Debbie Lesko

 

 
Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Arizona's 8th congressional district since 2018. Lesko served in the Arizona Senate from 2015 to 2018. She was president pro tempore of the Arizona Senate from 2017 to 2018. Lesko also served as a member of Arizona House of Representatives from 2009 until 2015. She became the Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district after winning a 2018 special election.
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: U.S. House of Representatives CD-8
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: 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.
Rep. Debbie Lesko Mentioned A Misdemeanor In Texas When Opening Up About Her Past. But She Didn’t Tell The Whole Story
"Scottsdale detectives interviewed Lesko, then known by her maiden name, Debra Lorenz, and a series of aliases, in a 1985 case that sent her husband to prison, police records show. Authorities suspected she may have helped craft documents in connection with his fraudulent activity"
Jun. 8, 2022
Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko Heckled, Exits Stage During Graduation Speech In Glendale
"Arizona Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, who represents the state's 8th Congressional District, was heckled and exited the stage during a commencement speech at a high school graduation ceremony on Friday. The Arizona Virtual Academy’s ceremony was held in Glendale, close to Lesko’s district. Graduate Juliana Butler was upset at Lesko’s speech. “I thought it was very inappropriate, and I was honestly really shocked that that was even allowed. I don’t know who OK'd that,” said Juliana Butler. She says Lesko failed to mention the graduates and their accomplishments, and polled the audience on school choice and federal student loan forgiveness. “I have heard other commencement speakers make speeches, and they were just very motivating. Nothing to do with politics, or religion or anything. It was just about the graduates. And she seemed to not grasp that and not put that like in her speech at all,” said Juliana Butler."
May 29, 2022
Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko Rounds Out Arizona's 3 Stooges Of The Insurrection
"Testimony to the Jan. 6 select committee puts Republican Lesko, along with Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, at one of the White House meetings aimed at overturning the 2020 election."
Apr. 23, 2022
Rep. Debbie Lesko Doesn’t Do Math – But She Does Do Demagoguery
Apr. 20, 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.""
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"We are so blessed to have Donald Trump with us here today. We know the election was stolen,” state Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, said when she took the stage, echoing the sentiments of other speakers and crowd members, who cheered her in response."
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"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."
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""They attacked Donald Trump because he exposed them and their evil deeds,” said Finchem, who's running for Arizona secretary of state, a position that oversees state elections."
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"On Dec. 14, 2020, Kern and 10 other Arizonans, including state GOP Chair Kelli Ward and Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, signed a document that was sent to Congress. All 11 people were listed on the general election ballot as the would-be electors for Trump."
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"Borrelli pushed back on the fact that the belief in widespread election fraud that stole the presidency from Trump in 2020 was a “conspiracy theory.” He said there was indeed a conspiracy, but he claims "it’s not a theory.” He said the problem was “obstructionists” who oversee elections at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and in Maricopa County. Borrelli said that many of his peers in the Arizona House and Senate were behind him and other election deniers and that they were going to “tighten up the loopholes that these commie (expletive) have exploited.” The crowd cheered as Borrelli claimed that the “shamestream media” were hiding facts like “ghost voters” he said were found to have voted in Pima County in 2020. Pima County election officials deny there were any widespread problems with the election."
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"Arizona Republican U.S. Reps. Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, the latter two national leaders in the spread of falsehoods over the 2020 election, also spoke at the rally"

Jan. 16, 2022

Reps. Biggs, Gosar And Lesko Vote Against Banning Confederate Statues From US Capitol
"Three of Arizona's four House Republicans voted Tuesday against banning Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol in an issue shaped by the Jan. 6 riot and GOP pushback on discussing systemic racism."
Jun. 29, 2021

 

HR 1443 - Vote to pass a bill that requires financial institutions to report certain credit application data to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the purposes of enforcing fair lending laws. Specifically, financial institutions must report this data regarding lesbian-, gay-, bisexual-, transgender-, or queer-owned businesses.

