|Address||15749 East El Lago Boulevard |
Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268, United States
|| March 03, 1962
Sep 17, 2020 09:31am
|Info||David Schweikert (born March 3, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an Arizona Republican politician and real estate entrepreneur. He 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 was a runner up in a primary contest (1994) for the U.S. House of Representatives, and an unsuccessful candidate in a general election (2008) for Arizona's 5th congressional district; he intends to run again in 2010. |
Schweikert grew up in Scottsdale with his adoptive parents and two adoptive siblings. He graduated from Saguaro High School there (1980), then earned a BA (finance and real estate, 1985) and MBA (2005) from the ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business. David and his wife Joyce live in Fountain Hills where they run Sheridan Equities LLC, a real estate business.
Mr. Schweikert was elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives for District 28 in 1990, and reelected in 1992. He represented Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. He arrived in the wake of the AzScam scandal, and was a committee chairman as a freshman and majority whip in his second term.
He ran in the September 13, 1994 primary for the Republican nomination in what was then the 6th congressional district. He came in second (45% to 21%) to J.D. Hayworth, who then defeated incumbent Karan English in the general election. 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 reoriented himself with travel to Calcutta, the Philippines, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, and Serbia, among other destinations.
There was speculation in 1999 that Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull might appoint Schweikert to the Arizona State Corporation Commission. Instead she appointed him chairman of the Arizona State Board of Equalization, a full time job. 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.
He plans to seek the same seat in 2010.
Schweikert won a six way Republican primary election September 2, 2008 with 29.50% of the vote, compared to 27.38% for his nearest rival, Susan Bitter-Smith. He lost the general election to freshman incumbent Democrat Harry Mitchell, 43.57% to 53.16%. Schweikert raised $1,421,599 for the general, of which 19% was his own money and 6% came from PACs. Mitchell used none of his own money and raised $2,437,569, of which 36% was from PACs.
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 the support of Club for Growth for his commitment to lowering taxes and reducing government spending. "We are pleased that the Club for Growth has endorsed our campaign," said Schweikert. "Our message is that common sense, pro-growth tax reform is essential to the future of our country." Former Congressman Pat Toomey, its president, stated, "It is clear that David Schweikert is a tireless defender of taxpayers who will continue to fight for taxpayers in the U.S. Congress." The Club for Growth supported his 2008 primary campaign with more than half a million dollars of bundled contributions and independent expenditures.
The Schweikert campaign credits the endorsement from the Arizona Police Association--which includes Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe law enforcement agencies, as well as the National Border Patrol Supervisors Association—to "David’s fight to limit liability for public safety professionals as victims of frivolous lawsuits and his strong stance on fighting the crime associated with illegal immigration."
Schweikert was likewise offered the endorsement from Arizona Right to Life for his strong convictions on the issue of preserving unborn life. Adopted as a child, he now recounts on his website, "With my own personal story of being born in an unwed mother's home and later in my life meeting my birth mother and father, it has given me personal appreciation for the importance of this issue. Without the compelling conscience of my own mother, I would not be here today."
In response to his support from the Arizona Medical Association, Schweikert commented, "I am very excited to have the support of doctors in our campaign to bring real change to Congress... It’s time for real tort reform that protects our doctors from frivolous and costly lawsuits from trial lawyers who are coincidentally, big supporters of Harry Mitchell.”
Citizens Against Government Waste's political action committee endorsed him in October 2007.