Troy Nehls (R-Texas) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2021, serving Texas’s 22nd Congressional District. In 2022, he ran for his second term with Trump’s endorsement and won in his solidly Republican district.
Prior to running for Congress, Nehls was twice elected to serve as sheriff of Fort Bend County, Texas, a position he held from 2013–21. Before becoming sheriff, he was a police officer, but was terminated once the chief of the Richmond [Texas] Police Department held him accountable for more than two dozen violations, including improper destruction of evidence, charging unauthorized expenses to the department, and moonlighting on a second job without approval. Nehls is also an Army veteran who served for 21 years, completed combat tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, and reached the rank of major.
After the 2020 presidential election, the junior congressman adhered to the GOP playbook by spreading the Big Lie, objecting to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, and voting 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, Nehls joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Nehls opposed impeaching Trump for his role instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol Police, calling the process “rushed,” and saying that it “pre-empts any semblance of a proper inquiry into what occurred on January 6th, and throws fuel on the fire of division at a time our country so desperately needs unity and healing.”
- Despite previously citing the need for a “proper inquiry,” Nehls voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the violent assault on the Capitol and disruption of the congressional procedure underway that day.
- On the one-year anniversary of the insurrection, Nehls released a statement placing all the blame for the events of that day on Democrats. “[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi had every chance to impartially investigate the security failures of the day, but she didn’t,” he wrote. “Instead, she used the hyper-partisan January 6th commission as a weapon against President Trump and chose to take no responsibility for her failures to protect the Capitol grounds.”
- Nehls totally dismissed the seriousness of the attack, stating on Jan. 8, 2022: “There hasn’t been one person charged with insurrection” and claiming that “there are swamp creatures [on the Hill who] don’t like Donald Trump. They do not want [him] to come back in 2024, and that’s what this is all about.”
The Big Lie
- In challenging the Electoral College results for Arizona and Pennsylvania, Nehls claimed that “Democrats knew this election wasn’t secure,” and blamed “last-minute changes in election laws and an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots” for undermining the process.
- On Dec. 15, 2020, Miller and 25 other House members-elect signed a letter calling on Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) to investigate presidential election irregularities.