U.S. Congressional District 5

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is invested in identifying those candidates who will best represent the interests of the business community while serving in office. As such, we invited all candidates to respond to both written and video-response questionnaires which address a variety of issues impacting our businesses. These responses, as well as consideration for each candidate's demonstrated actions, were scored to issue a letter grades.

We recognize the need for well-rounded, knowledgeable elected leaders. We encourage our membership to reach out to candidates and to access available resources in an effort to cast an informed and confident vote.

When it comes to business issues, how do you rate the candidates? Click here to download a scoring worksheet for Congressional District 5 candidates.

The following candidates did not participate in the process:

  • Javier Ramos

Andy Biggs

About The Candidate

  • Email: kate@biggsforcongress.com
  • Community of Residence: Gilbert
  • How many years have you lived in this community? 35
  • Name of Employer: U.S. House of Representatives
  • Occupation or Title: Congressman for Arizona’s Fifth District
  • Campaign website or social media account:
  • Brief Summary of Employment History (list format)
    • Attorney since 1985
    • U.S. Congressman, 2017-present
    • Arizona State Senate, 2011-2016
    • Arizona State House, 2003-2011
  • Educational Background (list format)
    • B.A. in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University
    • M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University
    • J.D. from University of Arizona
  • Community organizations to which you belong or regularly support (list format)
    • Coached girls fastpitch softball
    • Served as a Scout leader
    • Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Questionnaire Responses

1. Give three (3) of your qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for Congressional District 5. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.

Proven Record. Each time I’ve been elected, I made clear promises to my constituents: that I would vote in line with the U.S. Constitution and fight for their interests. In my 3 terms in Congress, I’ve held fast to the Constitution, even when doing so was unpopular among my colleagues. I’ve worked in a bipartisan fashion to pass 4 bills into law. Where appropriate, I’ve worked with my colleagues to offer amendments that would strengthen bills being considered in the House. I’ve written countless oversight letters to both Trump and Biden administration officials to hold them accountable for their policy choices. And I’ve clearly explained my positions to my constituents so they know where I stand on every issue.

Community Resident. Our representatives must be one of us to represent us. My wife and I have lived in Gilbert for 35 years. I have worked here, raised my family here, and been active in our community throughout that time.

Established Leadership. In Congress, I have been elected to lead diverse and bipartisan caucuses, ensuring the community I represent will always have a seat at the table. I served two years as Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus advocating for sound constitutional policies; founded the bipartisan War Powers Caucus to restore Congress’s role as the decisionmaker when sending troops to war; serve as Co-Chairman of the Border Security Caucus, through which I’ve taken more than 45 Members of Congress to the southern border; and am Vice Chairman of the Western Caucus. I also serve as the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, pushing back on Democrats’ radical agenda to defund police and endanger our communities.


2. What are the top three (3) priorities you would push to accomplish during your term as a member of Congress and why do you believe these are important to accomplish?

Securing the Southern Border. The open southern border has created a humanitarian and national security crisis. Last year, President Biden allowed nearly 2 million illegal aliens to enter the United States. Human and drug trafficking runs rampant, crime in our border communities has intensified, and we’re reeling from the devastating amount of illegal substances flooding every state in the nation. President Biden and his administration must be held accountable for the policies they have implemented that have directly caused this crisis, including stopping construction of the border fence, limiting use of the Remain in Mexico program, and releasing aliens into the interior of the country even when their detention is required. I will continue to stay in close communication with U.S. Border Patrol, local law enforcement, border area ranchers and residents, and fight for policies that will uphold our national security and sovereignty.

Balancing the Budget and Lowering Inflation. Our national debt is $30 trillion, and Americans are feeling the inflationary impacts in their everyday lives. In fact, Arizonans face the highest inflation rate in the country. Flooding the economy with trillions more dollars—as Biden and even some Republicans want to do—is not the solution. Congress must enact a structurally balanced budget, cut spending, dramatically reduce our national debt, reform our regulatory system, and cut taxes. These steps will put Americans on a fiscally responsible path that we can be glad to leave to future generations.

Defending Life. I will continue to fiercely defend human life. I have fought to defund Planned Parenthood, ban late term abortion, and ensure health care workers are never forced to take an innocent life. No taxpayer dollar should ever be used to fund an abortion, and we must work to change the notion that a child’s death is necessary for a woman to thrive in life.


3. What do you believe is the preferred way to accomplish funding for education (at all levels) and what should the role of the Federal government be in that funding?

Education funding should be determined and provided at the state level, with zero input or interference from the federal government. Too many schools that receive federal funding focus on indoctrination instead of education, and too many education elites believe parents are irrelevant to the education of their children.

I support giving families full freedom to choose what works best for their children, including public, private, online, or homeschool. States and communities have different educational needs, and teachers, parents, and local education officials are best equipped to make education policy decisions. I will continue to advance educational policies that focus on local control, maximum flexibility, and that ensure Arizonans have the most educational opportunities available to them.


