Hometown: Kansas City, Kan.
Occupation: Runs national advocacy organization for part-time and temporary employees.
Education: Bachelor's degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
Abortion: Pro-life. "I respect the sanctity of human life."
Balanced budget: "Balance the budget fairly while protecting important programs like Social Security and Medicare." Leaning against a constitutional amendment.
Taxes: Favors tax deductions for small business owners, independent contractors and those who pay their own health insurance.