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10 House Republicans impeached Trump. Here’s where they stand now

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) became the final pro-impeachment House Republican to have their primary and the latest one to lose their race.

Cheney was among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Her impeachment vote and her participation on the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 drew the ire of Trump, who endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman (R) in the Wyoming primary.

Trump has waded into a number of primary battles in an effort to unseat Republicans whom he believes crossed him following the 2020 election and Capitol riot. Here’s a list of where those 10 House Republicans currently stand.

Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.)

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)

Cheney lost her primary on Aug. 16 against attorney Harriet Hageman in one of the most closely watched races of the midterms. 

A vocal critic of Trump who serves as the vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, Cheney had vowed that she would do whatever she could to make sure that the former president did not return near the White House again.

Cheney’s criticism drew the ire of Trump, who endorsed Hageman in an effort to unseat the Wyoming congresswoman. It was seen as a part of a larger revenge tour against Republicans whom he believes crossed him. 

During Cheney’s concession speech, she acknowledged that she knew she would face political consequences for not supporting Trump’s dubious claims about the 2020 election but argued “no House seat, no office in this land is more important than the principles that we are all sworn to protect.”

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) asks questions during a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing of the Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's Pandemic Response on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Gonzalez, a former NFL player who was first elected in 2018, announced in September 2021 that he would not seek a third term to the House, months after impeaching Trump.

Less than two months after the former president’s second impeachment, Trump endorsed his former aide, Max Miller, in his challenge to Gonzalez.

Gonzalez’s impeachment vote also set off a firestorm among Ohio Republicans, and the Ohio Republican Party’s central committee censured Gonzalez and called for his resignation in May 2021.

Days later, Gonzalez did not hold back and voted alongside 34 other Republicans to establish an independent commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6. 

He also voted with a small number of House Republicans to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with the House Jan. 6 panel.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.)

Jaime Herrera Beutler

Herrera Beutler is the latest pro-impeachment Republican to lose her primary. 

She conceded on Tuesday evening after facing eight primary opponents, the first major primary challenge to her seat since she took office in 2011. Herrera Beutler’s state party previously rebuked her.

Trump endorsed her top opponent, Joe Kent, a former Green Beret, although The Associated Press has not yet called the race.

“Joe Kent just won an incredible race against all odds in Washington State,” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday. “Importantly, he knocked out yet another impeacher, Jaime Herrera Beutler, who so stupidly played right into the hands of the Democrats.” 

Washington operates under a jungle primary system, meaning the two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election regardless of their party affiliation.

Kent is on track to face Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in November in the district, which is rated “solid Republican” by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Rep. John Katko (N.Y.)

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) addresses reporters during a press conference on Monday, April 4, 2022 to discuss a recent virtual meeting with border patrol officers over Title 42 and current conditions on the ground.

Katko, who represents Syracuse, N.Y., and other upper parts of the state, announced almost exactly one year after impeaching Trump that he would retire at the end of his term.

He has denied that Trump’s focus on ousting pro-impeachment Republicans factored into his decision to leave the House.

“I was quite certain, even with the redistricting that was done in New York state, that I had a path to victory,” Katko told The Washington Post in March. “And I had a very good path to victory.” 

The New York Republican will also step down as chairman of the Republican Governance Group, a caucus of moderate House Republicans he has led since 2017.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Like Cheney, Kinzinger did not just impeach the former president but also now serves on the House panel investigating Jan. 6, further infuriating Trump and his allies.

He announced in Oct. 2021 that he would retire at the end of the term, which also came after redistricting maps approved by Illinois lawmakers drew him into the same district as Rep. Darin LaHood (R), who was endorsed by Trump just before the primary.

LaHood won his primary in June in what is seen as a reliably Republican district.

Rep. Peter Meijer (Mich.)

Meijer became the second pro-impeachment Republican defeated in their primary, losing last week by less than 4 percentage points to Trump-backed candidate John Gibbs.

Meijer and Kinzinger have condemned the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for running an ad they say boosted Gibbs, who has supported Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

“I would rather lose office with my character intact than stay reelected having made sacrifices of the soul,” Meijer told SiriusXM following his loss.

Rep. Dan Newhouse (Wash.)

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) is seen before Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis gives an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Newhouse is so far one of only two pro-impeachment Republicans to survive a primary challenge.

He faced six challengers last week, including Loren Culp, a former police chief backed by Trump, and former NASCAR driver Jerrod Sessler, who was in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.

Newhouse’s victory comes after the Washington State Republican Party chastised him for his impeachment vote, calling on him to resign.

In November, he will face Democrat Doug White, although the district is rated as “solid Republican” by the Cook Political Report.

Rep. Tom Rice (S.C.)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) addresses reporters during a press conference to unveil the Joseph H. Rainey Room in the in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Former Rep. Joseph H. Rainey (R-S.C.) was the first elected Black member of the House of Representatives who served from 1870 to 1879.

In June, Rice became the first Republican who backed Trump’s second impeachment to lose reelection.

Former state Rep. Russell Fry defeated Rice by more than 25 percentage points, or roughly 22,500 raw votes.

His defeat came the same night as South Carolina Republicans narrowly voted to keep Rep. Nancy Mace as their nominee. Mace voted against Trump’s impeachment but criticized his actions surrounding Jan. 6, leading Trump to endorse Mace’s challenger.

Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.)

Upton, the only lawmaker to vote to impeach two presidents, announced in April he was retiring at the end of his term.

A moderate Republican, Upton has bucked his party on impeachment and other issues, like a national red flag law opposed by most members of his caucus.

“He’s had a number of decisive wins where he’s endorsed candidates that they have won,” Upton said of Trump on CNN’s “State of the Union” in June.

“He’s had a few losses as well, but he certainly entertains a majority of the Republican base and will be hard to stop,” he added.

Rep. David Valadao (Calif.)

Valadao served in the House from 2013 to 2019 before being ousted by former Rep. T.J. Cox (D-Calif.). In a 2021 rematch, Valadao won back his seat and voted to impeach Trump one day after being sworn in.

Unlike other pro-impeachment Republicans, Trump did not endorse a challenger to Valadao in his primary. McCarthy, the top House Republican and a Trump ally, endorsed Valadao.

Valadao advanced from California’s jungle primary system in June, and he will face California state Assembly member Rudy Salas (D) in November.

Despite Trump not weighing in on the race, Valadao faces a tough reelection under the newly redrawn maps. The Cook Political Report rates the contest as a toss-up.

Caroline Vakil contributed.

Updated Aug. 17 at 12 a.m. ET.

Tags Adam Kinzinger Anthony Gonzalez Dan Newhouse David Valadao Donald Trump Fred Upton Harriet Hageman Impeachment Jaime Herrera Beutler Jaime Herrera Beutler John Katko John Katko Liz Cheney Liz Cheney Peter Meijer
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