David McIntosh

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David McIntosh
David McIntosh.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Indiana, District 5
Prior offices
U.S. House, Indiana, District 2
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.University of Chicago Law School
Date of birthJune 8, 1958
ProfessionLawyer and Lobbyist
Campaign website
David McIntosh campaign logo
David Martin McIntosh was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Indiana. He lost in the Republican primary.[1]

Politico listed the 5th District race as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.[2]

He is the president of Club for Growth, a 501(c)(4) organization with a fiscally conservative agenda focused on taxation and other economic issues.[3]


McIntosh was raised in Kendallville, Indiana.[4]


  • Yale University
  • University of Chicago Law School



See also: Indiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

McIntosh ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 5th District. McIntosh and six other candidates lost to Susan Brooks in the May 8 Republican primary.[1]

U.S. House, Indiana, District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks 30% 31,185
Jack Lugar 4.6% 4,758
John McGoff 22.8% 23,773
David McIntosh 29% 30,175
Jason Anderson 1% 1,036
Bill Salin 0.8% 869
Matthew Mount 0.4% 453
Wayne Seybold 11.4% 11,874
Total Votes 104,123


McIntosh was endorsed by the National Rifle Association[5], Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform[6], and the National Right to Life organization.[7] McIntosh was also endorsed by Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee.[8]

Residency challenges

On April 12, 2012, lawyer Jon Sturgill asked the Indiana's Secretary of State office, the Madison County Election Board, and Madison County Prosecutor, Rodney Cummings, to consider voter fraud and perjury allegations against McIntosh.[9] According to the complaint, McIntosh is using the address of property he is currently renting in Anderson, Indiana, as the address for his candidacy and has continued to vote in Indiana despite having moved out of the state.[9]

McIntosh represented Indiana's 2nd District from 1995 to 2000, while living in Muncie, Indiana.[9] After an unsuccessful run for governor in 2000, McIntosh and his family moved to Arlington, Virginia, in 2005 where he began work as a lobbyist.[9]

Criticism stemmed from the fact that McIntosh allegedly used the address of his home in Muncie, Indiana, to continue to vote in Indiana until 2008 when he sold the property.[9] Also, reports state that McIntosh held a drivers license in Virginia during a portion of this time period, which required that he claim residency in Virginia, which some are arguing violates Indiana voting laws.

According to an article in the IndyStar, Sturgill claims that Indiana law "requires that a potential (voter) swear under penalties of perjury that the person will live in their precinct for at least 30 days preceding an election."[9]

In July 2012 McIntosh's lawyer wrote to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, citing other instances in which legal precedent allows for the residency.[9] At the time, Cummings wrote back to McIntosh, confirming that he had taken adequate steps to maintain residency in Indiana. Since then, Sturgill has asked Cummings to reconsider his decision.[10] On April 12, 2012, Cummings announced his decision not to take any other steps against McIntosh until after the Republican primary on May 8, 2012, citing political motives behind the complaints.[9]

On April 19, 2012, the Indiana Secretary of State's office announced it will investigate claims made against Republican candidate McIntosh's residency and voting records.[9]


McIntosh and his wife Ruthie have two children, Ellie and Davey.[4]

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