Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017, representing Texas’ 19th Congressional District. He won his third term in 2022 with 81% of the vote.
Arrington ran for Congress on a strident anti-immigration platform and was an avid supporter of Trump’s border wall proposal—even calling for the declaration of a national emergency to allocate funding for its construction. He also backed Trump’s Muslim travel ban, applauding “our commander-in-chief [for putting] the safety of Americans first.”
Prior to being elected to Congress, Arrington held a variety of positions in the federal government, including working for the White House, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding. He also worked at his alma mater, Texas Tech University, and Scott Laboratories, a healthcare company in Lubbock, Texas.
After the 2020 presidential election, Arrington adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob attack on the Capitol and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Arrington joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election. Although he had announced his plans to do so in advance, he said that he did not feel any personal responsibility for the attack on the Capitol that day.
- Arrington voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol, and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. In a statement, he said: “The President didn’t incite a riot. The President didn’t lead an insurrection. And there are no ‘high crimes or misdemeanors’ requisite of impeachment. I’m not saying the President didn’t exercise poor judgment, but to criminalize political speech by blaming lawless acts on the President’s rhetoric is wrong.”
- Arrington voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the violent assault on the Capitol and congressional members and staffers at work inside.
The Big Lie
- In December 2020, Arrington expressed concern over claims of election fraud, tweeting: “Given the widespread and unprecedented changes to election laws, voting irregularities, and allegations of fraud, it is important for all claims to be examined and resolved by the courts before declaring a winner.”
- On Nov. 6 and Dec. 1, 2020, Arrington signed letters to then Attorney General Bill Barr urging the Justice Department to investigate irregularities and accusations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
- On Dec. 10, 2020, he signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- In August 2021, Arrington joined an amicus brief opposing the Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging the racially discriminatory provisions in Georgia’s voting law. The Georgia law made it illegal to start counting votes until polls close. The New York Times pointed out that this provision means “the process of tabulating and reporting vote totals is likely to be lengthy for high-turnout contests. That could lead future candidates to follow Mr. Trump’s lead in trying to contest the results of a legitimate election.”
- Arrington co-sponsored the Save Democracy Act of 2021, which was written to place severe restrictions on voter registration, mail-in ballots, and the ability of states to set their own vote tabulation rules.
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