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|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 2011
|Constituency||5th district |
|Treasurer of Maricopa County|
|Member of the Arizona House of Representatives|
from the 28th district
January 1991 - January 1995
Served with Lisa Graham Keegan
|Born||March 3, 1962|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Scottsdale Community College|
Arizona State University, Tempe (BS, MBA)
David S. Schweikert (; born March 3, 1962) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 6th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he first entered Congress in 2011, representing Arizona's 5th congressional district until redistricting. His district currently includes most of northern Phoenix as well as Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Cave Creek.
Schweikert previously served two terms in the Arizona State House of Representatives (1991-1994), was chairman of the state Board of Equalization (1995-2004), and was the elected Maricopa County Treasurer (2004-2007). Schweikert ran for the U.S. House of Representatives twice (losing a primary to J. D. Hayworth in 1994 and losing a general election to incumbent Harry Mitchell in 2008) before winning election to the House for the first time in 2010.
In 2018, the United States House Committee on Ethics launched an investigation into Schweikert and his chief of staff, Oliver Schwab, over misuse of funds. On July 30, 2020, Schweikert admitted to 11 violation counts and agreed to an official reprimand by the House as well as a $50,000 fine.
Schweikert was born in Los Angeles, California, to an unwed mother who, according to Schweikert, had considered an abortion but chose instead to put him up for adoption. He grew up in Scottsdale with his adoptive parents and two adoptive siblings. He graduated from Saguaro High School in 1980, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and real estate in 1985 and an MBA from Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business.
Schweikert was elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives for District 28 in 1990, and re-elected in 1992. He represented Fountain Hills and part of Scottsdale. He arrived in the wake of the AzScam scandal, and was a committee chairman as a freshman and majority whip in his second term. His consistently conservative record led Republican colleagues to elevate him to Majority Whip.
As chair of the State Board of Equalization, Schweikert was also responsible for overseeing billions of dollars in valuations and tax protests from Arizona citizens and businesses. There was speculation in 1999 that Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull might appoint Schweikert to the Arizona State Corporation Commission. He was appointed chairman of the Arizona State Board of Equalization, a full-time job, where he served from 1995-2003.
He was appointed Chief Deputy Treasurer of Maricopa County in 2004, and was elected Treasurer the same year. He resigned in 2007 to run for Congress again. In 2008, he lost by 10 percentage points, 53%-43%, to Democrat Harry Mitchell in congressional district 5. In 2010, he defeated the two-term incumbent.
Schweikert ran for the September 1994 Republican primary in Arizona's 6th congressional district. It resembled the 5th district formed after the 2000 census, but also included most of the northeastern part of the state, including Flagstaff and the Navajo reservation. J.D. Hayworth defeated him 45%-22%. After that defeat, he took time to reconsider and left for a lengthy vacation, which included travel to Calcutta, the Philippines, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam and Serbia.
Several organizations endorsed Schweikert in the 2008 election, including the primary election: Club for Growth, the Arizona Police Association, Arizona Right to Life, and the Arizona Medical Association. Schweikert later blamed his defeat on the very bitter primary fight that preceded it. He received more than a half-million dollars from the Club for Growth.
Schweikert sought a rematch with Mitchell in 2010, with Libertarian Nick Coons also running. Schweikert won the Republican primary on August 24 with 37% of the vote. Early polling showed the race a dead heat. The Club for Growth decided to again endorse Schweikert after having sat out the competitive primary election.
On November 2, 2010 Schweikert defeated two-term incumbent Congressman Harry Mitchell 52%-43%.
After redistricting, the bulk of Schweikert's former territory became the 9th district, while his home in Fountain Hills was drawn into the newly created 4th district. However, as soon as the maps were released, Schweikert announced he would run in the 6th district. That district had previously been the 3rd, represented by fellow Republican freshman Ben Quayle. However, in a statement announcing his re-election plans, Schweikert pointed out that he'd grown up in Scottsdale--most of which had been drawn into the 6th as well--had represented it in both the state house and in Congress, and owned a second home there. A revised map, however, placed Schweikert's home in Fountain Hills into the reconfigured 6th.
Quayle, whose home in Phoenix had been drawn into the 9th but was just outside the boundaries of the 6th, opted to seek re-election in the 6th as well. During the bitter primary campaign, Schweikert was widely criticised for a mailer that accused Quayle of "going both ways", suggesting that he was bisexual. On the reverse, the mailer listed issues on which it claimed Quayle had taken both liberal and conservative positions. Senator Jon Kyl said that "such campaign tactics insult the voters, degrade politics and expose those who stoop to them as unworthy of high office" and Senator John McCain said the mailer was one of the "worst that I have seen" and that it "crosses the boundary of decent political dialogue and discourse." Quayle's spokeswoman called the mailer "utterly false" and "a sleazy smear tactic." Schweikert's spokesman responded that people "should get their minds out of the gutter" because the mailer was "obviously" referring to "'both ways'--as in liberal and conservative." The Arizona Republic asked two political scientists to review the mailer, who both said that they had "never seen anybody accuse someone of flip-flopping [on political issues] that way" and said that it was "difficult to believe" that the sexual suggestion was unintentional.
