Lloyd Smucker (R-Penn.) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017, most recently representing Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. He ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in his solidly Republican district.
Before being elected to Congress, Smucker served as a member of the Pennsylvania Senate from 2009–16. In the private sector, he ran the Smucker Company, a family-owned commercial construction firm in Smoketown, Pennsylvania.
After the 2020 presidential election, Smucker helped spread the Big Lie by undermining his own state’s Electoral College results and casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He has repeatedly accused state officials of illegally tampering with ballots and also called for an audit of the Pennsylvania results. Smucker voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, and introduced federal legislation that would establish a commission to review state election procedures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Smucker joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Smucker voted against impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the attack on Congress and the Capitol, and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. He called the “vote on articles of impeachment… a rush to judgment.”
- Smucker also voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the violent assault that disrupted the congressional proceedings underway that day.
The Big Lie
- In voting against certification of the Electoral College results, Smucker argued that both Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the state Supreme Court had interfered with the election, allowing for fraud or inaccuracies in the final counts. He later said that his vote was “the only time throughout the process” that he could “speak for [his] constituents.”
- On Feb. 5, 2021, the York Daily Record published an op-ed by Smucker in which he continued to claim that Pennsylvania state election officials illegally tampered with the results and blamed the media for bias in reporting on Republicans’ objections compared to those raised by Democrats in 2016.
- In a joint statement with Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, Smucker supported an audit of Pennsylvania’s election results.
Post-2020 Election Subversion
- In February 2021, Smucker introduced the Voter Confidence Act, which would establish a federal commission to “review the practices and policies of federal, state and local election officials and the impact they had on the security and integrity of the election.” In a press release supporting it, he continued to espouse Big Lie conspiracy theories and blame lack of voter confidence in the 2020 election as a justification for the new law.
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