Address: PO Box 828, Morris, IL 60450
Campaign Contact Info: www.electpamroth.com,
Family: Married to Steve
2 boys - Jared (12) Jakob (10)
Education: High School - Washington High School, Washington, IA
College - University of Nevada, Las Vegas - BA Accounting
Occupation: State Representative
Political Party: Republican
Previous Elected or Appointed Offices: 75th District State Representative, 2011 - Present
Saratoga School Board 2007-2011, President, 2009-2011
1) Is there any additional experience you believe qualifies you for the position?
My vast experience in business. I have worked in many different industries including manufacturing, petroleum, nuclear, construction, and consulting. I have owned two businesses - a CPA firm and a construction company. I understand numbers and believe we need more business minded people in Springfield. I have also served as a volunteer in many organizations.
2) What would your priorities be if elected to this office?
Our first priority needs to be balancing our State's budget. Illinois is not an attractive State for business development because of our looming deficit and debt. We must set a course of action to give more certainty to the job creators - business.
3) What sets you apart from the other candidates?
Several factors set me apart from other candidates:
1. 25 years of business experience
2. Not politically active prior to my appointment
3. I did not take the General Assembly Pension due to my belief that the pension system creates career legislators
4. Gave up a solid career in private industry to take the appointment as State Representative because I feel it is time for non-political types to stand up and work toward solving the problems facing the State of Illinois.
4) Official name of your campaign committee (if you have one):
Friends of Pam Roth
5) What should first be done by the state to keep businesses that have strongly voiced the possibility of leaving, such as CME and Sears?
We need to make Illinois more business friendly so that we are not driving away much needed jobs. If we do not stabilize the business climate in Illinois and give our employers a sense of certainty in government, then we not only miss out on new businesses but also run the risk of losing those already here.
6) What can be done to help College Illinois?
In the past, the College Illinois program was investing in some very risky areas and the fund suffered greatly because of it. The investment strategy has changed to a more sound plan and the administration of the fund is now in new hands. We will have to continue to monitor it's progress closely.
7) What should the government do to create more jobs?
Governments cannot create private sector jobs. The best thing the State can do is get out of the way of business, provide them with a stable environment, reduce burdensome regulations, and reform worker’s comp to include causation.
8) What are your philosophies on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, and what should government’s role in those issues?
The State needs to be focused on balancing the budget and paying down the debt right now and not getting involved in citizen’s personal lives or infringing on their religious freedoms.
9) Do you support a gaming bill that would increase the number of casinos or other gambling venues in Illinois? Should a casino be built in Chicago?
I do not believe we can solve any of Illinois’ problems by expanding gambling at this time. A casino in Chicago would be devastating to the Casinos outside of Cook County, not to mention that the proposed Chicago casino would be run by the City and not private industry. In my opinion, this is inviting more corruption and crime.
10) What do you suggest for property tax relief?
Most property taxes go to fund local schools, so any real property tax relief would have to look at the high cost of educating our children. From the State level we need to eliminate all unfunded mandates. For years the General Assembly would pass well intentioned mandates onto local schools but would not fund those mandates. This places an incredible burden on our local schools and increases property taxes.
11) Should the state consider consolidating school districts? What would be the best way to accomplish this in your legislative district?
School consolidation should be addressed at the local level, not the State. What works for one community may not work for another, we do not need the State forcing schools to consolidate.
12) Should the state legalize marijuana?
In regards to medical marijuana, I am not convinced that we have the safeguards in place to ensure that Illinois does not become another California or Colorado. Furthermore, the Federal Government still considers marijuana an illegal narcotic. If we were to legalize it in any form, we would be placing citizens at risk of breaking Federal law.
13) Are there ways to reform the legislative scholarship program, or would you support calls to eliminate the program?
This program has been abused and unfunded since its inception. It is unfair to place this burden on the backs of our already underfunded universities. I have not participated in this program and I support its elimination.
14) Who are your political heroes and why?
President Ronald Reagan has always been a source of inspiration for me. At a time when our Country was in a state of turmoil and uncertainty, President Reagan reminded us what it meant to be an American and how lucky we truly are. He renewed our belief in personal responsibility and small government, as he put it "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." He is as right today as he was then.
15) Have you ever been convicted of a felony, sued successfully or had a restraining order placed against you? No
If so, please explain. N/A