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}}{{tnr}}'''David Schweikert''' (b. March 3, 1962, in Los Angeles, California) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Arizona's 6th congressional district]].  Schweikert was first elected to the House in 2010.  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''David Schweikert''' (b. March 3, 1962, in Los Angeles, California) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Arizona's 6th congressional district]].  Schweikert was first elected to the House in 2010.  
  
Schweikert most recently won re-election in the [[United States House of Representatives elections in Arizona, 2012|Arizona's]] [[Arizona's 6th congressional district elections, 2012|6th District]] in 2012. He faced and defeated fellow GOP incumbent [[Benjamin Quayle]] in the primary on August 28, 2012.<ref>[http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/02/06/20120206quayle-announces-run-new-cd6-seat-against-schweikert.html ''AZ Central'' "Quayle announces run for new CD6 seat," Accessed February 23, 2012]</ref> He then defeated [[Matt Jette]] (D), [[Jack Anderson]] (L) and [[Mark Salazar]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Arizona ''ABC News,'' "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012]</ref>
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Schweikert most recently won re-election to [[United States House of Representatives elections in Arizona, 2012|Arizona's]] [[Arizona's 6th congressional district elections, 2012|6th District]] in 2012. He faced and defeated fellow GOP incumbent [[Benjamin Quayle]] in the primary on August 28, 2012.<ref>[http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/02/06/20120206quayle-announces-run-new-cd6-seat-against-schweikert.html ''AZ Central'' "Quayle announces run for new CD6 seat," Accessed February 23, 2012]</ref> He then defeated [[Matt Jette]] (D), [[Jack Anderson]] (L) and [[Mark Salazar]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Arizona ''ABC News,'' "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012]</ref>
  
 
Schweikert began his political career in the [[Arizona House of Representatives]].  He served in that position from 1989 to 1994.
 
Schweikert began his political career in the [[Arizona House of Representatives]].  He served in that position from 1989 to 1994.

Revision as of 13:30, 9 October 2013

David Schweikert
David Schweikert.jpg
U.S. House, Arizona, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorHarry Mitchell (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,107,199
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Treasurer, Maricopa County
2004-2007
Arizona House of Representatives
1991-1994
Education
Bachelor'sArizona State University
Master'sArizona State University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 3, 1962
Place of birthLos Angeles, CA
ProfessionCo-Owner, Real Estate Business
Net worth$3,170,006
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
David Schweikert (b. March 3, 1962, in Los Angeles, California) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 6th congressional district. Schweikert was first elected to the House in 2010.

Schweikert most recently won re-election to Arizona's 6th District in 2012. He faced and defeated fellow GOP incumbent Benjamin Quayle in the primary on August 28, 2012.[1] He then defeated Matt Jette (D), Jack Anderson (L) and Mark Salazar (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Schweikert began his political career in the Arizona House of Representatives. He served in that position from 1989 to 1994.

Schweikert is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Schweikert is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Schweikert's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1985: Graduated from Scottsdale Community College with A.A.
  • 1988: Graduated from Arizona State University with B.S.
  • 2005: Graduated from Arizona State University with M.B.A.
  • 1989-1994: Arizona House of Representatives
  • 1995-2003: Arizona State Board of Equalization
  • 2004-2006: Treasurer, Maricopa County
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Schweikert serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Schweikert served on the following committees:[5]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Schweikert's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Schweikert voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Schweikert voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Schweikert voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Schweikert voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Schweikert voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Schweikert voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Schweikert voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Schweikert voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

Committee removal controversy

In December 2012, Schweikert and Walter B. Jones (NC) learned that they would not serve on the House Financial Services Committee in the 113th Congress. Their dismissal was part of the Republican Steering Commission's December purge of so-called "obstinate" team members.[17] Completing the quartet of alienated (or alienating, according to those who determined their dismissal), Republican Reps. Justin Amash (MI) and Tim Huelskamp (KS) lost their seats on the House Budget Committee. (Huelskamp was also relieved of his Agriculture Committee assignment).[18][19]

The decision to terminate the four Rep.'s committee assignments, spearheaded by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), resonated powerfully with the increasingly divergent party ranks and the political media. Both a virtual anomaly, historically, and as a not-altogether-unexpected reaction to the tea party's storming of the GOP institution in 2010, the purge threw the internal conflict into harsh relief. Huelskamp called it a “typical Backroom deal,” of the sort the tea party targeted upon invasion as a symbol of the detachment of the GOP congressional establishment from the needs and problems of their constituencies. “I should vote for the team more,” was the lesson Schweikert took away, as he wrote to The Washington Post. Many party insiders dispute the claims presented by Huelskamp and his spurned cohort that ideological differences played any role in their dismissal from the committees. Instead, the decision was the result of bad behavior on the part of three of the four, according to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA), whose candid response to the event provided a headline-worthy insult byte that was quickly refined by a spokeswoman into what the mainstream press could call "the obstinate factor."[20] Huelskamp, for example, was not punished for voting against his colleagues on the budget, but for undermining his fellow team members through various social media postings, he says. Matt Kibbe, president of a Tea party group called Freedomworks, represents the position of those skeptical of Boehner and the party establishment's motivations: “This is a clear attempt on the part of Republican leadership to punish those in Washington who vote the way they promised their constituents they would — on principle — instead of mindlessly rubber-stamping trillion dollar deficits and the bankrupting of America.” [21] Westmoreland's comments were primarily in defense of the leadership's cause of removing difficult personalities from the equation, but his loyalty faltered on their treatment of Jones, whose own ideological dissent came from the left. “I love Walter Jones; he’s one of the nicest, most sincere, honest people up here,” Westmoreland said.[20]

