Trumpanzee Republican member of the U.S.
House of Representatives, representing
Arizona's 8th congressional district since
2018. The district is in the West Valley
portion of the Phoenix metropolitan area and
includes Glendale, Surprise, Sun City,
Peoria, and part of western Phoenix. 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
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
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."
"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.""
"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."
""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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"Three of Arizona's
statues from the
U.S. Capitol in an
issue shaped by the
Jan. 6 riot and GOP
Jun. 29, 2021
- 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.
"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."
- 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.
"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
"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."
gender identity to
have tried to
bill as a threat to
because of its
May 10, 2019
"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."
"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
being required to
use their artistic
expression in a
manner that violates
expression” to the
protected classes of
race, religion, age,
sex, and ancestry in
"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."
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.