David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) has represented Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017. An attorney from Memphis, he ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in his solidly Republican district.
Prior to becoming a congressman, Kustoff was the state chair of George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns as well as chair of Lamar Alexander’s 2002 Senate campaign. President Bush appointed him as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, a position he held from 2006–08.
After the 2020 presidential election, Kustoff adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the voting process. He 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, Kustoff joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Kustoff 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, stating that doing so “would only further divide us as Americans.”
- Kustoff voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the violent attack.
The Big Lie
- On the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, Kustoff tweeted that he would object to the certification of the 2020 Electoral College results because “election irregularities remain unsolved, including reports of voter fraud, violation of election laws, and the casting of illegal ballots.”
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Kustoff 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 July 2021, Kustoff co-sponsored the House version of the PROTECT Electoral College Act, legislation introduced to “protect the Electoral College process and the authority it commits to state legislatures to set election laws.” The bill also sought to reinforce doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 election in that it “would require a nonpartisan, state-by-state audit of the 2020 election procedures and any constitutional violations that occurred during that election.”
- In explaining his support for the measure, Kustoff claimed that this Republican-sponsored bill would “help restore Americans’ confidence in our free and fair election system. As Democrats are trying to nationalize our elections, the PROTECT Electoral College Act ensures that states can rightfully oversee their elections—not the federal government.”