Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2021, representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. She had never served in public office, but previously worked as an executive at American Express and Heinz. McClain ran for reelection in 2022—this time in the solidly Republican 9th District—with Trump’s endorsement and won.
After the 2020 presidential election, McClain adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the process. She 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.
In April 2021, McClain criticized Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who is Black, for urging protestors responding to the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 murder of George Floyd to “get more confrontational.” McClain said that if a Republican had used the same aggressive rhetoric, the House majority “would move to strip that representative of their committees and possibly move to expel them from Congress.” In response, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Waters for speaking about “confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement” and called on McClain to apologize for calling her out.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, xxx joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election
- McClain voted against impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the mob that disrupted congressional certification of the presidential election. In a prepared statement, she wrote: “I believe that calls for impeachment are about a vendetta against President Trump, and not in the best interests of the American voter.”
- McClain 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 Big Lie
- On Dec. 15, 2020, McClain signed a letter with 25 other House members-elect calling on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to investigate election irregularities.
- In justifying her vote against certifying the 2020 Electoral College results, McClain said, “The American people need to have confidence in our democratic elections and the rule of law.”
- In a tweet on Jan. 6, 2021, McClain added that she had “heard from thousands of residents of Michigan’s 10th district” from “across the political spectrum” voicing doubts about the validity of the 2020 election.
- On Jan. 7, 2021, McClain called on state and local officials to fix “deep flaws” in the election process. When pressed for more details, her office pointed to Texas and Florida—states that Trump won in 2020—as examples of states where elections were handled smoothly and raised no concerns about flaws and irregularities.
Post-2020 Election Subversion
- In January 2022, McClain signed the Secure MI Vote Petition, explaining that “Michiganders must have faith in our elections and this petition will strengthen trust in our elections for years to come.” According to the Michigan Democratic Party, the petition calls for voter suppression policies that make it more difficult for registered voters to securely verify their identity, limit access to absentee ballots, and ban charitable contributions for administering elections, among other provisions.
- Despite her professed concerns about election integrity and adherence to the Constitution, in September 2022 McClain joined all but nine House Republicans in voting against the Presidential Election Reform Act meant to ensure the validity of the Electoral College counts along with the peaceful transition of power from one presidential administration to the next.
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