Michael Guest (R-Miss.) is an attorney who has served Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019. He ran for his third term in 2022 and after winning in a tough GOP primary race, and won his predominantly Republican district.
During his two terms in Congress, Guest says that he has “focused on defending conservative principles and ideals from progressive activism,” including standing “against the #DefundThePolice Movement, pro-abortion groups, Socialistic policies, and other progressive agenda items.” He is a member of the ultra-conservative Republican Study Committee and the Pro-Life Caucus and has earned top approval ratings from Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and the Family Research Council for his anti-abortion stance, the National Rifle Association for his strong defense of gun ownership, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses for his support of pro-growth policies. Prior to running for Congress, he served as an assistant district attorney and later as the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties.
After the 2020 presidential election, Guest voted against certifying President Biden’s Electoral College win, impeaching Trump for inciting the mob, and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
In December 2020, Guest co-sponsored a bill to restrict access to absentee voting and in 2021 he voted against H.R. 1, the voter protection legislation known as the For the People Act, saying that it “should be seen as nothing less than a federal takeover of elections. This bill would undermine the integrity of our elections by codifying many of the voting changes implemented during the pandemic.”
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Guest joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election. “Throughout this election process, many concerns have been raised regarding the legitimacy of our elections,” Guest wrote in a prepared statement. “We, as a nation, must commit ourselves to addressing these concerns to ensure that the legitimacy of future elections is secured and that faith is restored to our electoral process.”
- On Jan. 13, 2021, Guest opposed impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol and the congressional proceeding and fanning the flames once the violence began. “As we begin preparing for a transfer of power from one administration to another,” he said, “I believe it is vitally important to allow our nation to heal, and I believe these actions that are being pushed on the House floor would prevent our nation from beginning the healing process.”
- In May 2021, Guest was one of 35 other House Republicans to join all Democrats in voting for a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol, saying that the country “needs answers to questions surrounding the events of Jan. 6.” Though the idea of establishing a bipartisan commission failed in the Senate, Guest took heat for his vote from a far-right primary challenger who accused him of betraying the MAGA movement.
- A month later, in June 2021, Guest voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack. “I am firmly opposing Speaker Pelosi’s Select Committee to ‘investigate’ the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th,” he announced in a prepared statement. The committee is “set up to operate more like the partisan impeachment process than a real investigation, and it will only be used to attack the political opponents of the Democratic Party.”
The Big Lie
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Guest 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 February 2021, Guest said in an interview that he didn’t vote against certifying the results from Arizona and Pennsylvania because he feared fraud, but because: “I believe that the will of the legislature was violated by the court system and, in Pennsylvania, by the secretary of state. I felt like the will of the people in those states… [was] not followed and so those were the rationales that I took in voting against certifying both of those states.”
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