ALIPAC Endorsed Candidate for Congress

ALIPAC's 2010 Candidate Survey

Name of Candidate: Larry Andre

Name of Campaign Committee: Larry Andre for Congress

Mailing Address: PO Box 544, La Mirada, CA 90637

Phone Contact Information: 562 773-8324

Campaign E-mail and website:

State and District: CA 39 House

Political Party:Rep

Is the candidate (Incumbent, Challenger, Open Seat): Challenger

Incumbents only: What is your career grade at ?

Campaign Funds Raised as of most recent reporting cycle: 36000

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Candidate Background Information
Larry Steven Andre is an educator, business owner and California licensed Masonry and Landscape Contractor, and a candidate for the 39th Congressional district (which includes Whittier, La Mirada, Cerritos, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, parts of Long Beach, Lynwood, South Gate and portions of Los Angeles County), where he has lived for 35 years.

Larry's story reflects an ongoing commitment to service, integrity and the community in which he has spent virtually his entire life - from solid principles passed along from a family with values, to hard work and education as not just the means to achieve personally, but as a vehicle to help people.

Born at the height of the baby boom, Larry Andre was born to Willard and Lillian Andre in Long Beach, California on October 4, 1954, the third born of four sons. Larry's father, Willard E. Andre, was employed by the Southern California Gas Company until he retired, when he began his second career at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Willard Andre is of French Huguenot heritage, Cherokee Indian, and is related to the Livingston family, who had a member sign the Declaration of Independence, and another member sign the Constitution. Larry's mother, Lillian T. Andre, was a self-employed salesperson.

In Larry Andre's early years, he attended Helen Keller Elementary School in Long Beach Unified School District. During the housing boom of the 1960s, the Andre family moved to Cypress in Western Orange County, California. After graduating from Los Alamitos High School in 1972 and Cypress College in 1974 with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration, Andre was awarded a Bachelor's Degree from Calvary Chapel Bible College in 1999.

Larry Andre worked on one of the last dairies in Cypress. His first experience being self-employed was to open a fertilizer stand selling cow manure that he had composted and bagged for sale. Then, during a time when Cypress was a new community with no fencing in between homes , Larry began part time work for Vanderwal Masonry, where he learned the trade of a mason. In 1975, Larry Andre moved to Lakewood, approximately ¾ of a mile north of his childhood residence.

In July 1982, as a licensed California contractor, Larry started Andre Grout Bag, later known as Masonry & Tile Tool, a manufacturer of grout bags and plastic grout stop. Then, in 1998, he formed American Short Load Concrete, which he owned and operated. He acted in the capacity of "Industry Expert" and expert witness for the Contractors State License Board for several years, where he investigated potential workmanship defects in construction projects, wrote reports and testified, if necessary, on their behalf.

In addition, Larry Andre is an adjunct instructor of Horticulture at Long Beach City College, teaching landscape construction, and he is currently on furlough due to budget constraints.

Andre also served as a lay pastor at a Calvary Chapel Church, and currently attends Calvary Chapel in Downey. For several years, he also volunteered for Rancho Sordo Mudo Deaf School in Ensenada, Baja California, where he constructed and maintained buildings at the school.

Larry Andre also studied ceramics under Michael Frimkess (, who taught him a method for throwing pots that uses extremely hard clay and no water in the throwing process, resulting in pots with very thin walls and the ability to throw very large pots. Larry remains very actively interested in ceramics to this day.

During 2010, Larry will celebrate his 20th Wedding Anniversary with his lovely wife Denise whom he married in 1990, and he is the proud father of four daughters, Ginger Andre Dolle, Lauren Andre Andrews, Jacqueline Andre Williams and Hannah Andre.

Top Campaign Issues: Jobs, spending, growth of government, education, immigration, national defense, health insurance, Social Security

Are the issues of illegal immigration and Amnesty addressed on your
campaign website? If so, please provide us with a link.

Education, Awards & Honors:
BA Calvary Chapel Bible College, AA Cypress College, California Contractors License, California Teaching Credential Single Subject, Lifetime achievement award for 40 plus years in the construction business.

District Information

Please give a brief description of your district:

A large "U" shaped district that includes upper middle class Whittier, La Mirada, Cerritos, Lakewood, and couples it with the poorer cities of Hawaiian Gardens, a small section of North Long Beach, Paramount, South Gate and Lynwood. In the cities of North Long Beach, Hawaiian Gardens, Paramount, South Gate and Lynwood the unemployment rate is many percentage points higher than the average for CA. These are the same areas with high Hispanic populations. The District is 62% Hispanic mostly Roman Catholic, family orientated, white is next and then a mix of other ethnic groups. Overall the District is blue collar, with a lower wage than CA state average. The District is gerrymandered and the eastern half has little in common with the western half. The eastern half is where the majority of votes will produce the majority of the votes. The western half is primarily Democrat and will produce votes for the incumbent. The District is in SE Los Angeles County and the eastern half of the district was the western half of Congressman Ed Royce's District. The District voted for GW Bush then for Kerry and Obama. The past two election cycles the Republicans running were only names on the ballot and did not spend any money, they were there only for name recognition. This gives the impression the District is firmly Democrat.

Percentage of Democrat, Republican, and Unaffiliated Voters:
48.3% Democrat
27% Republican
23% Decline to State
Balance Other

Survey Questions

(Please describe your feelings on the following with a number 1-10 or with
the response Undecided (1=Strongly Disagree, 2-4=Disagree, 5=Neutral, 6-9 Agree, 10=Strongly Agree)

I support Arizona's new immigration law SB 1070? (1-10) 10

As a member of Congress I will use the full power of my office, including impeachment if necessary, to ensure the Executive Branch starts to enforce our existing border and immigration laws? (1-10) 10

Illegal Immigrants should be deported when detected in the interior of the
US? (1-10) 10

I will oppose any form of Amnesty or path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the US because allowing them to become voters would destroy future immigration enforcement efforts? (1-10) 10

I support Comprehensive Immigration ENFORCEMENT which will reverse illegal immigration in America? (1-10) 10

I oppose Obama's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty. (1-10) 10

I oppose Congressman Luis Gutierrez's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty bill H.R. 4321? (1-10) 10

I would have opposed John McCain and Ted Kennedy's Amnesty bill S. 1033 in 2005? (1-10) 10

I oppose any non-emergency taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens, including welfare, food stamps, licenses, and in-state tuition subsidies? (1-10) 10

I believe that employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens should be heavily fined. (1-10) 10


If elected or re-elected to the US Congress, I will oppose any form of Amnesty or path to citizenship for illegal aliens, including Comprehensive Immigration Reform which would turn millions of illegal immigrants into voters thus destroying future borders of America. I will use the full power of my office, including impeachment if necessary, to insure the Executive Branch secures America's border immediately and begins to adequately enforce the existing immigration and border laws of the United States, which were enacted by Congress at the behest of America's citizenry. I understand that the failure of the Executive Branch to secure our borders and enforce existing immigration laws is depriving all Americans of a Republican form of government and depriving our states of protection from invasion as mandated by the US Constitution. I intend to use the power of Congress to immediately remedy this problem that is costing many Americans their jobs, wages, taxpayer resources, property, security, and sometimes their very lives.

So help me God,

Larry Andre

ALIPAC Endorsed Candidate for Congress