Although the 6th contained almost two-thirds of Quayle's constituents, Schweikert defeated Quayle in the Republican primary--the real contest in this heavily Republican district--by 53 percent to Quayle's 47 percent. He won re-election to a second term with 62% of the vote.
On July 30, 2020, Schweikert was formally reprimanded by the House of Representatives. He admitted to 11 violations, accepted the reprimand and agreed to pay a $50,000 fine. The committee found undisclosed loans and campaign contributions; misuse of campaign contributions for personal use; improper spending by his office; and, pressuring staffers to do political work. The House Ethics Committee also faulted him for evasive, misleading and stalling tactics that helped him skirt more serious violations. The report laid out a "surprisingly sizable amount of misconduct over a seven year period." Schweikert claimed these were inadvertant errors, but the committee reported that "the weight of the evidence" did not support Schweikert's contention.
Schweikert is anti-abortion. He has attributed his opposition to abortion to his own adoption. For 2015-2016, the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Schweikert a 0% rating, while the anti-abortion National Right to Life gave Schweikert a 100% rating.
Schweikert supports the Hyde Amendment, a rider to appropriations bills that bars federal funds from being spent on abortions, and supports making the Hyde Amendment permanent. Schweikert opposes any funding for Planned Parenthood in any form, and supported legislation to bar the group from participating in any federally funded program, including for non-abortion healthcare services.
Schweikert has a "B" rating from NORML regarding his voting record on cannabis-related matters. He supports allowing veterans access to medical marijuana, if legal in their state, per their Veterans Health Administration doctor's recommendation and voted twice in support of this in the Veterans Equal Access Amendment.
He voted to opening the Outer Continental Shelf to offshore oil drilling and also voted for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in pursuit of coal. He voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.
Schweikert does not accept the scientific consensus on climate change, referring to global climate change as "folklore." He signed the Americans For Prosperity's "No Climate Tax Pledge" in which he will "oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue."
Schweikert opposes the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. He opposed the international agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, calling it "disastrous." In 2015, Schweikert was one of 26 Republicans who voted against a Republican leadership-sponsored defense spending proposal; Schweikert took issue with increases to defense spending without corresponding offsets.
Schweikert opposes restrictions on gun ownership. He has received an "A" rating from both the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. He was endorsed by the NRA in his 2010 election. Schweikert voted in favor of the National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, a bill to requires all states, regardless of their own laws, to honor concealed carry permits from other states.
In 2015, Schweikert introduced legislation to remove firearm sales and ammunition from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's list of high-risk industries. In 2016, Schweikert introduced legislation to roll back existing gun laws in the District of Columbia, reversing the District's law limiting concealed-carry permits to those with a "good reason" to carry concealed weapons. In 2017, Schweikert voted to disapprove a Social Security Administration regulation in which the names of certain mentally incompetent beneficiaries (those whose finances handled by a third party representative payee) are submitted to the instant background check system for gun purchases.
Schweikert is an outspoken opponent of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which imposed new financial regulations following the Great Recession. Schweikert opposes the existence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Volcker Rule. Schweikert has introduced legislation to dismantle Dodd-Frank.
Schweikert supported legislation to kill an Obama administration Department of Labor requirement that established a fiduciary standard for retirement and pension advisers, requiring that such advisers put their clients' financial interests ahead of their own.
Schweikert has signed Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," a pledge committing signers to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses ... and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." Schweikert was endorsed by the interest group FreedomWorks, which supports lower taxes, in the 2012 general election.
In 2015, Schweikert was just one of 17 Republicans to oppose the Republican budget, arguing that it did not sufficiently address mandatory spending on entitlement programs. He has called for cutting spending on Medicare and Social Security, arguing that "hard choices" must be made.
Schweikert argues that the state's immediate objective must be to secure the border against smuggling and illegal immigration. After it is "truly secure," lawmakers can proceed to establish a "common sense temporary guest worker program to enable businesses to obtain the employees they need." Additionally, Schweikert firmly opposes amnesty and "sanctuary cities." NumbersUSA has given Schweikert an A+ rating in accordance to his stance on immigration.
