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Jonathan Walker Emord

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Office Sought: US Senate


Party Affiliation: Republican



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Campaign Email: jemord@emord.com

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Biography: Jonathan Emord is a constitutional litigator, author of legislation, and columnist for Townhall.com, PJ Media.com, and USA Today Magazine. He has practiced constitutional and administrative law before the federal courts and agencies for the past 38 years, defeating Food and Drug Administration censorship of vital health information a record 8 times on constitutional grounds. His court victories created the qualified health claims regime at FDA where the agency is required to favor disclosure over suppression of health information and ended blanket FDA censorship of certain dietary supplement health claims: among them claims that folic acid supplements reduced the risk of neural tube defect births (spina bifida and anencephaly); that omega-3 fatty acids reduced the risk of coronary heart disease; and that selenium reduced the risk of certain kinds of cancer. Those victories have saved countless lives, including the lives of babies by reducing the incidence of neural tube defects and NTD related abortions. Nicknamed the “FDA Dragon Slayer,” Emord is rated AV (highest in legal ability and ethics) by the Martingale Hubbell law rating organization. He is the author of 7 critically acclaimed books on law and government, among them Freedom, Technology, and the First Amendment; Global Censorship of Health Information; The Rise of Tyranny; Restore the Republic; and The Authoritarians. He is the author of federal legislation introduced by Congressman Ron Paul, such as the Access to Medical Treatment Act and the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act. He testified before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee in defense of Zachary McConnell, an 8 year old boy with a glioblastoma multiform, who succumbed to the cancer after FDA compelled him to cease treatment with an experimental drug, antineoplastons, that had reduced the size of the boy’s brain tumor. He successfully represented Matt Strickland and Gourmeltz against the Virginia ABC Board for enforcing Governor Ralph Northam’s COVID mandates, resulting in a return of seized alcohol products, a restoration of Strickland’s ABC license, and an agreement not to prosecute. Emord is also the author of draft legislation provided to the Attorney General that would amend Virginia law to enable the Virginia Attorney General to prosecute sex trafficking cases. Emord represents two families whose daughters were sex trafficked in the Fairfax County public schools.


Why you? A veteran constitutional litigator with a long string of victories over the federal bureaucracy, Jonathan Emord is the ideal candidate to defeat Tim Kaine, check the abuses of the federal bureaucracy, and restore constitutional limits on government power. Three quarters of all federal law is now made not by those we elect but by the unelected heads of over 250 different agencies, bureaus, and departments. Emord is uniquely qualified to draft legislation that can check the federal bureaucracy and dramatically reduce its size, scope, and unconstitutional powers. He authored and will reintroduce the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act for Ron Paul, which would prohibit an agency from giving proposed regulations any legal force or effect unless passed into law by Congress. It would also cause all existing regulations to be sensetted (terminated) within three years unless passed into law by Congress. Jonathan will introduce legislation to protect border security; repeal the climate change agenda; eliminate regulatory impediments to restoration of energy independence; enforce the Equal Protection Clause and the Civil Rights Act against, and remove funding for, schools and military departments responsible for implementing racist critical race theory. He will introduce legislation to pre-empt state and local laws that violate the Second Amendment and to establish nationwide constitutional carry. He will introduce legislation to make it a federal felony to aid or cause the transitioning of anyone under the age of 18. He will introduce an amendment to Title IX that will require every institution that receives federal funds to ensure the safety of girls and women by denying biological males access to girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports. He will introduce legislation that will grant amnesty and immediate release to all J-6ers except those for whom direct evidence exists of an assault on police or destruction of government property. He will introduce legislation that will prohibit the imposition of federal vaccine and mask mandates and require those institutions that receive federal funds, such as the U.S. military, hospitals, fire departments, and police departments, to offer re-employment to those fired or retired under duress and to provide them back pay and raises and promotions otherwise due.


What are your priorities? (1) Secure the borders; (2) end inflation by repealing the climate change agenda and eliminating regulatory impediments to re-establishing U.S. energy independence; (3) end woke indoctrination in the schools and military (stopping critical race theory indoctrination; gender fluidity instruction, and allowance of biological males to enter girls and women’s bathrooms, locker rooms and sports); (4) enact a flat tax in which individual income is exempt from taxation unless an individual earns $100,000 or more a year and then taxed at a flat rate of 10%; (5) reduce the corporate income tax to 15%; (6) re-introduce an updated version of the Congressional Responsibility and Accountability Act that I wrote for Congressman Ron Paul that will prevent any regulation from having any legal force or effect unless passed into law by Congress; (7) eliminate the administrative law courts in favor of Article III courts; (8) prohibit COVID vaccine and mask mandates and require all institutions receiving federal funds that caused the loss of employment or early retirement of individuals who refused to take the COVID vaccine to rehire those individuals, give them their back pay, and give them the raises they would otherwise be due; (9) pre-empt all local and state laws that violate the Second Amendment and provide instead for nationwide constitutional carry; and (10) ensure that America’s military is second to none.


Endorsements: Ron Paul; Barry Goldwater, Jr.; Dan Burton; former Assistant Attorney General Joe Morris; Stand for Health Freedom; Dr. Robert Malone; Drain the Swamp PAC; former Reagan administration official Bill Russell.

