Backie, Robert

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
U.S. House of Representatives
District:
1
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Age:
55
Occupation:
Director - Healthcare Device
Education:
BA Business Administration
Family:
Divorced with 3 adult children
Religion:
Protestant
Biographical Info:

I grew up a pastor’s son and learned early that moral values were the most important attribute a father could teach his son. I have continued to demonstrate these conservative values with honesty, integrity, a strong work ethic and dedication to serving others.

I moved to Arizona in 1994 to raise my children in an area which provided high quality education, opportunity and the quality of life we expect in Congressional District One.

With over 30 years of experience, I have led global teams and businesses in Semiconductor, Internet, Telecom, Cyber Security and Healthcare including teams in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Canada and Mexico. I have diversity of experience which allows me to understand complex issues and simplify them into a workable plan to get done.

Over the last decades, I have focused on improving other’s lives and opportunities through involvement in the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC), #yesPHX startup community and mentoring businesses through the Arizona Commerce Authorities Venture Ready program. As elected Chair of ATIC, I was in the front row when Governor Brewer signed SB1353 to expand medical care to include telemedicine, helping to push for expansion in the following years.

I have also taken on issues in my neighborhood, solving problems that negatively impacted quality of life, worked on congressional campaigns. I currently serve on the Town of Paradise Valley Car Show and Arizona Concours d’Elegance committees, raising money for Make a Wish and Veterans Organizations.

I am the proud father to three adult children and a son-in-law and attend Highlands Church in Scottsdale.

Statement:

I love Arizona and the District we call home, however, I’m tired of watching Government employees try to solve the problems we are facing as a nation. They are failing miserably and making things worse, including high inflation, rampant crime and a border that is wide open to anyone who wants to cross. These lifelong Government employees are the problem. After decades in government, they have lost sight of what it means to work hard, pay our bills and make a better life for our family.

Our current congressman has spent over a decade violating election laws, being reprimanded by his fellow Congressmen and doing very little to help our community. It’s time for our district to be represented by a driven, honest, hardworking businessman who values improving your life over enriching his.

I’m a businessman who gets things done and is focused on making life better for each of the residents of my district. I’m joining this race to bring integrity, hard work and honesty back to our district. I will renew leadership and collaboration in Congress, focusing on solving the issues you face on a daily bases.

My priority will always be to work for you, the residents of my district and earn your support and trust.

Survey

Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S* As your next Congressman, I will build a wall, move troops to secure the border, expand legal immigration, and require asylum claims before crossing.
2. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. −* Arizona has a 15 week Abortion law with an exception for life of the mother that is the law of the land.
3. Appointing federal judges who will interpret the U.S. Constitution according to the framers’ original intent or text, rather than by evolving standards. S* A Judges role is to interpret the law as written and not let their personal beliefs impact their rulings.
4. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," and "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. −* I believe that all people be treated equally, including sexual orientation, and that personal beliefs should be respected. Gender expression and identity are fluid and make it difficult to protect as a class.
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S* Parents have the fundamental right and responsibility for their children including their education and who provides it. Parents should make the decision on what schooling their children receive.
6. Amending the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance the federal budget every year. S* Federal spending is out of control, is the root cause of inflation and the rising cost of living we are suffering through right now.
7. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O* Taxpayer funding should be provided to organizations that promote and counsel women who choose to keep their babies including for healthcare, birth control and counseling for both mother and father.
8. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S* The 2nd Amendment is clear - we have the right to own guns and use them to defend our life, property and loved ones.
9. Allowing individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. S* For standard services (restaurants, stores, etc) there should be no discrimination. But when artistic expression or custom work is to be done, people have the right to not violate their moral or religious beliefs.
10. Federalizing election law by removing state authority over elections. O* The Constitution lays out that elections are a state responsibility and it should remain so.
11. Eliminating the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to move most legislation. O* The filibuster rule encourages the cooperation and negotiation that we expect from our elected officials. It should not be changed.
12. Regulating or banning social media platforms that are owned or controlled by certain foreign governments. S* Social media owned by a potential enemy has the power to change opinion and influence behavior. Potential enemies should not have access to this capability.