Lisa McClain
Secretary of the House Republican Conference
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
LeaderKevin McCarthy
Mike Johnson
Preceded byRichard Hudson
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byPaul Mitchell
Constituency
Personal details
Born
Lisa Carmella Iovannisci

(1966-04-07) April 7, 1966 (age 57)
Stockbridge, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMichael McClain
Children4
EducationLansing Community College
Northwood University (BBA)
Signature
WebsiteHouse website

Lisa Carmella McClain (née Iovannisci; born April 7, 1966)[1][2] is an American politician who has served as the U.S. representative for Michigan's 9th congressional district since 2021 (known as the 10th congressional district until 2023). A member of the Republican Party, she won election to the state's redrawn 9th district in the 2022 election.[3] On November 15, 2022, McClain was elected to serve in congressional leadership as Secretary of the House Republican Conference.

Early life and career

McClain was born and raised in Stockbridge, Michigan.[4] She graduated from Stockbridge Junior / Senior High School in 1984. She attended Lansing Community College and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University.[5]

McClain worked at American Express for 11 years, and from 1998 to 2019, served the Hantz Group.[5][6]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 10

After incumbent Congressman Paul Mitchell opted to retire from the United States House of Representatives, McClain announced her candidacy for Michigan's 10th congressional district.[7][8][9] She defeated state Representative Shane Hernandez in the August 4 Republican primary[10] and Democratic nominee Kimberly Bizon in the November 3 general election.[11] President Donald Trump endorsed McClain.[12]

2022

Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 9

On February 7, former President Donald Trump once again endorsed Lisa McClain in the 2022 midterm elections.[13] McClain won election to the state's redrawn 10th Congressional District, defeating all other candidates with 63.9% of the vote. Democrat Brian Jaye finished second with 33.2% of the vote.[3]

2023

On December 7, 2023, Representative McClain sponsored a resolution to censure Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) for pulling a fire alarm in the house on September 30 of that same year. She stated he "knowingly pulled a fire alarm to cause chaos and stop the House from doing business"[14]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Budget and spending

McClain, along with all other Senate and House Republicans, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[19] In 2022, McClain voted against the Inflation Reduction Act.[20] McClain joined the majority of the House in voting to pass the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 to suspend the debt ceiling.

Marriage

In 2022, McClain voted against the Respect for Marriage Act codifying Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing marriages across state lines regardless of "sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals."[21]

Healthcare

Alongside Representative Elissa Slotkin and Representative John Moolenaar, McClain introduced the Patient Advocate Tracker Act to broaden access to information technology pertinent to patient advocacy in the Veterans Health Administration.[22] President Biden signed the bill into law on September 16, 2022.[23]

Veterans

In August 2021, McClain sponsored a bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to 13 service members who were killed by a suicide bomber during the evacuation of citizens of the United States and Afghan allies at the Hamid Karzai International Airport during the withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan (2020–2021).[24] President Biden signed the bill into law on December 16, 2021.[25]

Gun Control

In June 2022, McClain joined the majority of House Republicans in voting against the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

2020 presidential election

On January 6, 2021, McClain voted against accepting Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

At a 2022 Trump rally, McClain falsely claimed that Trump had "caught Osama bin Laden."[26][27][28]

Personal life

McClain and her husband, Michael, have four children and live in Romeo, an outer northern suburb of Detroit.[29][5] She has raised over $1 million for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.[12] She is a Roman Catholic.[30]

See also

References

  1. ^ Mitchell, Ellen (November 30, 2020). "Rep.-elect Lisa McClain (R-Mich.-10)". The Hill. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Lisa McClain". Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Michigan Ninth Congressional District Election Results". The New York Times. November 8, 2022. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "Lisa McClain". NRCC Young Guns. April 24, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Fletcher, Kayla (February 23, 2020). "Lisa (Iovannisci) McClain: Small-town encouragement leads to major successes".
  6. ^ "Lisa McClain -". Archives of Women's Political Communication. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  7. ^ Gordan, Virginia (October 29, 2019). "Finance executive is third Republican to throw hat in ring for MI's 10th Congressional district". www.michiganradio.org.
  8. ^ "Political newcomer Lisa McClain prompts big spending in Macomb's GOP U.S. House primary". Detroitnews.com. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  9. ^ "Mitchell Announces Retirement from Congress". Congressman Paul Mitchell. July 24, 2019. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  10. ^ "Lisa McClain wins Michigan's 10th Congressional Republican primary". mlive. August 5, 2020.
  11. ^ "Lisa McClain wins election in Michigan's 10th Congressional District". mlive. November 4, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). "13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history". FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  13. ^ "Trump endorses freshman Rep. McClain for reelection to Congress". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  14. ^ "House censures New York Democrat Jamaal Bowman for pulling fire alarm". Washington Post. December 7, 2023. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  15. ^ "Congresswoman McClain Selected to Serve on the House Armed Services Committee | Representative Lisa McClain". mcclain.house.gov. January 26, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "MEMBERS". RMSP. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  17. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  18. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Congresswoman Lisa McClain. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  19. ^ Carl Hulse (March 6, 2021). "After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead". New York Times.
  20. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (August 12, 2022). "Roll Call 420 Roll Call 420, Bill Number: H. R. 5376, 117th Congress, 2nd Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved July 11, 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  21. ^ Bobic, Igor (July 19, 2022). "These 157 House Republicans Voted Against Protections For Same-Sex Marriage". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  22. ^ "GovInfo". www.govinfo.gov. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  23. ^ House, The White (September 16, 2022). "Bills Signed: H.R. 5754, S. 3103, S. 4785". The White House. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  24. ^ "U.S. House passes McClain measure awarding medal to 13 killed in Kabul". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  25. ^ House, The White (December 16, 2021). "Bills Signed: H.R. 5142 and S.J. Res. 33". The White House. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  26. ^ Jackson, David (April 3, 2022). "Rep. Lisa McClain Falsely Claims Trump Killed Osama bin Laden". USA Today. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  27. ^ Lemon, Jason (April 3, 2022). "Lisa McClain Lauds Trump for bin Laden Capture, Which Happened under Obama". Newsweek. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  28. ^ Tangalakis-Lippert, Katherine (April 3, 2022). "GOP Rep. McClain Falsely Claimed that Trump Caught Osama bin Laden". Business Insider. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  29. ^ Fletcher, Kayla (February 23, 2020). "Lisa (Iovannisci) McClain: Small-town encouragement leads to major successes". Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  30. ^ Liedl, Jonathan (November 18, 2020). "New Catholic Elected Officials Hope to Lead with Faith". National Catholic Register. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byPaul Mitchell Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Michigan's 10th congressional district 2021–2023 Succeeded byJohn James Preceded byAndy Levin Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Michigan's 9th congressional district 2023–present Incumbent Party political offices Preceded byRichard Hudson Secretary of the House Republican Conference 2023–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byKathy Manning United States representatives by seniority 327th Succeeded byMary Miller