberty and freedom." (
  • "A number of actions outlined by the President tonight are actions that I would support in order achieve these objectives, including increasing the number of air strikes on ISIL in both Iraq and Syria, ensuring the Iraqi government is stabilized and building a coalition of nations to unite against an enemy of freedom and in the name of humanity." (
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

  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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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