Anthony Kern



Seditionist and Arizona Representative Anthony Kern. Above photo taken at January 6 insurrection.

Serial homophobe Anthony Kern is a far-right, MAGA Republican extremist, a January 6 insurrectionist and a member of the State Senate beginning January 9, 2023 representing District 27. Kern a founding member of the radical pro-insurrectionist "Freedom Caucus". He was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 20 in the State House of Representatives from January 5, 2015 to January 11, 2021 and in the  On January 6, 2021 he attended the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C., and was present at the subsequent attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. Kern posted a video to his Twitter account which showed his attendance of the event, and in which he stated: "I will put politics aside if I never win another election. Trump, every time I heard him on TV, it was like he was my friend. Why? Because here's the President of the United States who was sticking up for little old me." Kern was among eleven Arizona Republicans who in December 2020 claimed to be "alternate electors" and signed a fraudulent certificate of ascertainment asserting Trump had won the 2020 presidential election. Republicans in six other states also signed false certificates. He later said that if vice president Mike Pence chose to certify the bogus certificates, which would exceed his constitutional authority, it would be "just a nice Constitutional lesson for all America to see." In April 2021 Kern was among the people helping to count and inspect ballots as part of the 2021 Maricopa County presidential ballot audit ordered by the state Senate, though the contract for the audit said that the ballot counters would be nonpartisan.
Finchem, Kern, Gosar Must Pay Former Minority Leader’s Legal Fees
"Three current and former Republican lawmakers have been rebuffed by the state Court of Appeals in their bid to avoid paying the legal fees of a Democrat who a trial judge said was unfairly sued by them." [ . . . ] "In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the three-judge panel said that Yuma County Superior Court Judge Levi Gunderson was absolutely justified last year in requiring Mark Finchem, Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale; and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Bullhead City, to shell out $75,000 that Charlene Fernandez, then a state representative from Yuma, had to pay to her attorneys to successfully defend against a defamation suit they brought against her. He tossed their claim, ruling the lawsuit “was brought for an improper purpose, having been filed against a political opponent primarily for the purposes of harassment.”"
Aug. 10, 2023
June is LGBT Pride Month so of course Serial Homophobe Anthony Kern had this to post on Twitter.
Bill To Protect ‘Big Lie’ Lawyers From Punishment Advances With GOP Support
"A bill that would punish the State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court if they discipline attorneys for bringing baseless election fraud complaints in Arizona courts has continued to make its way towards becoming law. The bill from Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, prohibits both the State Bar and the Arizona Supreme Court from “infringing” or “impeding” on the “political speech” of an attorney or an attorney’s clients by disciplining them or revoking their licenses for “bringing a good faith, non frivolous claim that is based in law and fact to court.” If they are found to be in violation of the proposed law, each would forfeit 10% of their revenue. For the Bar, that would come from the money it raises through attorney membership dues, while the Supreme Court would see its budget cut as punishment. The penalties would equate to about $1 million for the Bar and nearly $10 million for the Supreme Court. Kern’s Senate Bill 1092 comes as attorneys across the country and in Arizona have faced disciplinary action, including disbarment, for bringing challenges to the election based on frivolous claims of election fraud as well as lawsuits against political rivals. In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Kern singled out the discipline of former New York City Mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who lost his law license in New York over bringing false election fraud claims. Kern himself is no stranger to punishments from the court for filing a baseless lawsuit. He joined with former state Rep. Mark Finchem and Congressman Paul Gosar in suing former lawmaker Charlene Fernandez for defamation after she and other Democratic members of the state House of Representatives sent a letter to the FBI in 2021 asking for an investigating into the trio’s role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. A judge called the lawsuit “groundless” and ordered the three Republicans to pay $75,000 in attorney fees to Fernandez."
Mar. 15, 2023

The anti-Drag Storey Time Bill. This bill would apply only to libraries and other government facilities.

This bill, had it become law, would be the same as laws covering a cabaret but with the words "drag show" instead of "cabaret". This is simply a sneaky attempt to outlaw drag shows.

