Feenstra touts conservative record in Legislature
He seeks Republican nomination for Congress
Editors note: In the first of a series of articles introducing candidates on the June 2 primary election ballots, state Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, answers some questions from The Messenger.
Feenstra is seeking the Republican nomination in the Fourth Congressional District, which includes Webster County and all of its surrounding counties. He faces U.S. Rep. Steve King, Steven Reeder, Bret Richards and Jeremy Taylor in the race for the Republican nomination. Whoever wins the Republican nomination will face Democrat JD Scholten in the November general election.
What is your previous political experience?
I’m an Iowa state senator with a proven record of delivering conservative results for Iowa.
What is your profession?
I’m a business teacher at Dordt University, Sioux Center.
What is your educational background?
I received a bachelor’s degree from Dordt University and a master’s degree from Iowa State University in Ames.
Why should the voters pick you?
For me, this election is all about results. In the Iowa Senate, I have a proven record of delivering conservative results for Iowa. In the Iowa Senate, I supported efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, ban sanctuary cities, expand our 2nd Amendment rights and I authored the largest tax cut in Iowa history. Now, more than ever, President Trump needs effective conservatives in Congress who will work with him to pass his agenda.
In your opinion, what is the No. 1 issue facing the nation and what would you seek to do about it if elected?
As a Christian and a father, the most important issue will always be protecting innocent life. In the Iowa Senate, we ended taxpayer funding for abortion and defunded Planned Parenthood. I’ll work with President Trump to protect and promote a culture of life in America.
What would you recommend to rejuvenate the economy?
As the author of the largest tax cut in Iowa history, the most important thing we can do is keep the government off the backs and out of the pockets of our families, farmers and small businesses. I’ll work with President Trump to protect his tax cuts and build on the progress we’ve made in reducing the tax burden for Iowans.
What would you do to bring jobs to rural Iowa?
In the Iowa Senate, I supported property tax caps, income tax cuts and tax incentives for new farmers. These measures will help promote opportunities in rural Iowa. In Congress, I’ll work to continue reforming, simplifying and reducing the tax code and the tax burden while promoting trade deals that put Iowa farmers first. I’ll also be a strong proponent of renewable fuels that are essential to our rural economy.
What changes in the health care system, if any, would you recommend in response to the coronavirus pandemic?
First, I would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. I would also work to promote market-based solutions that allow insurance to be purchased across state lines and promote price transparency for all health care products.