Looney, John

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House of Representatives
Political Affiliation:
(406) 431-2542


Response Legend

  • SSStrongly Supports
  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • SOStrongly Opposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Public Schools in Montana are overfunded: O
2. Public Schools in Montana are underfunded: S
3. Public Schools in Montana are adequately funded: O
4. Parental choice in education should be expanded through tax credits, education savings accounts, vouchers, and other means to allow children to attend any school of their or their parents choice: S
5. Parents should be allowed to home school their children without additional state regulation: SS
6. The teaching of "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) should be banned in Montana public schools: SS
7. Comprehensive sex education, beginning as early as kindergarten, should be allowed in public elementary schools: SO* Ensuring a high-quality education tailored to individual student needs is paramount. I believe in maximizing parental choice and control over their children's education, supporting diverse educational pathways including home schooling, private, and charter schools, without undue state interference. Upholding educational standards that reflect Montana's values, while ensuring schools focus on foundational skills and knowledge, is essential. Education policy should prioritize student success, prepare them for future challenges, and respect parental rights and values.
8. Income taxes in Montana are too high: S
9. Property taxes in Montana are too high: SS
10. Corporate taxes in Montana are too high: S
11. The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows all citizens to own firearms for self-protection: SS
12. Climate Change is a problem requiring increased regulation: O
13. Environmental regulations in Montana are too stringent: S
14. Environmental regulations in Montana are NOT stringent enough: O* Balancing fiscal responsibility with the need to fund essential services is key. I advocate for a tax structure that encourages economic growth and doesn't overburden individuals, families, or businesses. On regulation, it's crucial to protect our natural resources without imposing unnecessary restrictions that hinder economic development or property rights. Rights to firearm ownership are fundamental and must be protected. A pragmatic approach to environmental stewardship, one that values innovation and property rights alongside conservation, is essential for Montana's future.
15. Montanans should not be discriminated against or treated differently because of their vaccine status: SS* Every individual deserves to be treated with respect and fairness, regardless of their vaccine status. Medical decisions are personal and should be made by individuals in consultation with their healthcare providers, not used as a basis for discrimination. Upholding personal freedoms and privacy rights is paramount, and it's essential to ensure that all Montanans can participate in society fully, without fear of being ostracized or penalized for their health choices.
16. Doctor assisted suicide should be legal in Montana: O
17. Abortion should be banned in ALL stages of pregnancy: SS
18. Abortion should be banned during all stages of pregnancy, with the exceptions for rape and incest: O
19. Abortion should be banned only after a heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks): SS
20. Abortion should be banned only after the first trimester (12 weeks): S
21. Abortion should be banned only when a fetus becomes viable outside the womb (20 weeks): S
22. Abortion should be banned only after the 2nd trimester (28 weeks): O
23. Abortion should never be banned, not at any stage of pregnancy: SO
24. The Montana Constitution should be amended to allow abortion: SO
25. Infanticide (the killing of infants born alive with physical abnormalities, including infants born as a result of a botched abortion) should be banned in Montana. SS
26. Companies and individuals should be allowed to opt-out of the abortion related mandates contained in Obamacare: SS* Life is a fundamental right that should be protected at all stages of development, from conception. While recognizing the complexity of this issue, especially in exceptional circumstances, it's essential to uphold the value of life with compassionate policies that also support women and families facing unplanned pregnancies, offering alternatives like adoption. Our approach should balance the sanctity of life with compassion and practical support for those in difficult situations.
27. Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete against athletes of the opposite sex: SO
28. Doctors should be banned from performing sex-change procedures on minors: SS
29. Homosexuals and transgender people should be allowed to adopt children: O
30. Non-discrimination laws should be expanded to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in the same way that race, creed, nationality, and religion are protected: O
31. Montana’s marriage laws should be changed to reflect the legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court: O* I believe in preserving the integrity of competitive sports by ensuring athletes compete in categories that reflect their biological sex. Regarding minors, it's crucial to protect them from undergoing irreversible medical procedures until they are of age to make such significant decisions with full consent and understanding. On adoption, while I respect the dignity of all individuals, I feel it's important to consider the traditional family structure as foundational for child-rearing. The current focus on gender identity, in my view, does not serve individuals genuinely struggling with gender dysphoria. Reinforcing a dysphoric individual's feelings without considering the profound mental health implications can exacerbate their challenges rather than address the underlying issues. Compassionate, informed care focused on the mental well-being of those experiencing dysphoria is essential. It's critical to approach these complex issues with compassion while upholding the principles that I believe best serve our communities and children's future.