Arizona Legislator And Insurrectionist Files Bill To Prohibit Penalties For Frivolous Lawsuits
"Arizona Republicans are batting .000 with their appeals and other filings, and where the courts have found the lawsuits frivolous, the plaintiffs and/or their attorneys have been penalized financially and/or professionally. Someone’s gotta put a stop to this! How will Republicans recruit attorneys to file their phony-baloney lawsuits if there’s a chance they might have to pay fines and court costs, or even lose their license? How will Republicans continue grifting off the Big Lie if lawyers can’t or won’t help? Enter Sen. Anthony Kern, who’s got a dog in this fight, since he, Gosar, and Finchem were ordered to reimburse Charlene Fernandez $75,000 after filing a sham defamation lawsuit. They lost because there was nothing defamatory about Fernandez’s request for the DOJ to investigate the three officials’ role in Jan. 6. Both Kern and Finchem attended the Capitol riot and have histories full of seditious statements and activities, while Rep. Gosar has often been named as a central player in planning the insurrection (Gosar ignored a Jan. 6 Committee subpoena). So this week Sen. Kern introduced a bill that, if passed, would cause the Arizona Bar Association and the Arizona Supreme Court to think twice about disciplining attorneys for filing frivolous lawsuits."
Feb. 16, 2023

Two GOP Lawmakers Are Attacking Pronouns, Drag Shows, And Arizona's LGBTQ Residents

Elias Weiss / Phoenix New Times

Jan. 18, 2023

This year, Republican Senators John Kavanagh, quite possibly the state's worst lawmaker, and Anthony Kern, who was fired from a police job for lying, sponsored five pieces of legislation targeting LGBTQ people in schools and public places.
The two lawmakers have a long history of sponsoring anti-LGBTQ bills based on whatever iteration of homophobia may be trending at the time: gay marriage, bathrooms, and reproductive health, to name a few. This year, it's pronouns and drag shows.
In 2013, Kavanagh’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which would have criminalized taking a leak if a person’s birth certificate didn’t match the stick-figure sign on the stall door, was flushed away following national outrage. Last year, another of Kavanagh’s failed bills aimed to limit teaching about sexuality, gender, and gender identity and restrict student groups focused on LGBTQ issues.


Here are the five anti-LGBTQ bills filed so far by Kavanagh and Kern.
Pronoun Problems
SB 1001, sponsored by Kavanagh, would make it a crime for teachers and school staff to refer to students by their preferred pronouns without written consent from their parents. Even with parental permission, school employees could still choose not to use the student’s preferred pronouns.


Teacher Trouble
Another bill from Kavanagh, SB 1005, would prohibit courts from ruling against schools and other governmental entities when sued for violating the parental bill of rights. The bill contains exceptions for harassment and frivolousness.


Targeting Drag Shows
Kavanagh has also sponsored SB 1026, which prohibits public money from being used to pay for “drag shows targeting minors.”
Kavanagh said there's no example of such a thing ever happening in Arizona. But, he explained, it’s a preventative measure after he once witnessed “two people, dressed up, engaging in drag behavior,” when “one of them bent over and humped the other one and simulated anal sex.”


‘Erasing Drag From Public Life’
Sponsored by Kern, SB 1028 is “the most draconian” of the five anti-LGBTQ bills on the table, according to Woodbury.


Adult Entertainment
Also sponsored by Kern, SB 1030 would require permits for drag shows and zone businesses that host them as an “adult-oriented business." The bill lumps drag performance in the same category as cabaret, adult entertainment, and even sex work.
“Drag as an art form is not adult-oriented,” Woodbury said. “A bill like this, trying to use zoning laws to punish businesses that feature drag performances, is just a ridiculous misuse of the law.””

As Hobbs Called For Collaboration, Some Republicans Literally Turned Their Backs
"As Democratic lawmakers applauded Hobbs’ education agenda, Republican Sens. Justine Wadsack and Anthony Kern stood and turned their backs to the governor. Earlier, GOP Reps. Rachel Jones, Alexander Kolodin and Jacqueline Parker walked out of the speech. Midway through the speech, Rep. Jake Hoffman exited the House floor. “It’s unfortunate that some members chose an immature stunt instead, but we have really tough issues in front of us and we need to work together to stop them,” Hobbs said during a news conference after the speech."
Jan. 9 2023
Judge Rules 3 GOP Lawmakers Must Pay Dem's Legal Fees In Lawsuit
"Yuma County Superior Court Judge Levi Gunderson said it was obvious that Charlene Fernandez, then a Democratic state representative from Yuma, had an absolute constitutional right to send a letter to federal law enforcement officials asking them to investigate the activities of state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, former state Rep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, and Republican Congressman Paul Gosar in connection with the events around the Jan. 6 riot and breach of the U.S. Capitol. The judge said the lawsuit “was brought for an improper purpose, having been filed against a political opponent primarily for the purposes of harassment.’’ In fact, Gunderson said, the initial legal papers the trio filed were less about legal grievances and more of a political screed."
Sep. 1, 2022