B.A. (Political Science and History), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1982)
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (1985)

Relevant Employment History:  
1985-Attorney, FM Branch, Mass Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (Reagan Administration)
1986-2024-Constitutional and Administrative Law Attorney
–Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University, Department of Biochemistry, Course in Nutrition
–Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University Law Center, Alternative, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine Legal Issues Course

Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge: None.

Past Offices Held and Tenure: None.


Community Service:
Member, First Amendment Task Force of the Center for Applied Jurisprudence
Board Member, Board for the Certification of Nutrition Specialists
Pro Bono Legal Assistance


Leadership Experience:
Served as lead counsel in the following cases against federal government censorship and restrictions on access to life saving and life enhancing substances:

Pearson v. Shalala, 164 F.3d 650 (D.C. Cir. 1999), rehearing den., 172 F.3d 72 (D.C. Cir. 1999) (“Pearson I”)

Pearson v. Shalala, 130 F. Supp. 2d 105 (D.D.C. 2001) (“Pearson II”)

Pearson v. Thompson, 141 F. Supp. 2d 105 (D.D.C. 2001) (“Pearson III”)

Whitaker v. Thompson, No. 00-0123-PLF, Dkt. No. 28 (D.D.C. April 2, 2001)

Whitaker v. Thompson, 248 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. 2002) (“Whitaker I”)

Nutraceutical Corp. v. Crawford, 364 F. Supp. 2d 1310 (D. Utah 2005), reversed, 459 F.3d 1033 (10th Cir. 2006)

Alliance for Natural Health v. Sebelius, 714F. Supp. 2d 48 (D.D.C. May 27, 2010) (“ANH I”)

Alliance for Natural Health v. Sebelius, 786 F.Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. Apr. 13, 2011) (“ANH II”)

Center for Science in the Public Interest, et al. v. Food and Drug Administration, No. 1:03-cv-01962-RBW (D.D.C. Sep. 17, 2004)

In re Novelty Distributors, DEA Docket No. 08-33 (May 21, 2008)

In re ECM BioFilms, Inc. d/b/a Enviroplastics International, FTC Dkt. 9358 (2013-2017)

Personal Strengths: honesty, integrity, faith, conviction, compassion, dedication, loyalty

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? 
My entire adult life I have studied the ideological origins and intended meaning of the Constitution and have defended the Constitution and the founding principles in the federal courts and agencies. I will do everything in my power to ensure the survival and success of liberty for all future generations of Americans.

How would your friends and family describe you? Loyal, intelligent, articulate, honest, a lover of liberty, a student of constitutional law and history, a patriot.

What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? The Constitution of the United States is the greatest defense of individual liberty in the history of the world. Never before its adoption and never since has a charter of government so effectively implemented the self-evident truths articulated in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.


What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Freedom of religion is a bulwark of liberty. The Founding Fathers virtue to be an essential underpinning of self-government. They never meant for the free exercise and establishment clauses of the First Amendment to be in conflict. They never intended to rid religion from the public square.


What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? To avoid mistakes of the past, we must preserve an accurate history of the United States. The 1619 Project is an example of propagandistic perversion of accurate history and should be universally rejected.


What are your thought on government transparency? The Founding Fathers intended for government to be accountable to the people and for the people, not those who govern, to be sovereign. To ensure full accountability, government must be transparent such that voters may critically examine government actors and measures, so they may exercise the franchise fully informed. 


What are your thoughts on national defense? America must be second to none militarily. We must invest the resources necessary to end the 65,000 person recruiting shortfalls in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; ensure delivery of sufficient nuclear powered attack submarines, ballistic missile submarines, aircraft carriers, B-21 bombers, and improvements in the triad nuclear defenses of the nation such that we will dissuade any attack upon our interests worldwide.


What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? There is no greater engine to support individual liberty, freedom of choice, entrepreneurship, and innovation than the free enterprise system.


What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? Dobbs got it right. The Constitution grants the federal government no power over abortion, and there is no constitutional right to abortion. Rather, the founding fathers left the issue of abortion to the states to decide. As a citizen of Virginia, I am pro-life, believe life begins at conception, and oppose state legislation and constitutional amendment that enables abortion up to and including birth (infanticide). Current state law dissolves women by imposing regulatory barriers to adoption, encouraging women to think abortion or child rearing a binary choice when in fact adoption should be a ubiquitous third option in every medical facility and office. Moreover, women should be truthfully informed of the dangers associated with abortion and the abortion pill, including physical and psychological injuries that may result in sterility and lifelong regrets arising from the taking of innocent life.


What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America? The raising of children in households where men and women are righteous, faithful, and principled is indispensable to the survival of the American republic.


What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? Equal outcomes, or equity, provides those who did not earn their keep the wealth earned by others, thus disincentivizing the productive and leading them eventually to not produce. The effect of equity is to destroy excellence, innovation, and free enterprise. By contrast, the effect of equal justice under law is to foster meritocracy.


What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? The Second Amendment protects the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. I favor federal legislation to provide constitutional carry nationwide by pre-empting all local, state, and national laws that interfere with the right of law abiding citizens to be armed.


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