In November 2011, Schweikert wrote a letter to President Obama objecting to $70,000 spent by the State Department on books authored by Obama, asking the President return the royalties. Embassies used the books as gratuity gifts and also to stock libraries in various countries.
On December 18, 2019, Schweikert voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump.
Schweikert was a cosponsor of the original USA Freedom Act, which imposed limits of the National Security Agency's collection of bulk telephone metadata and made certain reforms to the FISA Court.
The House Republican Steering Committee removed Schweikert from the Committee on Financial Services in late 2012 as part of a larger party leadership-caucus shift. He joined Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, demanding to know why they had lost their "plum" committee posts.[dead link]
Politico quoted a spokesperson for Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia as explaining that Schweikert, Amash and Huelskamp were removed for "their inability to work with other members." The spokesperson clarified that Westmoreland "said that it had nothing to do with their voting record, a scorecard, or their actions across the street [meaning fundraising]." The three were described by Politico and its sourcing of Huelskamp's other colleagues as "a--holes" who "made life harder for other Republicans by taking whacks at them in public for supporting the team".:p.2 He is a member of the Freedom Caucus, the Congressional Western Caucus, the U.S.-Japan Caucus, and the Republican Study Committee.
|Arizona House of Representatives 28th District Election, 1990|
|Arizona House of Representatives 28th District Election, 1992|
|Republican||Lisa Graham (inc.)||47,396||59.06|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||32,852||40.94|
|Arizona's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 1994|
|Arizona's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2008|
|Republican||Susan Bitter Smith||13,212||27.38|
|Arizona's 5th Congressional District Election, 2008|
|Democratic||Harry Mitchell (inc.)||149,033||53.16|
|Arizona's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2010|
|Republican||Susan Bitter Smith||17,297||24.14|
|Arizona's 5th Congressional District Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Harry Mitchell (inc.)||91,749||43.24|
|Arizona's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2012|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||41,821||51.48|
|Arizona's 6th Congressional District Election, 2012|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||179,706||61.30|
|Arizona's 6th Congressional District Election, 2014|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||129,578||64.86|
|Arizona's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2016|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||63,378||80.3|
|Arizona's 6th Congressional District Election, 2016|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||201,578||62.1|
|Arizona's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2018|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||83,406||100.0|
|Arizona's 6th Congressional District Election, 2018|
|Republican||David Schweikert (inc.)||173,140||55.2|
District 28 (Maricopa county) State Representative
Lisa Graham (R) 20,051
David Schweikert (R) 40,925
Bill Searle (D) 20,051
District 28 (Maricopa & Yavapai counties) State Representative
Lisa Graham (R) 47,936
David Schweikert (R) 33,285
In December 2004, David Schweikert was sworn in as Maricopa County Treasurer. He has a B.S. degree in Finance/Real Estate and [an] MBA from W.P. Carey/Arizona State University. Before becoming Treasurer, David served as Chief Deputy Treasurer. Prior to that, he served as chairman of the Arizona State Board of Equalization. David has worked as an investment analyst and has been involved in the Real Estate industry and property tax issues for 25 years. In 1990, David was elected to represent Northeast Maricopa County in the Arizona House of Representatives. In 1992 he was selected to the position of Majority Whip.Issue 2, 2007
The fractious Arizona Corporation Commission ... has been mired in controversy thanks to politics and personalities. Now, with Tony West's removal from ttwohe three-member commission, the need to wait for a replacement to be named by Gov. Jane Hull creates new uncertainty ... Names figuring in public speculation about the appointment include ... former state Rep. David Schweikert ....Vol 34, No 116
...additional member designated as Chairperson by the Governor who shall serve in a full time capacity.
Board of Supervisors appointed Charles "Hos" Hoskins the new county's treasurer. He replaces David Schweikert, who resigned on Oct. 22 to feel out a run for Congress.
Karan English (D) 32,261
J.D. Hayworth (R) 21,109
Gary Husk (R) 6,500
Ramona Liston (R) 4,376
David Schweikert (R) 9,565
David Smith (R) 5,093
Sequoia R. Fuller (L) (write in) 37
In a real sense, losing improved his life, Schweikert said. Until then, he ran a real estate business, but threw most of his time and energy into politics. Suddenly, at 32, politics were out.
The former Maricopa County Treasurer topped a highly competitive field of six candidates to win the right to face freshman Harry Mitchell in the general election in November. The Club for Growth PAC bundled $337,000 in campaign contributions for Schweikert and spent over $200,000 in independent expenditures on his behalf.
|Arizona House of Representatives|
from the 28th district
Served alongside: Lisa Graham Keegan
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 5th congressional district
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 6th congressional district
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| United States Representatives by seniority