Arizona's Congressional Republicans Oppose Creating Bipartisan Jan. 6 Commission
"House Democrats, aided by 35 Republicans, voted 252-175 to pass a bill to create a 10-member commission. [...] Biggs was joined in voting no Wednesday by fellow Arizona Republicans Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert, all three of whom are Freedom Caucus members."
May 19, 2021
‘A Hit Dog Will Holler’: Congresswoman Slammed For Claiming Biden And Harris ‘Say We’re All Racists’
Apr. 21, 2021
Reps. Debbie Lesko, David Schweikert Mum On Money From Rep. Matt Gaetz Of Florida
Apr. 6, 2021
Report: Biggs, Gosar And Lesko Produced More Troubling Post-Election Social Media Than Any Other Delegation
Mar. 5, 2021

 

HR 5 - Vote to pass a bill that prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.

Arizona Republican Suggests Hispanics Are “Good Workers” But Not American Citizens
Feb. 16, 2021

Clockwise from top left are Arizona Hose Republicans Paul Gosar, Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs and David Schweikert. Photo: The Republic

1,009,832 Voters Created Arizona's 4 QAnon Quacks
Feb. 7, 2021
Biggs, Lesko Ignored For Months The Voter Registration Issue That They Say Invalidates Arizona’s Election
Feb. 1, 2021
Rep. Lesko Actually Says It's Democrats Who Pose The Danger Should They Dare To Impeach Trump
Jan. 13, 2021
Arizona GOP Deflects Blame, Says Antifa Caused Capitol Riot
"After the nation and the world expressed shock and horror when an angry mob of supporters of President Donald Trump violently stormed the U.S. Capitol yesterday, some Arizona Republicans are now claiming, with no proof, that leftist agitators caused the mayhem [...] There is no significant evidence that anti-fascist activists caused yesterday's attack on the Capitol despite the litany of baseless online rumors and conspiracy theories. But the statements by Arizona Republicans attributing the violence to leftist agitators is part of a broader effort by pro-Trump conservatives nationwide to deflect blame away from the president and his supporters."
Jan. 7, 2021
Trump Zone Cultists Debbie Lesko And Andy Biggs Support Texas’s Attempt To Steal The Election At The Supreme Court
"Trump Zone Cult Residents and Perennial Right-Wing Reactionaries Debbie Lesko and Andy Biggs, along with 104 members of the Trump National Fascist Party, have signed on to support legally and ethically challenged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Hail Mary petition to the Supreme Court to “nullify” the Presidential Election results of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin."
Dec. 10,, 2020
Rep. Debbie Lesko's Past Includes Debt, Criminal Charge She Links To 'Con-Man' Ex-Husband
Oct. 23, 2020
Center for Arizona Policy
2020 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: U.S. House of Representatives CD-8
Question 5: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 12: Adding 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.
Lesko Misleads Voters On Democrat’s Priorities, Her Record
Jul. 12, 2019
GOP Rep Compares Facebook Downplaying Anti-Vax Content To ‘1984'
"Rep. Debbie Lesko slammed both Google and Facebook for making anti-vaccine conspiracy theories harder to find."
Jun. 26, 2019
Debbie Lesko Claims Democrats Are Just Trying To Influence The 2020 Election By Doing Their Jobs
Jun. 10, 2019
GOP Rep Wants To Call Equality Act 'Forfeiting Women's Rights Act'
"The Equality Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal civil rights laws...opponents have tried to characterize the bill as a threat to women’s rights because of its transgender-inclusive provisions."
May 10, 2019

 

H RES 124 - Vote to pass a bill that specifies opposition to banning openly transgender individuals from serving in the Armed Forces. (A "no" vote would indicate that you approve of banning openly transgender individuals).