These Arizona Candidates Still Say Donald Trump Won In 2020, Or They're Not Sure What Happened

The Arizona Republic via The Rose Law Group Reporter

Jul. 15, 2022

"Elected officials and candidates for office in 2022 continue to challenge and question the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.
The results have been examined and re-examined, challenged in court and in a monthslong ballot review. No evidence has been found of widespread fraud or error in the results.
Yet candidates deny the outcome. Others don't quite go as far. But they raise questions about potential irregularities they say could have influenced the vote and should be examined.
The Arizona Republic is listing candidates by category by the race that they are entered in. This list is not complete and will be updated throughout the 2022 election season.

Election deniers

These candidates in Arizona races deny that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, either in Arizona or nationwide."
US Senate

US House of Representatives


Secretary of state

Attorney general


  • Bob Lettieri, Republican

Arizona Corporation Commission

State Senate

State House of Representatives

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Read the complete article on The Arizona Republic


No, Mark Zuckerberg Did Not Personally Gift Millions To Sway Arizona's Elections

Katya Schwenk / Phoenix New Times

Feb. 8, 2022

"Former Arizona lawmaker and current state senate candidate Anthony Kern wants you to think Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave millions to Katie Hobbs during the 2020 election.
Except, Zuckerberg did not.
"Maricopa County Supervisors and Katie Hobbs took $3 million each from Zuckerberg during the 2020 election," Kern tweeted on Monday. "Why?"
The misleading tweet had racked up nearly 6,000 likes and hundreds of outraged comments by the afternoon.
But Kern — a staunch believer in November 2020 presidential election conspiracies who used campaign funds to travel to the January 6 riots — did not offer any more information.
Kern did not return a phone call or email from Phoenix New Times seeking comment.
But it's clear that Kern's insinuations of misconduct about the November 2020 election are unfounded.
"Unequivocally, no," said Murphy Hebert, communications director at the Arizona Secretary of State. "We did not receive $3 million dollars from Mark Zuckerberg.""
It Sure Looks Like This Arizona Republican Used Campaign Cash To Attend Jan. 6 Riot
"It’s no secret that Anthony Kern, who is running for state Senate in Arizona, went to Washington for the infamous “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021. He even posted an image of his flight on Facebook. But according to new campaign finance data, it appears that he also used campaign money to fund the trip. Last week, Kern — a former GOP state representative who lost reelection in 2020 — submitted campaign finance data to the Arizona Board of Elections that raises additional questions about his conduct leading up to the U.S. Capitol riot."
Jan. 25, 2022

Trump-Supporting Arizona Politicians Push Election Lies At Florence Rally

"Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who's running for governor, began her speech with the theme of some of the other speakers, praising America under Trump and listing its problems under Biden. As did others, she called Trump “president” and slammed the 2020 election as “rotten to the core.""
[ . . . ]
"Like-minded Trump supporters in the Legislature included speakers at Saturday's rally such as Rogers, Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, and former representative Anthony Kern, who's running for the state Senate."

Jan. 16, 2022

4 Arizona Politicians At Heart Of Jan. 6 Events Continue On Same Path
"The four Republicans who ... circulated baseless conspiracy theories about a 2020 Donald Trump presidential victory in Arizona and pushed for the Senate's partisan audit of Maricopa County's election results are continuing on the same path more than a year later. [...] U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, and former Representative Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, were at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, encouraging the overturn of election results."
Dec. 8, 2021
A Day After Audit Announcements, Small Group Rallies In Support Of Jan. 6 Insurrection At U.S. Capitol
"Though the crowd at Arizona's Capitol on Saturday was small, a number of politicians spoke, including congressional candidate Jeff Zink, state Rep. Walter Blackman and former state Rep. Anthony Kern."
Sep. 25, 2021
Ex-Lawmaker Who Rallied For 'Stop The Steal' Removed From Arizona Audit
May 14, 2021
Where Was Anthony Kern On Jan. 6?
May 5, 2021

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Apr. 30, 2021
Arizona State Republicans In Washington During Capitol Invasion Refuse To Turn Over Phone Records
"Arizona courts have ruled that records on a public official's private device can be considered a public record if those records relate to public business and the phone was used for a public purpose."
Jan. 26, 2021

Trump Insurrection - January 6, 2021 - U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.


