David Sheridan Schweikert(Rep)
Telephone:202-225-2190 (Main phone number)
Telephone:480-302-4872 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Los Angeles, CA
Residence:Fountain Hills, AZ
Undergraduate education: Arizona State University
Graduate education: Arizona State University
David Schweikert was born in Los Angeles and now resides in Fountain Hills, Ariz. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Arizona State University.
Schweikert began going on trips abroad every year starting in 1994. The first was to Calcutta, India.
"I hadn't even traveled to Nogales, so I picked the place on Earth that scared me the most," he said. "I went with a return ticket a month later, a backpack and a Lonely Planet guidebook."
Schweikert said the trip brought home to him how well Americans live and how lucky they are. He has also traveled to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam and Serbia.
He and his wife, Joyce, run their own financial consulting business, Sheridan Equities.
David Schweikert ran for Congress in 2010 as a fiscal conservative, pledging to use his experience as a county treasurer, state lawmaker and tax board member to "return fiscal sanity" to Washington. He pledged to limit the growth and size of government, end earmarking and not to support deficit spending.
Schweikert wants to make all existing tax cuts permanent, cut capital gains taxes, end the alternative minimum tax and eliminate the estate tax.
He supports Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration and pledges to secure the border with Mexico. He promises not to vote for amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Schweikert opposes the health care reform bill, opposes abortion, supports gun rights and wants to open the outer continental shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling to help the country meet energy independence targets.
Schweikert was elected to the state House in 1989 and served until 1994, when he ran for the 5th District seat. He lost to Republican J.D. Hayworth in the primary, and began working at the Maricopa County Treasurer's Office. He then ran for Maricopa County treasurer in 2004 and won and served until 2007, when he left the office to again run for the 5th District seat.
He narrowly won the 2008 Republican primary with 29.5 percent of the vote but lost to then-incumbent Rep. Harry Mitchell in the general election.
In 2010, Schweikert rode the national Republican wave and defeated Mitchell by nearly 10 percentage points
He was credited as treasurer with maintaining solid county finances when other counties were enduring financial stress. He instituted financial transparency measures, including putting his home phone number on the treasurer's website.
Schweikert said he is most passionate about "fiscal sanity."
"My talent is numbers," he said.
Redistricting jiggered Schweikert's district, making it solidly Republican instead of a swing district and renumbering it the 6th District. Fellow GOP Rep. Ben Quayle saw his renumbered district moved south to take in parts of Tempe, making it a moderate swing district rather than a solidly Republican one.
Quayle then announced he would take on Schweikert in the 6th District, pitting the two first-term Republicans against each other in a nasty primary fight.
The primary campaign that ended in August 2012 with the primary election was as brutal as many expected, with the Schweikert and Quayle camps trading blows in television and print ads. Estimates are that nearly $5 million was spent between the candidates and outside groups.
Both touted their conservative credentials and attacked President Barack Obama. But they also lashed out at each other. Schweikert won by less than 3 percentage points.
American Conservative Union Rating: 96
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
David Schweikert won his August 2014 primary, he will face John Williamson in November.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on September 5, 2014.)