4. What do you think the U.S.’s position should be regarding conflict in other nations, such as Ukraine/Russia?

We should use an America First approach to our foreign policy, ensuring we have a national interest before committing our troops or our resources in any conflict. Doing so will prevent war hawk politicians from making rash decisions based on heightened emotion and committing American lives to every corner of the world. We must also ensure that Congress—rather than the President—decides when the United States sends troops into conflict, as is required by the U.S. Constitution. I co-founded the bipartisan War Power Caucus with these two goals in mind. Maintaining peace around the world requires bold leadership, military strength, and commitment to our national interests.

5. If elected to represent Congressional District 5, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?

My constituents are my stakeholders. I have and will continue to regularly engage with them to provide transparency on my efforts in Congress and to hear their ideas. During my 3 terms in Congress, I have held numerous telephone townhalls and in-person constituent meetings, directly responded to tens of thousands of constituent inquiries, and hosted several resource fairs to ensure they have access to the government services they need.

6. In a very polarized climate, what steps can you take to facilitate communication between both parties and restore the public’s opinion of Congress?

I am always willing to work with my Democrat colleagues in the interests of Arizona, the American people, and our nation. Each bill I have introduced and helped pass into law was cosponsored by my Democrat colleagues in the House, including:

  • The Right to Try Act
  • The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act
  • The Justice Against Corruption on K Street Act
  • A bill to rename the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Gilbert the “Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic”

I have worked and will continue working with my Democrat counterparts to address the serious water issues facing Arizona and many communities in the Fifth District. I am committed to finding a bipartisan solution to Big Tech censorship that affects all Americans. And I co-founded the War Powers Caucus with my colleague Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) to promote discussion about Congress’s constitutional right to declare war.

We have serious issues facing our nation that, if not addressed, could be detrimental to the freedoms and values we hold so dear. It is our responsibility to find common ground and serve the American people as the Founders intended.

My constituents elected me to shrink the size and scope of the federal government and restore the freedoms our Founders enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. I will continue striving to balance our budget and lower inflation, secure the border, restore parental choice in education, fix our broken health care system, restore election integrity, protect life, and protect our national security interests.

My voting record is and will continue to be a record of promises kept to my constituents.


7. Do you have any final comments or thoughts you’d like to share?

It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve Gilbert and the Fifth District in Congress. Our nation’s Founders put their faith in a great experiment, creating a republic that is governed by the people and that guarantees freedoms that are the envy of the world. I am humbled by my constituents’ trust in me to defend our founding ideals and to represent their interests in Congress.

Clint Smith

About The Candidate

  • Email: Info@ClintSmithforCongress.com
  • Community of Residence: Mesa
  • How many years have you lived in this community? Lived in Mesa most of my adult life except for three years with my wife as a church mission leader from 2016-2019
  • Name of Employer: Self
  • Occupation or Title: Attorney
  • Campaign website or social media account:
  • Brief Summary of Employment History (list format)
    • Practiced law in Mesa 1985-2016, 2019-2020. Mostly a solo practice but was a partner with Riggs, Ellsworth & Porter; Udall Shumway; and Jackson White
  • Educational Background (list format)
    • BA International Relations, Brigham Young University 1981
    • JD from ASU 1985, Senior Editor of law review
  • Community organizations to which you belong or regularly support (list format)
    • Served on the board of the Mesa United Way and Mesa Southern Little League.

Questionnaire Responses

1. Give three (3) of your qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for Congressional District 5. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.

Honesty. Integrity. Leadership.

Honesty. I have built my family, my law practice and my community service on truth and facts. I have occasionally had to set my preferences and opinions aside because the facts didn’t support them. Our current congressman appears to live largely in a fact free zone.

Integrity. If we don’t live by the principles and truths we profess, what is left? I say what I mean and mean what I say, even if it is uncomfortable. I will not jump on a bandwagon if it means violating my core principles. Since running for Congress is not a career move, I will not be beholden to party or special interests and will do the right thing, no matter what the consequences.

Leadership. I have had a long career in leading others. From my Little League teams to committees at the United Way to service in my faith community. I have been a leader in the latter for over twenty years, with stewardship over more than 3500 people. I love the people I lead, and have done my best to serve them.


2. What are the top three (3) priorities you would push to accomplish during your term as a member of Congress and why do you believe these are important to accomplish?

From the moment I considered running for office, the same three issues keep coming to the forefront - immigration reform, education and water.

A. Immigration Reform. No state’s economy stands to benefit more from immigration reform than Arizona. We have a massive labor shortage here which will cause employers to move away or stay away from our state altogether. It’s why we need to expand worker visa programs and do more to ensure kids who grow up in our country have the opportunity to give back and be part of growing our economy. We have invested in them and their education, so we should give them the tools to succeed and contribute. As for the millions of others who are here, we need to provide a path to legal residency or citizenship. Politicians must stop using this issue as a fundraising scare tactic and deal with the realities of this untenable situation.

B. Education. We need to focus our efforts on preparing students for the work of tomorrow. It surely includes STEM but also the ability to reason and think. I will focus on ways to help young people decipher fact from fiction and to make rational decisions.

