Jake LaTurner (R-Kan.) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2021, representing Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. He ran for his second term in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in his solidly Republican district.
Prior to being elected to Congress, LaTurner was a member of the Kansas State Senate from 2013–17 and also served as state treasurer. After graduation from Pittsburgh State University in Kansas, he started working for Watco, a short-line rail company.
In February 2022, the day after Russia invaded Ukraine, LaTurner started running an ad advocating for the resumption of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline “would have produced 830,000 barrels of oil per day, more than enough to offset what we import from Russia,” the ad states. Politifact rates the statement “half true.”
After the 2020 presidential election, LaTurner 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 pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, LaTurner and 146 other congressional Republicans objected to certifying Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election..
- LaTurner 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. He defended his position by claiming that “Democrats are choosing to ram through a divisive impeachment while simultaneously mobilizing big tech to silence and demonize conservatives.”
- LaTurner voted against establishing a House committee to investigate what led to the violent assault on the Capitol and disruption of the congressional procedure underway that day. The new congressman accused Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of using the committee for political ends and as a way of keeping the insurrection in the headlines.
- Deflecting any blame on Trump and his allies, LaTurner called on the committee to instead investigate the leadership of the Capitol Police and the National Guard for failures to secure the Capitol building.
The Big Lie
- In a joint statement released prior to the Electoral College certification procedure, LaTurner and the entire Kansas congressional delegation announced: “This action is not taken lightly and comes after extensive study and research…. Kansans deserve to know that all legal, and only legal, votes were counted. We hope our actions begin to restore the confidence of tens of millions of our fellow Americans [who] feel their sacred right to vote is under attack.”
Post-2020 Election Subversion
- In January 2022, LaTurner pushed for Kansas to revise its own election laws separate from efforts at electoral reform led by Democrats at the national level. “We want the ability to make our own election laws at the state level,” he said. “And the federal government should not pass sweeping reforms that put the feds in charge of how we conduct elections in Kansas.”
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