NAME: Patrick Morrisey
CANDIDATE FOR: U.S. Senate
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.MorriseyforSenate.com
HOME CITY: Harpers Ferry, WV
HOME COUNTY: Jefferson County
PERSONAL STATEMENT: As Attorney General, I have worked tirelessly to defend our conservative West Virginia values: Defending life; expanding gun rights; suing President Obama’s EPA and protecting coal; suing Obama over Obamacare and his illegal amnesty program; and finally, aggressively tackling the opioid tragedy in West Virginia. Now, I’m running for Senate to continue this fight and advance conservative values in the U.S. Senate. I have worked with President Trump as Attorney General to protect our West Virginia conservative values, and I look forward to standing with President Trump as West Virginia’s next U.S. Senator.
EDUCATION: Rutgers College (‘89); Rutgers Law School-Newark (‘92).
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: West Virginia Attorney General OTHER WORK HISTORY: Practice Group Co-Chair and Partner for two of the largest law firms in the United States, (2004-2012); Chief Health Counsel, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee (1999-2004); Attorney, private practice (1992-1999).
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Eastern Panhandle Business Association & Harpers Ferry Historic Foundation.
ENDORSEMENTS: West Virginians for Life PAC, WVCDL, Gun Owners of America, Senate Conservatives Fund, former Trump campaign manager David Bossie, Citizens United, Freedomworks, over 30 WV elected officials, Tea Party Express, and Governor Scott Walker.
FAMILY: wife, Denise; stepdaughter, Julia.
1. What measures would you support to address the budget deficit and the national debt?
We need to pass a Balanced Budget amendment to the Constitution to ensure career politicians are forced to balance the congressional checkbook just like hardworking West Virginia families do with their own bank account every month.
2. What steps do you think congress should take to ensure access to affordable healthcare for all Americans?
We need to repeal Obamacare and the onerous regulations that have cause premiums to skyrocket, while denying many West Virginia families the ability to choose their doctors and their health insurance plans. I support policies that will create more competition in the healthcare sector, so we can lower prices, improve access, and increase quality.
3. West Virginia has been especially hard hit by the opioid abuse epidemic. What do you see as the role of Congress in addressing this crisis?
My office has reached record-breaking settlements with pharmaceutical companies, launched faith-based education programs, and even sued the DEA. Congress needs to do a much better job of holding the federal government accountable for its lax oversight of the opioid supply system, and tackle the problem holistically from a supply and demand, and educational perspective.
4. What measures could help prevent gun violence and mass shootings?
West Virginians proudly enjoy their Second Amendment rights, and it is important that we protect those rights first and foremost. I worked hard as Attorney General to expand concealed carry reciprocity. We can ensure that the laws on the books are enforced and that we have proper reporting systems and help for people who are mentally ill.
5. What measures do you favor on background checks for gun purchases?
Gun violence is extremely tragic, but in most of the scenarios, greater gun regulation would not have prevented the tragedies. It is critical that we enforce the laws already on the books and give law enforcement the tools to follow through on tips and reports of suspected perpetrators.
6. How do you think coal fits into the United States’ energy policy?
Coal is a critical part of West Virginia’s economy and a key piece of the United States’ energy policy. That’s why I sued President Obama’s EPA and defeated Obama’s Clean Power Plan at the U.S. Supreme Court. We must protect coal, both for West Virginia families and also for all American families who benefit from this affordable and plentiful energy source.
7. With the increased incidence of black lung disease in recent years, does more need to be done to protect miners’ health and safety?
Yes, we should always be looking for better ways to support miners’ health. I also think we should be continually exploring way to utilize technological improvements to minimize health risks for miners.
8. Do you support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes. The Keystone XL pipeline would create jobs for many Americans, and offer Americans access to affordable energy.
9. What can you do on the federal level to improve the economic situation in West Virginia?
The most important thing we can do is repeal the job-killing regulations that President Obama pushed during his eight-year reign. As Attorney General, my office achieved a huge victory when we defeated Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court. President Trump has started this process by rolling back many regulations, and we should keep this process going.
10. Do you support a reduction in Medicaid coverage?
We must protect the integrity of this system for those who need it most and severely crack down on medicaid fraud spoiling the system. For instance, my office took on the disability fraud problem in WV and saved over 8 million taxpayer dollars in just two years. The federal government could do much better than the status quo.
11. Do you support immigration reform? What, if any, changes would you make?
Unfortunately, Congress has completely dropped the ball on immigration. We need to do a much better job enforcing the immigration laws on the books and protecting our borders. For example, Congress just passed a budget that does not fund the border wall President Trump asked for and continues to fund sanctuary cities. That is unacceptable.
12. What are the United States’ essential security interests and needed outcomes with North Korea?
We need to work with our allies to ensure that North Korea does not deploy nuclear weapons. I support Donald Trump’s tough position on North Korea.
13. Do you favor more federal aid to states to upgrade equipment and systems in order to protect election procedures?
We must protect the integrity of our elections- this should not require new taxes or massive infusions of federal dollars.
14. Should the federal government provide more funds for broadband in underserved areas? Why or why not?
As Attorney General, I have done a lot of work in this area, reaching a $150 million settlement with Frontier Communications to enhance broadband. We need to expand connectivity in West Virginia to improve our business climate and compete even more effectively with other states.
15. Do you think the outline for infrastructure improvements from President Trump can be effective? Why or why not?
President Trump is 100 percent right that the United States needs to repair our country’s crumbling infrastructure, and I commend the president for initiating a proposal with a lot of good ideas. We should have further conversations about the best way to pay for these improvements.