Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2016 and has represented Ohio’s 8th Congressional District ever since. He is a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus—also known as “a Trump defense team,” as Politico put it—and when he ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s “Complete and Total” endorsement, he won with nearly 65% of the vote. “Trump is beloved in Davidson’s district,” notes the Ohio Press Network, “and the congressman has passionately defended the former president’s challenge of the 2020 election.”
In fact, after the 2020 presidential election, Davidson helped spread the Big Lie, objected to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the insurrection and establishing a special House committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol, among other measures.
During his congressional career, Davidson has had a tendency to make controversial statements for which he has been forced to apologize. In January 2022, after he likened mask and vaccine mandates to practices in Nazi Germany, he later issued an apology to the Jewish community. In September 2016, he called veterans “moochers” and “pretenders” for seeking more assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
January 6, 2021
- On Jan. 5, 2021, Davidson wrote in an op-ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer that he felt “duty-bound to object to electors” the next day and claimed that the proposed H.R. 1 voting rights legislation (the For the People Act) “rigs the electoral system so that fraud becomes difficult to detect or prosecute.”
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Davidson joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- He also voted against impeaching Trump for inciting the insurrection, arguing that it only served a political purpose given the impending inauguration of President Biden.
- Davidson voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
- In June 2021, he also voted against awarding Capitol Police officers Congressional Gold Medals for defending the building and protecting members of Congress during the violent attack on Jan. 6.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 6 and Dec. 1, 2020, Davidson signed letters from a group of House Republicans to Attorney General Bill Barr urging the Justice Department to investigate irregularities and accusations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
- In refusing to certify the 2020 Electoral College results in six states (Arizona, Georgie, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), Davidson cited voting irregularities that he called “awfully suspicious,” such as election officials covering windows with poster board and poll watchers and vote-counting observers who he claims were illegally kicked out of polling places.
Top contributors for the 2020 election cycle.
The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families.
|House Freedom Fund||$10,600.00||$10,000.00||$600.00|
|American Bankers Assn||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|American Institute of CPAs||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|Majority Cmte PAC||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|Mortgage Bankers Assn||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|National Assn of Realtors||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|National Auto Dealers Assn||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|