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Rep. David Schweikert

Representative for Arizona’s 6th District

pronounced DAY-vid // SHWĪ-kert

Schweikert is the representative for Arizona’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Schweikert is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Arizona’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 2011 to 2012.

Schweikert is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Schweikert voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators pumped the lies and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.


In 2018, Rep. Schweikert was accused of using or authorizing impermissable expenditures from his Members’ Representational Allowance and receiving improper campaign contributions. In June 2018, the House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee (ISC). In December of 2018, the ISC expanded its investigation and added alleged failure to make financial disclosures. On July 30, 2020, the House Committee on Ethics published their report, concluded he was guilty of all charges, recommended a reprimand and fined Schweikert $50,000. On July 31, 2020, the House voted unanimously in a voice vote to formally reprimand Rep. Schweikert.

Jun. 28, 2018 House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee
Dec. 20, 2018 House Committee on Ethics Investigative Subcommittee expanded the inquiry into more instances of improper uses of funds and to add allegations of failure to provide financial disclosures
Apr. 17, 2019 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics report as required when the Investigative Subcommittee has not completed its work one year after its establishment
May. 3, 2019 House Committee on Ethics reauthorized for the Investigative Subcommittee for the 116th Congress
Jul. 30, 2020 House Committee on Ethics published their report, concluded he was guilty of all charges, recommended a reprimand and fined Schweikert $50,000
Jul. 31, 2020 House of Representatives voted unanimously by voice to reprimand Rep. Schweikert
Photo of Rep. David Schweikert [R-AZ6]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Schweikert is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Schweikert has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to May 20, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

David Schweikert sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Schweikert was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Schweikert sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (30%) Health (25%) Environmental Protection (15%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Economics and Public Finance (5%) Agriculture and Food (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Schweikert recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Schweikert voted Nay

Schweikert voted Nay

Failed 219/186 on Jul 24, 2017.

Following the Department of Veterans Affairs scandals of 2014, a popular reform was enacted allowing veterans to bypass the VA for medical care in certain …

Schweikert voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Schweikert voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Schweikert voted No

Schweikert voted Nay

Schweikert voted No

Schweikert voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to May 2022, Schweikert missed 72 of 6,980 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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