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David Schweikert is the Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 5th Congressional District (map) of Arizona. He won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.). 
David is a resident of Fountain Hills, AZ. David has known the area for many years and is a graduate of Saguaro High School. Schweikert received his MBA from the ASU WP Carey Executive Program and also holds a BA from the ASU School of Business. Prior to becoming the Maricopa Country Tresurer Schweikert represented Scottsdale and Fountain Hills in the Arizona State Legislature along with chairing the State Board of Equilization. As Treasurer of Maricopa County, David Schweikert was given the trust of the taxpayer, after leaving his postion Schweikert is now running for the U.S. House of Representitives. David and his wife Joyce live in Fountain Hills where they run a real estate business.
Schweikert won the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) in the 2008 congressional elections. He has consistently outraised the incumbent, Harry Mitchell, and is currently in the lead to win the general election.
Positions and record
David's political career started in 1991 when he served on the Arizona State legislature, representing the Scottsdale and Fountain Hills area. He served there until 1994. David has also held a position on the State Board of Equilization and most recently served as Maricopa Country Treasurer.
David is adamant about pursuing oil shale, clean coal and natural gas as well as alternative forms of energy such as solar, wind and alternative fuels. David believes the Country's energy policy should be an “all forms all the time."
David is pro-life and was himself an adopted child.
David has been a fiscal conservative his entire career. David wants to push to limit the growth and size of federal government. David believes in eliminating earmarking and pork barrel spending. David will not vote to spend money we don’t have.
David Schweikert believes that cutting taxes is fundamental in growing the economy. He will work to make the existing tax cuts permanent, push to reduce capital gains taxes, and eliminate the death tax.
In Congress, David will oppose any bill that attempts to restrict the right of the people to keep and bear arms. He was also a prime sponsor of the Concealed Carry Law in Arizona.
David believes in securing the border against illegal immigration, trafficking, smuggling and incursions by: finishing construction of the fence, holding companies accountable for hiring illegals, using high-tech surveillance to monitor the border, deploying additional Predator-B U.A.V's, and hiring more border patrol agents and supplementing when necessary by placing National Guard troops on the border.
David believes in government reform through representing the people's interests, not big spending special interests.
War On Terror
David will push to make sure that our intelligence agencies, military, and state and local law enforcement agencies are well equiped to fight terrorism both here and abroad.
David will work hard to protect victims' rights and bring balance back to the American justice system.
Money in politics
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Committees and Endorsements
Schweikert will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress. While in the Arizona State Legislature David served on the health committee and looked for new innovative ways to spend tax payer money frugally and effectively.
David Schweikert is being endorsed by former 2008 Republican candidate for president Senator Fred Thompson as well as by Republican U.S. House Minority Leader, John Boehner. David is receiving an endorsement from the political action committee Club For Growth for his stance on low taxation and limited government. Other notable endorsements come from the National Rifle Association, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste political action committee, National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition, Arizona Right to Life, and the Arizona Medical Association.
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