Swing District Project : Arizona 1

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Representative David Schweikert (AZ-01) represents one of Arizona’s wealthiest areas and was re-elected to a  sixth term despite multiple campaign finance violations in 2020 and 2022 that resulted in $175,000 in fines by the Federal Election Commission and House Ethics Committee. He sits on the Ways & Means Committee, is a self-described budget hawk and a member of the Telehealth Caucus and Blockchain Caucus. Known as a Tea Party favorite his 2010 freshman year, he recently left the Freedom Caucus, which worked to block Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker.

House website: https://schweikert.house.gov/ 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/repdavidschweikert
Twitter: @RepDavid
Instagram:  repdavid
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RepDavidSchweikert

District office(s): 

14500 N. Northsight Blvd. 
Ste. 221 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 946-2411
Washington, D.C. office: 
Phone: (202) 225-2190
Email: https://schweikert.house.gov/email

On the Record:
“If you look at Congress’s ability to do things, you need a stressor. The fact of the matter is this debt ceiling is a stressor that’s forcing an actual conversation of the structural deficit, the demographic problem we have as a country, with 10,000 Americans turning 65 daily.” — Feb. 28, 2023, Arizona Republic

Suggested Talking Points
  • I urge you to be bipartisan. Bipartisanship fosters unity and promotes the greater good. When lawmakers work together to pass legislation, it benefits all constituents, strengthening all communities. It also provides better transparency and accountability and leads to actual debate instead of pure politicking.
  • Your leadership is needed to help heal the divisiveness that is crippling our nation’s progress. Constituents look for reassurance that our needs are known, understood and addressed.
  • How might you as my representative demonstrate that you are aware of our district’s pressing needs? (Write about a specific issue/need that touches you personally, or your family, friends, community.)
  • The debt ceiling issue requires collaboration, not finger-pointing and blaming, because defaulting on our debt cannot be an acceptable option. As I understand it, this debt is for money already spent or appropriated. The time to sort out additional funding is after the debt ceiling is raised.
  • Your constituents are ordinary, working or retired Americans who rely on various government programs, including Medicare and Social Security. When we hear those programs, and payroll for government/military employees, are in danger of financial chaos, we can’t properly plan for even daily needs. Your job is to serve us, not endanger our very livelihoods.
Sample letter
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