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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 49

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Joshua Schoonover

Patent Attorney
1,362 votes (0.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • The government sucks at nearly everything, that is why I will promote Term Limits in Congress. I have already drafted the legislation, its on my website.
  • Illegal immigration is a huge problem. We need a wall, but we really need a deterrent to prevent future waves of the same problem, and we must deal with those already here based on individual merits.
  • DEA Schedule 1 is for drugs that are addictive and lack therapeutic efficacy, but Cannabis is not highly-addictive and has medicinal benefits. I want to remove Cannabis from Schedule 1, decriminalize individual use and open banking for businesses.



Profession:Patent Attorney | Father | Business Owner
Patent Attorney, Coastal Patent Law Group, P.C. (2009–current)
Vice Chair, San Diego County Bar Assoc., IP Law Section — Elected position (2017–current)
President, National Assoc. of Patent Practitioners — Elected position (2011–2013)


Western Sierra Law School Juris Doctorate, American Jurisprudence (2011)
San Diego State University (SDSU) B.s., Chemical Physics, minor in Mathematics (2005)

Community Activities

President, National Assoc. of Patent Practitioners (2011–2013)
Eagle Scout, BSOA (1992–1996)


Joshua Schoonover is a Patent Attorney and business owner. As a patent attorney, he helps individuals and businesses solve Federal government issues. He studies Federal laws and identifies the impact of those laws on his clients. He prepares and amends Federal legal writings, and negotiates with Federal Agency staff.

As a Representative in Congress, Schoonover will do many of the same things. He will help constituents solve Federal government issues. He will read every page of proposed legislation (not merely the summaries), identify the impact, take positions and vote in the interest of D49.

Joshua is a surfer, a former NASCAR driver, a tournament poker player, a husband and father.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (6)

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua Schoonover:

I support immigration based on individual merits, and expansion to immediate family only (spouse and minor children only). No chain immigration! Everyone else, uncles, cousins, etc. should be required to qualify for immigration status based on their own individual merits.


Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua Schoonover:

I think we must enhance and maintain the wall, enforce the law, put the word out the the U.S. is a nation of laws and we will enforce those laws.

I believe the U.S. should deport those who arrive illegally and those who overstay their welcome, because only by enforcing the laws can we create an effective deterrent which will prevent future waves of the same illegal immigration problem.

Then, let's fast-track residency and work authorization for those immigrants who are going to contribute to the needs of our country. We should offer a path to citizenship to those willing to work hard and earn it because people need an incentive to adopt our American culture, pay taxes and abide by the laws. However, the path I am referring to should be an arduous path, maybe 10-15 years of strict compliance with firm rules, such as no felonies, must pay taxes and contribute more than taking, and must assimilate and learn to speak English.

Absolutely no amnesty! Citizenship in our amazing Country is something that should be earned.

Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua Schoonover:

I believe it is unconstitutional for the government to infringe the right of people to keep and bear arms. I cannot support gun control legislation which infringes the 2A. 

I do support amending HIPAA to allow law enforcement agencies to access information about one's mental health for determining whether a purchaser is competent to own a firearm. I don't think those who claim mental disability to receive monetary benefits from the government should also own guns; cannot have it both ways, one is either mentally disabled or not. We need stronger and more effective background checks. I would also support routine background checks and re-verifications (ex: every four years or so) in order to ensure continued safety training and ability to responsibly possess firearms.

I also support legislation which toughens penalties for those who negligently allow others to access their personal firearms, in order to reduce these occurrences. If one chooses to own a gun, that is their right, but by owning the gun the individual must accept responsibility for its handling.

For the record, I own an AR-15 and it has been rendered inoperable due to changes required to maintain compliance with CA laws. I look forward to a legal challenge on the constitutionality of CA "assault weapon" laws, which I believe violate the U.S. Constitution. CA gun laws are intolerable, and I will do everything within the powers of Representative to support the 2A, both in Washington and here in CA.

Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua Schoonover:

I do support free trade because I believe it results in a stronger economy, more competition, and cheaper products for consumers.

NAFTA is in the middle of a renegotiation right now as I write this. I cannot take a position until I see what the renegotiated NAFTA looks like.

With respect to old NAFTA, it sucks and I think the US is getting the short straw on the deal, hence the renegotiation!

