We the People
Bill Russell
“A staunch conservative, a true American patriot, and he (Bill Russell) deserves your support. If there were ever a time for the grass-roots to come together and help an underdog Republican candidate make a difference, this is it.”
– Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin on Bill Russell.

Lt. Colonel Bill Russell (USAR ret.) is running for Congress to rally support for America’s fighting men and women, while offering a pro-family, smaller government voice for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. Bill’s campaign is a call to patriotism and conservative action.

Military Heritage

The son of a career military officer, Bill Russell’s “home” addresses spanned some eleven states and seven countries, before settling his own family in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. A fifth generation soldier, he began his military career as an Enlisted man, attended West Point, graduated from Louisiana State University, and earned his commission through Officer Candidate’s School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Surviving 9-11

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Bill and his wife Kasia, pregnant with their second child, were at work at The Pentagon during the terrorist attack. After confirming Kasia’s safety, he joined hundreds of survivors in an unprecedented rescue and recovery operation. Their son was born three months after the attack, becoming the youngest Pentagon survivor of 9-11.

Running for Congress

From making tens of thousands of phone calls to secure his position on the November ballot, to raising hundreds of thousands dollars in small contributions, the campaign has moved far beyond any single candidate, to become a national movement for change in the 12th Congressional District.

“I Am a Conservative”

I am a conservative. I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception. I believe in marriage between one man and one woman. I believe our children should always be loved, sometimes disciplined, educated in English, and taught the civic duties and responsibilities of citizenship and patriotism. I believe that we have the responsibility and obligation to control our borders and determine who is allowed to live and work in our country. I believe in private property rights and that the death tax should be killed. I believe government economic policies should reward those who build business or save and invest their money. I believe in the right to bear arms and the right of self defense. I believe in rugged individualism and that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe. I believe we should all practice charity in some form or fashion, especially to those who are suffering and least fortunate. But charity must be voluntary and spring from a spirit of altruism and love for your neighbor. I believe that imposed systems of wealth redistribution destroy families, produce a culture of dependence and hurt everyone. Finally, I believe there is room to acknowledge the role of our Creator in public life as stated in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.


Family Security

Bill Russell is committed to advancing the pro-life, family-security agenda in Congress. More than lip-service, he’s pledged to make the defense of families and innocent unborn life a hallmark of his public service.

Here’s where Bill stands on key family policy issues:

  • Supports a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution recognizing the personhood of unborn children, and extending legal protection to all innocent life.
  • Supports gunowner freedoms clearly enumerated by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. He opposes any effort to strip or redefine these rights by courts and legislatures.
  • Supports a Federal Marriage Protection Amendment preventing activist judges from repealing the definition of marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.”
  • Opposes human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, while fully supporting research on adult stem cell lines.
  • Supports the appointment of judges who strictly interpret the Constitution, not legislate from the bench.
  • Supports giving parents the fullest range of educational choices, including homeschools and private schools, without financial or regulatory penalty.
  • Supports restoring control of education to the local level.

For the first time in decades, the people of the 12th Congressional District will have a strong, outspoken voice for life and family in Bill Russell.

National Security

Bill Russell’s life has been dedicated to keeping America safe. He believes true national security rests with engaged citizens, responsible elected leaders and a robust military. Bill supports the Reagan Doctrine of “Peace through Strength,” believing America should always remain alert and vigilant.

As a 9-11 Pentagon survivor and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Bill understands the sacred obligation civilian leaders owe to military personnel and their families. He’ll always honor their service and sacrifice.

Beyond a strong defense, Bill believes our national security policies must include an aggressive plan for energy independence, and the confrontation of radical, violent jihad.

Here’s where Bill stands on key national security issues:

  • Supports the ongoing winning of the War on Terror and radical jihad.
  • Supports tough border enforcement measures, and the prosecution of employers who hire illegal immigrants.
  • Supports energy independence through expanded domestic oil exploration and production, and the development of alternative energy sources.
  • Supports continued research, development and deployment of effective military technology to keep America safe.
  • Supports ensuring that our troops have the equipment and support they need to do the job they are ordered to do.
  • Supports full funding for veteran’s benefits and continued reform and improvement of military hospitals.
  • Supports making English the official language of the United States.
  • Supports American sovereignty. He opposes weakening America’s ability to protect her interests in either domestic or foreign policy.

Bill Russell believes that it’s time for America’s elected leaders to truly honor the service and sacrifice of America’s fighting men and women.

Economic Security

For decades, local politicians in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District have depended on Washington’s generosity alone for economic growth. As a result, instead of exporting coal and steel, southwestern Pennsylvania now exports its children.

Bill Russell believes the true reason for the 12th District’s downward spiral is rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of the following key principles:

  • So-called “economic development” rarely succeeds when it is engineered by Washington or Harrisburg politicians.
  • Delivering jobs by addition instead of multiplication is the obvious result of targeted economic policies that benefit the few, not the many.
  • Opposition to tax reductions, spending cuts and legal reform is the major reason Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector continues to evaporate.

Here’s where Bill stands on key economic security issues:

  • Opposes the proposed tax hike on gas purchases supported by House Democrats. The so-called “Windfall Profits Tax” would result in an increase in cost and reduction of supply of fuel at the pump.
  • Supports a permanent ban on earmarks, ending a culture of waste and unaccountable spending. The reform would require that all taxpayer spending be subject to the committee process and a vote on the House floor. All spending should be on the books and on the public record.
  • Supports the elimination of wasteful subsidies for corporations and private businesses, and the review and elimination of unproven government programs.
  • Supports the 3/5ths “Supermajority” requirement to prevent unnecessary tax hikes.
  • Supports a major overhaul of the tax system with the creation of a simpler, fairer, flatter option for taxpayers.
  • Supports giving families more control and options in health care, including Health Savings Accounts, interstate health insurance availability, insurance portability, and financial support for in-home care for seniors.
  • Supports eliminating the death tax.
  • Supports the development of coal-to-liquid technology to bring real industry back to southwestern Pennsylvania.

Bill Russell isn’t running for Congress to win the naming rights to your neighborhood “economic development park” or public library. He’s running to give the people of the 12th Congressional District a fighting chance in the global economy. Lower taxes, a more accountable government and real reductions in spending – that’s his formula for real job creation.