Seditionist and past Arizona Representative Anthony Kern

Arizona Republicans Back Texas AG’s Attempt To Overturn Election
"Arizona state Reps. Nancy Barto, Frank Carroll, John Fillmore, Mark Finchem, Travis Grantham, Anthony Kern, Steve Pierce, Bret Roberts and Kelly Townsend, and Sens. Sylvia Allen, Sonny Borrelli, David Gowan and David Livingston signed onto the amicus brief."
Dec. 10, 2020
What Ever Happened To Them: Arizona Election Edition
Nov. 9, 2020
AZ GOP State Rep. Anthony Kern Killed Legislation To Protect Arizona Workers
Aug. 12, 2020
Center for Arizona Policy
2020 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-20
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 9: Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
GOP Lawmaker Stands By Deleted Tweet Mocking Order To Close Bars And Restaurants

Photo: Twitter                                         

"Minutes after the 8 p.m. deadline took effect on Tuesday, Rep. Anthony Kern posted a picture on Twitter asking, "do you know where Phoenix Mayor (Kate Gallego) is."Sens. Sonny Borrelli, David Gowan, and Rep. Mark Finchem stood with Kern as the four smiled and pointed at a clock inside a restaurant. Kern later deleted the tweet because he said another member of the legislature asked him to, but he would not say who."
Mar. 19, 2020
As Coronavirus Spreads In Arizona, Some Members Of Legislature Show Less Concern Than Others
Mar. 18, 2020
GOP Lawmaker Says God — Not Gun Laws — Will End School Shootings
"Arizona state Rep. Anthony Kern also said he thinks 'red flag' laws will let anyone disarm their rivals."
Dec. 19, 2019
State Rep. Anthony Kern: 'Do You Want LGBTQ Rights To Take Over?'
Dec. 12, 2019
Arizona Republican Lawmaker Compares The Needy To Parasitic Birds
Jun. 4, 2016
Kern Spurns Sex Abuse Victims In House Committee Hearing
May 20, 2019
Brownies’ Project Provokes GOP Leader Attack
"An Ahwatukee Girl Scout Brownie Troop of third graders may one day learn the lesson in Arizona hardball politics that their environmental project triggered."
Apr. 24, 2019
Ethics Complaint Alleges Arizona Rep. Anthony Kern Violated State Constitution
Rep. Anthony Kern violated the Arizona Constitution when he simultaneously worked as a lawmaker and a Tombstone marshal for about two years.
Apr. 11, 2019
Arizona Rep. Anthony Kern Accused Of Making Offensive Comments To Female Subordinates In 2010
Mar. 29, 2019
Fired From Police Job For Lying, Arizona Lawmaker Tried To Help Cops Who Lie
Mar. 5, 2019
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-20
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: Protecting a parent’s right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same– sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
Crazy/Stupid Republican Of The Day: Anthony Kern
Apr. 25, 2018
The State Bar's Mission Is Clear
Jan. 18, 2018
Representative Anthony Kern Applauds President Trump Executive Order To Reverse Obama Climate Change Policies
Mar. 29, 2017
The Passengers Curse Under New Arizona Bill
Feb. 8, 2017
Arizona Bills Would Ban Coverage For Gender-Reassignment Surgeries Already Denied By State
Jan. 24, 2017
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-20
Question 4: Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 6: Prohibiting government from discriminating against an individual, organization, or small business based on their beliefs about marriage.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 10: Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Arizona Senate Committee Passes Bill To Reject Any New Federal Gun Control Over Heavy Opposition
Mar. 15, 2016
New "Andrew Thomas Revenge Bill" Aims To Gut State Bar Of Arizona
Click here for details on Andrew Thomas.
Mar. 4, 2016
Arizona Lawmaker Incorrectly Claims Status As Peace Officer
Mar. 14, 2015
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-20
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

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