Adam Kinzinger on Principles & Values



Handful of House GOP tells the truth; most don't say a word

You can -- in the House, as hard as you can, fight to try to tell the truth. You can fight against the cancer in the Republican Party of lies, of conspiracy, of dishonesty, and you ultimately come to the realization that basically, it's me, Liz Cheney, and a few others that are telling the truth, and there are about 190 people in the Republican Party that aren't going to say a word. And there's a leader of the Republican caucus that is embracing Donald Trump with all he can.
Source: ABC This Week 2021 interview transcript , Oct 31, 2021

Jan. 6 investigation about history, truth needs to win out

This isn't about necessarily even getting answers for tomorrow and hoping that the people that believe the insurrection was really some Antifa false flag thing are going to believe it. This is about the 10-year argument. What are our kids going to think when they read the history books? Who's going to win that argument? And I have always believed since I have been a kid in Sunday school that truth needs to win out.
Source: CNN SOTU 2021 interview of Rep. Kinzinger (R-IL) , Oct 17, 2021

Protesting Electoral College is "scam"; accept Trump losing

In early December, Kinzinger tweeted, "Time to delete your account" to the president after Trump delivered what he called the "most important speech" of his presidency, a 46-minute diatribe filled with baseless claims of election fraud in his Nov. 3 loss to former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

Kinzinger tweeted the day after Christmas that Trump and "other congressional grifters" touting efforts to challenge the Electoral College proclamation in Congress on Jan. 6 were part of a "scam" to raise money and gain followers even though they know they will be unsuccessful. He accused Trump of "trying to burn the place down on the way out because you can't handle losing" and throwing a "temper tantrum and crazy conspiracies." He added "#RestoreOurGOP."

Kinzinger said he fears that when Biden is inaugurated, Trump supporters will try to convince people that Congress and anti-Trump Republicans are to blame for failing to get the election results overturned.

Source: Chicago Tribune on 2022 Illinois Senate race , Dec 29, 2020

2003: Hero of the Year Award from local Red Cross

After 9/11, Adam heard the call to defend our country and joined the United States Air Force in 2003. Captain Kinzinger served in the Air Force Special Ops, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air National Guard during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

But the call he heard on a Milwaukee street while still serving in the Air National Guard was perhaps the most unexpected. It was the scream of a woman who was bleeding from her throat, being chased by a man with a knife. Unarmed, Kinzinger sprang into action, fought the knife away from the man, and pinned him to the ground along with another person until local police arrived. His act of courage earned him Hero of the Year by the American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin.

Source: Young Guns, by Reps. Ryan, Cantor & McCarthy, p.188 , Sep 14, 2010

Chair of moderate GOP caucus, the Tuesday Group.

Kinzinger is the chair of the Tuesday Group:

The Tuesday Group is an informal caucus of approximately 50 moderate Republican members of the House of Representatives in the 114th Congress (2015-2017). It was originally founded in 1994 in the wake of the Republican takeover of the House. The Republican House caucus was dominated by conservative Republicans and the Tuesday Group was founded to counterbalance that conservative trend. There were approximately 40 members when it was founded. In 2007 the Tuesday Group founded its own political action committee (PAC).

One co-chair describes the Tuesday Group as "thoughtful and pragmatic-minded Republicans in the House of Representatives who are focused on problem solving. The group wields significant influence to advance bipartisan solutions to some of our nation's most pressing issues. The members of Tuesday Group understand that compromise is not a dirty word and are committed to putting people ahead of politics."

Source: Tuesday Group press release from Rep. Charlie Dent 2015_Tues on Dec 31, 2015

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Kinzinger voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.