Charles Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, representing Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. He ran for his seventh term in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement, and won in his heavily Republican district.
Prior to joining Congress, Fleischmann worked as an attorney, running the independent law firm Fleischmann and Fleischmann in Tennessee, and serving as a former president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and former chair of the Chattanooga Lawyers Pro Bono Committee.
Like other members of Congress, Fleischmann has faced allegations of attempting to profit from investments made in conjunction with legislation he was spearheading. In 2016, when he sat on the appropriations committee and then-Vice President Biden was advocating for his “cancer moonshot” proposal, a Fleischmann family account invested in two companies, Juno Therapeutics and Celgene, that were developing new cancer drugs.
After the 2020 presidential election, Fleischmann helped spread the Big Lie, objected to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Fleischmann joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Fleischmann opposed impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol and then fanning the flames as the riot was underway. In a public statement, he argued that the then-president “has seven days left in his term, and he has committed to a peaceful transition of power. All this impeachment process does is further hurt and divide our nation when we need to be working to heal these wounds.”
- Fleischmann voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
The Big Lie
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Fleischmann 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 justifying his refusal to certify the Electoral College results on Jan. 6, 2021, Fleischmann wrote in a public statement: “While it has been largely ignored by the media, there are a large number of Americans who do not have faith in the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, including many of my own constituents….”
- He continued to spread doubts about the validity of the 2020 election six months after ballots were cast, stating in May 2021: “We had a fundamentally flawed process in many states. I fervently believe that. I’m going to work for election integrity.”
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