Rep. Debbie Lesko Says God Has Put Her On Anti-Choice ‘Mission’
Jan. 18, 2019
Medical Group Yanks Endorsement Of Rep. Debbie Lesko Over 'Phony' Doctor TV Ads
Oct. 18, 2018
Under Pressure, Rep. Debbie Lesko Takes Down False 'Fake Doctor' Signs
"Lesko relented after ARMPAC, the Arizona Medical Political Action Committee, which has endorsed her, told Lesko in a meeting they viewed the "campaign signs as an insult to the medical profession, discounting the education and training required of physicians to become licensed and credentialed."
Oct. 13, 2018
'Fake Doctor' Signs Put Next To Dr. Tipirneni's Campaign Signs
"Tipirneni has had a valid medical license since 1997. She spent 10 years working as a doctor in Valley emergency rooms and currently works in cancer research advocacy. The signs say they are paid for by Debbie Lesko for Congress."
Oct. 8, 2018
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: United States Representative CD-8
Question 4: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their conscience
Candidates' Position: Support*
Question 9: 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
Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Arizona GOP Candidate Debbie Lesko Copied And Pasted Bills Written By Lobbyists
"Debbie Lesko, the Republican candidate for Tuesday’s special election to Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, cut her teeth in the state legislature, where she has long served as the point person for corporate lobbyists to shape public policy. Lesko’s work attending to corporate interests was mainly carried out through her position as a senior member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. [...] State legislative records show that Lesko, a board member of ALEC, routinely sponsored ALEC model bills, often without changing more than a few words."
Apr. 19, 2018
Man With ALS Takes Down Debbie Lesko
Apr. 16, 2018
Is Washington Ready For Another Betsy DeVos?
"Republican Debbie Lesko is Arizona’s crusader for conservative “school choice”—and, unless Democrats can stop her in April's special election, she’s about to go national."
Mar. 28, 2018
Trump Unity Rally - MAGA In The Park
Mar. 10, 2018
GOP Primary Winner, Debbie Lesko, Faces 2nd Federal Election Law Complaint
Mar. 2, 2018
Debbie Lesko Accused Of Moving $50K From Campaign To A PAC That Backs ... Lesko
Feb. 21, 2018
Debbie Lesko Ponders Sneak Attack On Voucher Referendum
Jul. 18, 2017
Bipartisan Group Forms To Fight Lesko’s ESA Expansion
May, 9, 2017
Arizona Legislature Sneaks More Attacks On Citizens' Rights
Apr. 11, 2017
Arizona Lawmakers Who'll Make Your Jaw Drop
Mar. 30, 2017
Roberts: Commence Phase 2 Of Operation Silence Our Citizens
Mar. 27, 2017
Lesko's Alternative Facts About Vouchers Are Exposed
Feb. 15, 2017
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-21
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.
Roll Call: Who Supported Expanding Dark Money In Arizona?
Jul. 15. 2016
How The Arizona Corporation Commission Turned Anti-Solar In Just A Few Years
Jul. 8, 2016
Lawmaker Vies To Block Power Initiative
Apr. 21, 2016
The Truth vs. Debbie Lesko
Nov. 3, 2014
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-21
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.
After Failing To Pass Anti-Gay Bill, Arizona Turns Its Attention To Attacking Abortion Rights
Feb. 28, 2014

 

SB-1062 - SB 1062 was an Arizona bill to amend an existing law to give any individual or legal entity an exemption from any state law if it substantially burdened their exercise of religion, including Arizona law requiring public accommodation.

 

SB 1178 - Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes an individual to use potential infringements of religious freedom as a claim or defense in a legal proceeding.

New Report Exposes Extreme ALEC Agenda In Arizona
Apr. 4, 2013
Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-21
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
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 nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.

"Sleight of Hands" Arizona LD 21

 
Sep. 26, 2012
Sponsor Of 'Show Your Boss Your Whore Pills' Bill Hijacks Mic At Press Conference, Calls Everyone Liars
Mar. 22, 2012
Debbie Lesko's Freedom-Hating Anti-Birth-Control Bill
Mar. 16, 2012
Humpday Hall Of Shame: Arizona State Representative Debbie Lesko
Aug. 10, 2011
Center for Arizona Policy
2010 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-1
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 12: 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 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Center for Arizona Policy
2008 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-9
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 12: . Adding “sexual orientation” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.

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