Campaign themes

2012

Schweikert's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • Reducing the Size of Government
Excerpt: "As one of the leading proponents of smaller government in Congress, David Schweikert has consistently voted to reduce the size and cost of government."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Throughout his career, David Schweikert has been a committed tax-cutter. Whether it was sponsoring one of the largest tax cuts in Arizona history, or standing firm against President Obama’s proposals to increase taxes, David has been consistent in his commitment to protect taxpayers."
  • National Debt
Excerpt: "Our national debt is out of control. Far too many politicians in Washington believe that there is nothing wrong with continuing to borrow more and keep piling on more debt that we are all responsible for. David Schweikert is a staunch opponent of raising the national debt."
  • Strengthening Our Economy
Excerpt: "David Schweikert knows that the politicians in Washington don’t create jobs. A strong economy creates jobs. In Congress, David has focused his efforts on getting government out of the way of job creation with their burdensome regulations and out of touch policies."
  • Pro-Life
Excerpt: "As the child of a birth mother who gave him up for adoption, David Schweikert understands more than most the importance of the sanctity of life. 100 percent pro-life throughout his career, David Schweikert is committed to protecting and defending the rights of the unborn."

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

Schweikert is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Arizona's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Schweikert won re-election in Arizona's 6th District. He defeated fellow GOP incumbent Benjamin Quayle in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Matt Jette (D), Jack Anderson (L) and Mark Salazar (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23][24][25] He was considered one the vulnerable incumbents. [26]

According to the fiscal watchdog organization Club for Growth, the primary race between incumbents Quayle and Schweikert was the "most watched Republican congressional primary race in the country." Quayle appeared to be the favorite of Republican leadership, while Schweikert stood as a Tea Party favorite. Both representatives were new to the House and were running for re-election to their 2nd term in 2012. [27]

U.S. House, Arizona District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Schweikert Incumbent 61.3% 179,706
     Democratic Matt Jette 33.3% 97,666
     Libertarian Jack Anderson 3.5% 10,167
     Green Mark Salazar 1.9% 5,637
     NA James Ketover 0% 1
Total Votes 293,177
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Arizona District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Schweikert Incumbent 51.5% 41,821
Ben Quayle Incumbent 48.5% 39,414
Total Votes 81,235

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schweikert is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Schweikert raised a total of $5,107,199 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[30]

David Schweikert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 6) Won $1,952,869
2010 US House (Arizona, District 5) Won $1,732,731
2008 US House (Arizona, District 5) Defeated $1,421,599
Grand Total Raised $5,107,199

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schweikert's reports.[31]

David Schweikert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 14, 2013$7,488.54$30,062.00$(37,550.54)$0.00
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$0.00$30,000.00$(30,000.00)$0.00
Running totals
$60,062$(67,550.54)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Schweikert's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Schweikert won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Schweikert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,952,869 and spent $1,939,383.[34] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Schweikert spent $10.79 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Schweikert's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Schweikert won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Schweikert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,732,731 and spent $1,721,364.[36]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schweikert is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[37]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[38]

Schweikert most often votes with:

Schweikert least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Schweikert missed 11 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[39]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schweikert paid his congressional staff a total of $752,656 in 2011. He ranked 27th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 29th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranked 47th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schweikert's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $790,015 and $5,549,997. That averages to $3,170,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 48.58% from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schweikert's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,480,029 and $10,849,994. That averages to $6,165,011.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[42]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Schweikert ranked 75th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[43]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Schweikert ranked 66th in the conservative rankings.[44]

Voting with party

2013

David Schweikert voted with the Republican Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 109th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]

Personal

Schweikert has a wife, Joyce.

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External links


References

  1. AZ Central "Quayle announces run for new CD6 seat," Accessed February 23, 2012
  2. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "David Schweikert," Accessed October 30, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congressman David Schweikert, Representing Arizona's 5th District "Committees"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Politico, "'The a--hole factor'," December 13, 2012
  18. Slate "," December 3, 2012
  19. The Hill, "Ryan budget passes committee by one vote," March 21, 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 Roll Call, "'Obstinate' Factor Continues to Roil GOP," December 10, 2012
  21. The Washington Post, "Conservatives protest removal of 4 dissenting GOP lawmakers from plum committee assignments," December 4, 2012
  22. Campaign website, Issues
  23. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  24. Official primary candidate list
  25. Associated Press primary results
  26. New York Times "House Ratings" Accessed October 3
  27. Enterstageright.com, "The hottest Republican congressional primary race in the country," May 21, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for David Schweikert," Accessed March 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "David Schweikert Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  32. 'Federal Election Commission "David Schweikert April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  33. 'Federal Election Commission "David Schweikert July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "David Schweikert 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "David Schweikert 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  37. Gov Track "David Schweikert," Accessed June 7 2013
  38. OpenCongress, "David Schweikert," Accessed July 30, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "David Schweikert," Accessed April 2, 2013
  40. LegiStorm "David Schweikert"
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Schweikert, (R-Arizona), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Schweikert, (R-Arizona), 2010"
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Arizona, District 6
2011-Present
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Treasurer, Maricopa County
2004-2007
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Arizona House of Representatives
1991-1994
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