Name: Sam Brownback

Age: 54

Hometown: Topeka

Political affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Elected to the U.S. House in 1994 and has served in the U.S. Senate from 1996 to present.

Name: Sam Brownback
Age: 54
Hometown: Topeka
Political affiliation: Republican
Political experience: Elected to the U.S. House in 1994 and has served in the U.S. Senate from 1996 to present.

1. Do you agree with the current administration’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the issue of illegal immigration enforcement? Would you support a similar law in Kansas?

Kansas has a rich tradition of immigrant families living out their American Dream on the plains. However, our laws should not encourage illegal immigration to our State. We should be compassionate while enforcing the law. The federal government must secure our country’s borders – especially its southern border. We also need an e-verify system that doesn’t create a burden on Kansas businesses but allows them to verify potential employees are who they say they are. I also support Kansans showing photo ID when they register to vote and before they cast their ballots to protect the integrity of our elections and ensure the civil rights of Kansas voters.

2. This year a law went into effect banning smoking in privately-owned businesses, while specifically exempting state-owned casinos. Is this hypocritical and, if elected, how would you address it?

I believe a smoking ban should be decided at the local level. The next Governor and Legislature will explore this question together, but changes to that law are not an immediate priority given the seriousness of the other problems our state faces.

3. This year, the largest sales tax increase in state history was imposed in Kansas. Please explain why this was or was not necessary.

There were a number of things done during the 2010 Legislative that I did not agree with and increasing the state’s sales tax was one of them. The most important issues in this election are growing our state’s economy and creating jobs. We need to protect important industries like aviation and manufacturing by fighting fire with fire. We cannot be a high tax and regulation state to grow. That’s why I want to use existing resources to establish the Office of the Repealer to review state regulations and recommend doing away with unnecessary, outdated or duplicative regulations.
We can neither tax nor cut our way out of this economic recession. I want to look at the totality of our state’s tax policy - income, property and sales taxes - and find the right mix to grow our state’s economy.

4. Explain why you are the best qualified for the position you’re seeking.

Our campaign offers a strong leadership mixture of legislative, executive and private sector business experience in both Kansas and Washington, D.C. We have a long history of bi-partisan accomplishments and will continue to work with all those interested in bettering our state. If elected, we will implement an encompassing, integrated plan to meet the needs of our time. Our focus will be to grow the Kansas economy; make sure our children excel in their education; reform state government; and protect families through our Road Map for Kansas. We will work to enhance opportunity, demand accountability and take responsibility for helping build a future for our state that is as good, positive and uplifting as its people. In this spirit, we are committed to the following Kansas Report Card for a Brownback Administration.