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Phone: 202-225-2190

Address: 1205 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (480) 946-2411

Address: 10603 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale AZ 85260-5571

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David Schweikert Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Arizona 6
  • Born: Mar. 03, 1962, Los Angeles, CA
  • Home: Fountain Hills
  • Education: AZ St. U., B.A. 1986, M.B.A. 2005.
  • Professional Career: Owner, Sheridan Equities and Sheridan Equities Holdings.
  • Political Career: AZ House, 1989-94; treasurer, Maricopa Cnty., 2004-07.
  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Family: Married (Joyce)

Republican David Schweikert defeated two-term 5th District Democratic Rep. Harry Mitchell in 2010 and won reelection in 2012 after beating fellow incumbent GOP freshman Ben Quayle in one of the election season’s nastiest primaries. Despite his willingness to mix it up politically—with fellow lawmakers as well as with the GOP leadership—Schweikert is a wonkish fiscal conservative who “enjoys poring over a spreadsheet the way most people dive into a good novel,” The Arizona Republic said when it endorsed him in 2010. Read More

Republican David Schweikert defeated two-term 5th District Democratic Rep. Harry Mitchell in 2010 and won reelection in 2012 after beating fellow incumbent GOP freshman Ben Quayle in one of the election season’s nastiest primaries. Despite his willingness to mix it up politically—with fellow lawmakers as well as with the GOP leadership—Schweikert is a wonkish fiscal conservative who “enjoys poring over a spreadsheet the way most people dive into a good novel,” The Arizona Republic said when it endorsed him in 2010.

Schweikert was born in a Catholic home for unwed mothers in downtown Los Angeles; he was adopted and raised by a family in Arizona. As a young man in Scottsdale, he was involved in sports and joined a club for Republican teens. He credits his early affinity for politics to former President Ronald Reagan. “We had a president [Jimmy Carter], who would go on television wearing a sweater and demanding that we adjust our thermostats because we were living in a world of shortages,” Schweikert recalled. Along came Reagan, who galvanized a “wave of young people,” he said. As an undergraduate at Arizona State University, Schweikert focused on finance and real estate. “I have spent almost all my life within a 20-mile radius,” he said. But he was “fiercely independent,” refusing to accept his parents’ help to finance his education. He acquired a real estate license at the age of 18 and worked full-time while taking classes at night. He graduated in six years.

He ventured into the political arena at age 26, when he lost a bid to represent the Scottsdale area in the Arizona House. Two years later, he was elected to an open seat, and at the end of his freshman term, he became majority whip. He was 30 and one of the youngest whips in state history. He worked to pass legislation that laid the foundation for tax cuts, tort reform, and charter schools, as well as a bill shortening the legislative session from 170 to 98 days. In the course of his public service, Schweikert returned to ASU to get a master’s degree in business administration. He next ran for Maricopa County treasurer and won. In that role from 2004 to 2007, he managed a $4 billion budget, created a program to help low-income seniors pay their property taxes, and corrected thousands of deed errors.

In 2008, Schweikert was the Republican nominee to challenge Mitchell, a Democrat who had dethroned six-term GOP Rep. J.D. Hayworth two years earlier. Schweikert lost by 9 percentage points in an inhospitable year for Republicans. Two years later, however, Democrats could not catch a break from a disillusioned, recession-weary electorate, and Schweikert’s rematch with Mitchell told the larger tale of Election 2010. It featured an incumbent under fire for supporting the Obama administration agenda and a conservative challenger touting his outsider credentials. Schweikert made Mitchell’s vote for President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic-stimulus bill a central theme, and his campaign signs called Mitchell a “lap dog” for liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Mitchell countered that he had been among the Democrats most likely to buck his party. The incumbent had the money edge: By late fall, Mitchell had raised $1.4 million, and Schweikert just under half that amount. But he defeated Mitchell, 53%-42%. A Libertarian candidate got 4%.

In the House, Schweikert became known for his studiousness; he told The Washington Post in May 2011 that he spent five hours a day learning the workings of government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as a member of the Financial Services Committee. He worked with Republican Jeb Hensarling of Texas on a measure to phase out the dollar bill for the dollar coin, saying it could save the government about $5.5 billion over 30 years. In the summer of 2011, he strongly opposed raising the federal debt ceiling. He accused Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner of having “his hair on fire…. It’s absolutely silly. We have plenty of cash flow to pay debt.” In January 2012, he introduced a bill proposing a constitutional amendment that would force Congress to get approval from a majority of the states before increasing the debt level in the future. During debate at the end of 2011 about extending the payroll tax cut, he voted against the initial two-month extension pushed by the Senate, saying that cutting taxes without offsetting spending cuts was “very dangerous policy.” But he ultimately agreed to a final compromise that was signed into law.

After the 2010 census, the state’s independent redistricting commission lumped Schweikert together in a race with Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. The younger Quayle represented 67% of the new district, while Schweikert was familiar to only 31%. House Republican leaders and outgoing Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl lined up to support Quayle, whom they considered the more faithful Republican. The race drew national attention when the two men began aggressively attacking each other. Schweikert portrayed himself as a reformer up against the GOP establishment, which he said his opponent embodied. He also cast Quayle as immature, reviving allegations from 2010 that his opponent had made offensive comments on a racy nightlife website, DirtyScottsdale.com. At the time, Quayle at first denied any connection with the site, but later in the 2010 campaign acknowledged that he had done some writing for it.

Quayle labeled Schweikert “Dishonest Dave” and accused him of being the source of a Politico story alleging that Quayle was one of the GOP congressmen who took a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee during a 2011 trip to Israel. (Quayle said he took a brief swim and brought home some of the sea water to baptize his daughter.) The acrimony reached its apex when Schweikert’s campaign sent out a mailer claiming that Quayle “goes both ways” on conservative issues. Quayle and his supporters, including Sen. John McCain, angrily accused Schweikert of sexual innuendo, a charge that the congressman denied. Schweikert prevailed, 51% to 49%. That made the general-election race a formality; he won with 61% over Matt Jette, who had been nominated in the Democratic primary but who subsequently ran as an independent.

In December 2012, House Republican leaders took the rare step of booting Schweikert off Financial Services; Schweikert’s aides claimed it was because of his willingness to challenge the leadership, although the bitterness of his race with Quayle also may have been a factor. He moved to the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Four months earlier, he left the House Republican whip team.

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David Schweikert Election Results
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2012 General
David Schweikert (R)
Votes: 179,706
Percent: 61.3%
Matt Jette (D)
Votes: 97,666
Percent: 33.31%
Jack Anderson (Lib)
Votes: 10,167
Percent: 3.47%
2012 Primary
David Schweikert (R)
Votes: 41,821
Percent: 51.48%
Benjamin Quayle (R)
Votes: 39,414
Percent: 48.52%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (52%)
David Schweikert Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic - (L) : 98 (C) 20 (L) : 78 (C) 18 (L) : 79 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 31 (L) : 65 (C)
Foreign 44 (L) : 56 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 22.0 (L) : 78.0 (C) 19.2 (L) : 80.8 (C) 19.0 (L) : 81.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV1111
CFG9396
ITIC-73
NTU8887
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COC94-
ACLU-15
ACU96100
ADA520
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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