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Arizona House
Debbie Lesko
(Republican, district 8)
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Debbie Lesko on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Life begins at conception and must be protected. (Jul 2018)
  • Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection. (Jul 2018)
  • Pro-life, according to PVS survey. (Aug 2018)
  • Sponsored bill to protect infant survivors of abortion. (Feb 2019)
Debbie Lesko on Budget & Economy
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  • PVS:Don't promote economic growth via federal spending. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package. (Dec 2020)
  • Opposed $1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief. (Mar 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Civil Rights
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  • Allow business to cite religion to not serve gays. (Jun 2014)
  • Keep deadline for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Corporations
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  • Regulatory relief for smaller banks stimulates growth. (Mar 2018)
  • PVS:Lower corporate taxes promote economic growth. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted NO on corporate transparency. (Oct 2019)
Debbie Lesko on Crime
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  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Keep existing rules for police accountability. (Mar 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Drugs
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  • Legalization of pot will only hurt our children. (Jul 2018)
  • Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs. (Jun 2018)
  • PVS:Oppose recreational marijuana. (Aug 2018)
Debbie Lesko on Education
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  • PVS:States decide standards, not federal government. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted NO on private lawsuits for school race discrimination. (Sep 2020)
Debbie Lesko on Energy & Oil
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  • Most of global warming is not caused by humans. (Jan 2018)
  • PVS:Don't fund renewable energy like wind and solar. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted NO on assisting rural electric renewable energy. (Sep 2020)
Debbie Lesko on Environment
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Debbie Lesko on Families & Children
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Debbie Lesko on Foreign Policy
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  • Israel has God-given right of self-defense on all its lands. (Feb 2016)
  • PVS:No nuclear weapons for hostile governments. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang. (Sep 2020)
Debbie Lesko on Free Trade
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  • Free trade needs to be fair trade. (Jul 2018)
  • Investment in education should be done locally. (Jul 2018)
  • Implement USMCA for improved North American trade. (Dec 2019)
Debbie Lesko on Government Reform
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  • Curb citizen initiatives to reduce fraud. (Jun 2013)
  • PVS:Don't regulate campaign donations from corporations. (Aug 2018)
  • No holiday on election day; no same-day registration. (Mar 2019)
  • Oppose expanding voter registration and voter access. (Mar 2021)
  • Don't impeach President Trump for events of Jan. 6. (Jan 2021)
  • No statehood for Washington D.C. (Apr 2021)
  • Don't restrict presidential power; don't help whistleblowers. (Dec 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Gun Control
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  • The second amendment provides an essential right. (Jul 2018)
  • Opposes gun control, according to PVS survey. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale. (Jan 2019)
  • Voted NO on background checks for private transfers. (Mar 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Health Care
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  • Obamacare is not the answer. (Apr 2018)
  • Sued Arizona for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare. (Mar 2017)
  • Repeal ObamaCare, according to PVS survey. (Aug 2018)
  • No federal vaccine mandates for coronavirus emergency. (Dec 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Homeland Security
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  • The military should have the best equipment around. (Jul 2018)
  • PVS:Don't cut defense to balance budget. (Aug 2018)
  • Voted against combating Islamophobia. (Dec 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Immigration
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  • The border needs to be secure like Trump says. (Jul 2018)
  • Supports border wall, according to CC survey. (Aug 2018)
  • Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps. (Mar 2019)
  • Allow immigration bans from non-cooperating countries. (Apr 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Jobs
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  • Keep Right-to-Work laws. (Mar 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Principles & Values
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  • Overturn presidential election due to pandemic voting rules. (Dec 2020)
  • Oppose certification of the 2020 Presidential election. (Jan 2021)
  • Opposed creating Commission to investigate Jan. 6 events. (Jun 2021)
  • Past impeachments came from years-long investigations. (Dec 2019)
  • Politicized impeachment usurps presidential election. (Dec 2019)
Debbie Lesko on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Debbie Lesko on Tax Reform
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  • I have never seen a tax I didn't want to cut. (Jul 2018)
  • PVS:Don't increase taxes to balance budget. (Aug 2018)
Debbie Lesko on Technology
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  • Voted NO on net neutrality: don't regulate the internet. (Apr 2019)
Debbie Lesko on War & Peace
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  • Voted NO on removing US forces from Yemen. (Feb 2019)
  • President ok to use military force against Iran. (Feb 2020)
  • 2002 AUMF against Iraq should apply to ISIS. (Jun 2021)
Debbie Lesko on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Life begins at conception and must be protected: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life, according to PVS survey: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Sponsored bill to protect infant survivors of abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated Voted NO on private lawsuits for school race discrimination: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rated Keep deadline for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rated Voted against combating Islamophobia: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Allow business to cite religion to not serve gays: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Obamacare is not the answer: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Sued Arizona for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare, according to PVS survey: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No federal vaccine mandates for coronavirus emergency: Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Investment in education should be done locally: Strongly Favors topic 7
PVS:States decide standards, not federal government: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
Regulatory relief for smaller banks stimulates growth: Favors topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Rated Keep existing rules for police accountability: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
The second amendment provides an essential right: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes gun control, according to PVS survey: Favors topic 10
Rated Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale: Favors topic 10
Rated Voted NO on background checks for private transfers: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I have never seen a tax I didn't want to cut: Strongly Opposes topic 11
PVS:Don't increase taxes to balance budget: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
The border needs to be secure like Trump says: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Supports border wall, according to CC survey: Opposes topic 12
Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps: Favors topic 12
Rated Allow immigration bans from non-cooperating countries: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Free trade needs to be fair trade: Opposes topic 13
Implement USMCA for improved North American trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Israel has God-given right of self-defense on all its lands: Favors topic 14
PVS:No nuclear weapons for hostile governments: Strongly Favors topic 14
Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
The military should have the best equipment around: Strongly Favors topic 15
PVS:Don't cut defense to balance budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-5 points on Social scale)
Curb citizen initiatives to reduce fraud: Strongly Opposes topic 16
PVS:Don't regulate campaign donations from corporations: Opposes topic 16
Rated No holiday on election day; no same-day registration: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Overturn presidential election due to pandemic voting rules: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Rated Oppose expanding voter registration and voter access: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated Voted NO on removing US forces from Yemen: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Rated President ok to use military force against Iran: Opposes topic 17
Rated 2002 AUMF against Iraq should apply to ISIS: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Most of global warming is not caused by humans: Strongly Favors topic 18
PVS:Don't fund renewable energy like wind and solar: Opposes topic 18
Rated Voted NO on assisting rural electric renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Legalization of pot will only hurt our children: Strongly Favors topic 19
Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs: Favors topic 19
PVS:Oppose recreational marijuana: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
PVS:Don't promote economic growth via federal spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package: Favors topic 20
Rated Opposed $1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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