David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) has represented Arizona’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. He won reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement—now in the 1st district—but with only 50.4% of the vote in a tight race.
Previously, Schweikert served as treasurer of Maricopa County from 2004–06, chair of the Arizona State Board of Equalization, where he served from 1995–2003, and as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 1991–95.
In July 2020, Schweikert was reprimanded after a unanimous vote of the House of Representatives for breaking congressional and campaign finance rules. According to House investigators, “over a seven year period, Schweikert failed to disclose, or falsely disclosed, $305,000 in loans or loan repayments and failed to report more than $140,000 in campaign contributions.” In February 2022, the Federal Election Commission fined his campaign $125,000 for “knowing and willful” campaign finance violations including misreporting spending and diverting campaign funds for personal use.
After the 2020 presidential election, Schweikert adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He spread the Big Lie, 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, Schweikert joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- On Jan. 7, 2021, when asked in a local radio interview if Trump should bear any of the blame for the violence at the Capitol, Schweikert replied: “This is a build-up I think has been going on for years” and “Oh, I think part of the blame belongs to all of us.”
- Schweikert voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. In a prepared statement, he justified his vote against holding the former president accountable by writing: “It divides Congress even further at a time when we should be setting an example for the nation by showing we can put politics aside and put the country first.”
- Schweikert voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the mob attack that disrupted congressional proceedings underway that day.
The Big Lie
- In justifying his decision to vote against certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, Schweikert said he used a “fact tree” to determine that he would accept the results from Arizona but reject electors from Pennsylvania. He further noted that he had “spent three days with a bunch of constitutional attorneys” who “laid out the argument that in Pennsylvania the electoral college referral did not properly come through their state legislature.”
- Schweikert co-signed a letter requesting a “100% audit” of Arizona’s election results. “Although Arizona conducts elections with far more transparency and accountability than other states, there have been some issues raised about the integrity of some of our election systems within the state,” the letter reads. “For this reason, I am calling on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to go above and beyond to assure the public of the integrity of Maricopa County’s elections. Let’s leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of accountability and transparency.”