C. Water. Arizona is in a water crisis that is deepening and that needs direct, immediate and meaningful action. We cannot survive in this desert unless we recognize climate change and get serious about the record low water levels in our aquifers and other water sources such as Lake Powell and the Colorado River. I will work toward solutions to both the supply and the demand/usage sides of this huge problem.


3. What do you believe is the preferred way to accomplish funding for education (at all levels) and what should the role of the Federal government be in that funding?

Decisions on education funding need to be made with the utmost consideration of the students’ best interests in mind. For decades, our educational attainment levels have been sliding in the wrong direction, and we have started to allow partisan politics to muddy the waters on what is going on in our schools, much to the detriment of our students' learning opportunities. The biggest threat to education is the inequity of funding. A student’s zip code should not be the deciding factor for their education plan and opportunity for success. The Federal government plays a role in ensuring that each student has the same chance to succeed, with access to technology and teachers to help them. Ultimate decisions on spending should be made by those closest to the students, and that is at the district level.


4. What do you think the U.S.’s position should be regarding conflict in other nations, such as Ukraine/Russia?

What is happening right now to the people of Ukraine is an absolute travesty. The millions of people who have been forced out of their homes while their country is being overtaken is something we cannot stand for. Our position as the global leader often demands our presence or a call to intervene, which is a difficult balancing act in foreign policy. In Ukraine, we are witnessing a President who is fighting for his country and his people, and at the moment, we are doing what we can to support that effort. It is imperative that we continue to support them through aid and other diplomatic measures to help reach a peaceful resolution. Our measure of response needs to be weighed carefully, and I trust that is what is happening as our leaders are working with our global allies. Members of Congress hold an awesome responsibility for voting on aid and military response, and Congressman Biggs has, especially recently, abdicated that responsibility. We cannot be responsible for every nation, but we absolutely cannot sit idly by while nations and democracy are destroyed.


5. If elected to represent Congressional District 5, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?

A member of Congress should consider their constituents as their stakeholders. This includes the residents and the businesses that make up the heart of the district. The very people who live and work in this district deserve to have someone representing them and their interests, rather than serving their own. For far too long we have had the wrong representation to address the needs of everyday Americans - parents who worry about sending their children to college, young adults who work hard to save for their first home, and seniors who are faced with choosing to pay for rising prescription drug prices or other basic needs. As a husband and a father, I understand the decisions families are making, and how difficult it can be no matter how hard you work. As a small business owner, I also understand how important it is that we are working together with our business owners, and hearing from them what is keeping them from growing their business, or what is preventing them from hiring new workers. I’m ready to fully represent the families and businesses in our district, by meeting with them and making myself available to hear what matters most to them, and how I can help make it just a little easier for people to provide for their families and to run their businesses.


6. In a very polarized climate, what steps can you take to facilitate communication between both parties and restore the public’s opinion of Congress?

Our state has a rich history of elected officials who built legacies on working across the aisle. They did this not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it delivered results. Leaders like former Congressman John J. Rhodes, the late Senator John McCain, and now Senator Kyrsten Sinema, were known for working with both parties - and they delivered results to Arizona. As of late, our current district is not benefiting from the notion of working together, but rather we have been victim to partisan politics that drive up TV ratings and do nothing for the hard working families in this district. My faith guides me to listen, and help people, and we can do that by working together. But the vitriol lies within the parties themselves, accentuating the need to elevate important discussions above political rancor in order to pass legislation that matters. As a father, I am no stranger to managing disagreements. My kids growing up often found themselves arguing for the sake of arguing, with no end in sight, simply because no one was willing to listen. It’s time we start listening to each other in Washington, instead of waiting for the next pause to jump in with why we are right. When I am in Congress, I look forward to working with my peers to address the growing needs in our country, and especially in this district. I will be reasonable, responsible and rational.


7. Do you have any final comments or thoughts you’d like to share?

I did not come to the decision to run for Congress without careful consideration. Like many of you, I watched in absolute disbelief as our own U.S. Capitol was stormed by domestic enemies, people who were so caught up in a perpetrated lie that they attacked on our own soil. This small but loud group has galvanized the attention of the media and a select few politicians, while the majority of Americans are left unheard, and unrepresented. My candidacy as an Independent for Congress offers the constituents of this district the opportunity to be heard - regardless of their political affiliation. As of right now, this district is being represented by someone who voted against honoring police officers, who voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act, and most recently, who voted against providing aid to the Ukraine. These extreme and unnecessary grandstands do nothing for the constituents of this district. When I am in Congress, I intend to restore decency and integrity to this office, and represent the people of this district with honor.

Andy Biggs is not representing our community. He voted against honoring capitol police, renewing the Violence Against Women Act, and recently, aid to Ukraine, to name just a few. His extreme and nearly isolated stands that are in direct opposition to the needs and wants of his constituents here in Arizona, have not accomplished anything in Washington DC except give Arizona a bad rap. I intend to restore decency, integrity, respectful dialogue, and a reasonable, responsible, and rational approach to legislating.

Video Responses

The following candidates did not participate in video responses:

  • Javier Ramos