Do you support raising the federal gas tax to improve the national transportation infrastructure (for example roads, train tracks, and bridges)? Why or why not?
Answer from Joshua Schoonover:

I support the current Federal gas tax (not the CA increased gas tax) because Congress needs to raise money from somewhere to expand and maintain transportation infrastructure, and the per-gallon tax seems to spread the financial burden fairly to individuals and businesses by amount driven (via gas purchased).

However, I do not support any increase of the Federal gas tax, its high enough, and I oppose any attempt by Congress to grab the resources derived from the Federal gas tax for use with other purposes.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Joshua Schoonover:

I propose to amend Medicare and Medicaid to change "physician" in the law to read as "practitioner", and define in the law that a "practitioner includes physicians and advanced nurses". I think we need to remove restrictions and burdens which prevent nurse practitioners and other advanced nurses from contributing their skills. If successful, this will decrease the costs of healthcare.

I would also like to see health insurance expanded across state lines in order to reduce overhead and make insurance access more affordable.

I support student aid forgiveness to medical professionals who complete programs and serve in government clinics and hospitals. I would like to see an expansion of government clinics employing these medical professionals which provide routine care to low-income families, college students, and minor children an no or low cost.

I think healthcare is best accomplished with a hybrid of government and private hospitals and clinics.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $12,323

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Joshua Schoonover

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (75.05%)
Small contributions (24.95%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Joshua Schoonover believes in (i) Individual Freedom; (ii) Personal Accountability; (iii) Small Government; (iv) Low Taxes; and (v) a Strong Military.

He believes that the government sucks at nearly everything. He believes that D49 has been let down repeatedly, by the former White House Administration and former Representatives in Congress.

He thinks any Candidate backed by the establishment should be automatically disqualified from your consideration because, as Albert Einstein suggested, "insanity is repeating the same thing over again and expecting different results". Don't vote for self-serving political opportunitsts and career politicians. Elect smart! Send a scientist, engineer and patent attorney to Congress.

Joshua will be an outspoken advocate of conservative rights. He will support President Trump, and he's not afraid to say it!

Position Papers

Joint Resolution for Constitutional Amendment Enacting Congressional Term Limits


A Joint Resolution for introducing in Congress (Hosue and Senate) seeking to amend the U.S. Constitution to enact congressional term limits of two in the Senate and three in the House.

Joshua Schoonover figured out how to remove the conflict of interest which has prevented Congress from passing term limits (against themselves).

Videos (5)

— April 30, 2018 Joshua Schoonover for Congress

Joshua Schoonover is a patent attorney and candidate for Congress in California's District 49 (Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point). He has about 10 years of law practice exclusively under Federal subject matter jurisdiction, and studies Federal laws. Joshua is a center-leaning republican, business owner, employer, and husband/father. Joshua will do a great job in Congress, and he appreciates your consideration on election day.

— April 30, 2018 Joshua Schoonover for Congress

Joshua Schoonover is a surfer, and like all surfers he is protective of our ocean and the environment. Joshua is disturbed by what's happening with Mexico dumping toxic waste and sewage in the Tijuana river, its making everyone sick! We cannot hold our breath for Mexico to solve the issue, they apparently don't care! San Diego needs a competent environmentally-conscious Representative in Congress. If elected, one of Josh's top priorities will be to assemble a coalition of government and private sector interests, and raise funding to work toward building proper diversion systems and treatment facilities to address this problem. Also, Joshua opposes offshore drilling.

— April 30, 2018 Joshua Schoonover for Congress

Joshua Schoonover will work to reduce the costs of healthcare, including the cost to access to healthcare insurance and the costs of quality care. To accomplish this, Joshua proposes that we open up healthcare insurance for competition across state lines, and implement a number of changes such as allowing advanced nurses full practice rights. Healthcare is a daunting problem, and the US needs smart people in Congress who are capable and willing to work hard to drive solutions.

— April 30, 2018 Joshua Schoonover for Congress

Joshua Schoonover supports congressional term limits, has identified a solution to remove the conflict of interest from the sitting Congress, and has drafted a joint resolution for a constitutional amendment and published the legislation on his website:

— May 1, 2018 NBC 7 & Joshua Schoonover for Congress

Joshua Schoonover interviews with Gene Cubbison on NBC 7 Politically Speaking. We discussed term limits, offshore drilling, cannabis, illegal immigration, student aid forgiveness for STEM and accounting, and more...

Candidate Contact Info

Campaign Name: Joshua Schoonover for Congress
Phone: 760.472.3633
3656 Ocean Ranch Blvd
Oceanside, CA 92056

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