ENG: David Schweikert (born March 3, 1962) is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona, serving since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. He currently represents Arizona's 6th congressional district, which includes most of northern Phoenix as well as Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Cave Creek. He previously represented the 5th District from 2011 to 2013.
He 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). He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives three times: losing a primary to J.D. Hayworth in 1994, losing the general election to incumbent Harry Mitchell in 2008, and then defeating Mitchell in 2010.
Early life, education, and business career
Schweikert was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Scottsdale with his adoptive parents and two adoptive siblings. He graduated from Saguaro High School there (1980), then earned a B.A. (finance and real estate, 1985) and MBA (2005) from the ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business.
Schweikert and his wife Joyce live in Fountain Hills, where they run Sheridan Equities LLC, a real estate business.
They also own a second home in Scottsdale.
Arizona House of Representatives (1991-1995)
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.
Local politics (1995-2007)
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. As chairman of the State Board of Equalization, Schweikert oversaw billions of dollars in valuations and tax protests from Arizona citizens and businesses.
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.
U.S. - House of Representatives (2011-Present) - Elections 1994
He 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.
“I left feeling sorry for myself—I have all this campaign debt I have to pay for, I have to rebuild my business, I screwed up a relationship because I was running,” Schweikert said. He then left for a lengthy vacation, which included travel to Calcutta, the Philippines, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, and Serbia, and other destinations.
Schweikert won a six way Republican primary election September 2, 2008 with 30% of the vote, compared to 27% for his nearest rival, Susan Bitter-Smith.
Several organizations endorsed David Schweikert for 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. He was endorsed by the Arizona Police Association, which includes Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe law enforcement agencies, the Arizona Right to Life, the Arizona Medical Association and the Citizens Against Government Waste's political action committee.
He lost the general election to freshman incumbent Democrat Harry Mitchell, 53%-44%.
Schweikert sought a rematch with Mitchell in 2010, with Libertarian Nick Coons also running. Schweikert won the Republican primary on August 24 with 29% 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 reelection 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 reelection in the 6th as well. 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.
January 15, 2013