Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn.) has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019, representing Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District. In 2022, he ran unopposed for reelection with Trump’s blessing.
Prior to joining Congress, Reschenthaler served as a Pennsylvania state senator from 2015–19. After volunteering for the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps, he served in Iraq as a Navy prosecutor. He graduated from law school at Duquesne University and practiced law before being elected a magisterial district judge in 2013.
When he first ran for Congress in 2018 and for state office several years earlier, Reschenthaler faced questions about his relationship with former Trump administration official Carl Higbie, who was forced to resign for repeatedly making racist, homophobic, and xenophobic statements. For instance, in his 2012 book, Battle on the Home Front: A Navy SEAL’s Mission to Save the American Dream, Higbie wrote that Hurricane Katrina survivors are “human parasites,” that “widespread acceptance” of LGBT people “is wrong,” and that it’s his “right to be suspicious” of anyone wearing a turban. Reschenthaler wrote the foreword to that book and in 2013, he co-hosted a conservative podcast with Higbie called The Sound of Freedom.
After the 2020 presidential election, Reschenthaler adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s win and making claims of fraud unfounded by facts. He objected to certifying the Electoral College results 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, Reschenthaler joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the presidential election.
- Months later he maintained that his vote against certifying the Electoral College rsults did not do anything to embolden or legitimize the rioters who attacked Capitol Police and disrupted the congressional proceedings underway that day. In the same interview, he repeatedly refused to say that he believes President Biden was legitimately elected and instead coyly rebuffed the question by saying that voters should “worry” that he is the president.
- Reschenthaler objected to impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the insurrection, stating, “At a time when our nation is still healing, we must seek out the issues that unite us rather than those that further divide us.”
- Reschenthaler voted agains establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the violent assault on the Capitol and congressional members and staffers at work inside.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 11, 2020, Reschenthaler tweeted: “Voter fraud occurred in the 2020 election and it’s our duty to bring it to light. If we don’t take this to the courts and hold the guilty parties responsible, we are going to severely hurt the integrity of all future elections in this country.”
- Reschenthaler called his vote against certifying the 2020 Electoral College results purely “symbolic” because he knew it would not affect the end result.
- On Nov. 6 and Dec. 1, 2020, Reschenthaler signed letters to then Attorney General Bill Barr asking the Justice Department to investigate the presidential election results based on “widespread reports of irregularities” in ballot counts.
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Reschenthaler 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.