5 Questions with Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ)
We continue our Member of the Week segment with a questionnaire with the Congressman. We want you to know the most conservative members of Congress on both a professional and personal level because it’s important to see them as real people, not just politicians. Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) answers 5 questions, some policy oriented and some personal:
Heritage Action: What aspect of government (i.e., program, department, agency) do you want to reform the most? What legislation are you currently pushing or working on to achieve that reform?
Rep. Schweikert: All aspects of government need reform in my mind. We have seen a shocking abandonment of Constitutional principles from this Administration and Washington as a whole over the last couple decades. Reform in Washington must span more than one agency and encompass all of them. We must change how we look at government and how government looks at its citizens.
HA: What’s a piece of smaller legislation, or nominee, that is currently on the agenda but flying under the radar that you feel conservatives should be concerned about?
Rep. Schweikert: Those who talk to me know that I am constantly worried about everything. In fact, the rule we have in our office is the ‘law of unintended consequences.’ We view everything that comes out of our office legislatively under this premise and I think through that concept for everything I vote on. Many times a bill is drafted with good intentions but as it goes through the process, amendments destroy its intent and the law of unintended consequences take over.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Rep. Schweikert: Most: I count it one of the highest honors to represent and advocate for my constituents—my friends and neighbors in Arizona’s 5th District. I could also imagine no other higher duty than to be a part of the battle to save my Republic.
Least: The most discouraging part of this job is the vanity that seems to be built into Washington’s system. There is an arrogance of bureaucracy that just oozes out of Washington and the federal government. I also am extremely frustrated with the lack of mathematical reality in Washington. Debating in fantasy world with fake math and pretend numbers does nothing but drive us deeper into our economic woes.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Rep. Schweikert: I am blessed to be from the Scottsdale area, which is one of the most beautiful in the country. Just being home is a blessing and I enjoy spending all the time I can with my family and my famous pup, Charlie. Or #CharlieTakesDC if you follow me on twitter.
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Rep. Schweikert: The life of unbound optimism and a care-free nature.