David McIntosh (politician)

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David McIntosh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byPhil Sharp
Succeeded byMike Pence
Director of the Domestic Policy Council
In office
December 2, 1987 – September 8, 1988
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byKen Cribb
Succeeded byDan Crippen
Personal details
David Martin McIntosh

(1958-06-08) June 8, 1958 (age 65)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseRuth McManis
EducationYale University (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)

David Martin McIntosh (born June 8, 1958) is an American attorney and Republican Party politician who served as the U.S. representative for Indiana's 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 2001. He is a co-founder of two conservative political groups, The Federalist Society and The Club for Growth.[1]

McIntosh was the Republican nominee for Governor of Indiana in 2000, losing to Democratic incumbent Frank O'Bannon. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in Indiana's 5th congressional district in 2012.

Early life, education, and law career

McIntosh was born in Oakland, California, the son of Jean Marie (Slough), a judge, and Norman McIntosh.[2] He moved to his mother's hometown of Kendallville, Indiana, at age five after his father died.[3]

McIntosh attended Yale University, where he was a member and later president of the Yale Political Union and, despite his political orientation, its Progressive Party.[4] He graduated with a B.A. (cum laude) in 1980, and later received a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School in 1983.[5] McIntosh was taught at Chicago by Antonin Scalia, who later became a Supreme Court Justice.[6] He is also a co-founder of The Federalist Society.[7]

Early political career

McIntosh's official portrait during the Reagan administration

During the Reagan Administration, McIntosh served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General and as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs.[5]

In George H. W. Bush's administration, he served as executive director of Vice President Dan Quayle's Council for Competitiveness.[8] In that role, he emphasized limiting or rolling back environmental regulations that the Council saw as inimical to economic growth[9] – such as a redraft of the Clean Air Act which would allow for companies to increase pollution emissions without notifying the public.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives



Incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Philip Sharp of Indiana's 2nd congressional district decided to retire. McIntosh decided to run and won the Republican primary with a plurality of 43% in a four candidate field.[11] In the general election, he defeated Democratic Secretary of State of Indiana Joe Hogsett 54%–46%.[12]


He won re-election to a second term with 58% of the vote.[13]


He won re-election to a third term with 61% of the vote.[14]


McIntosh fought against U.S. Senator Bob Dole to get rid of regulations within the health and food industries.[15]

After Newt Gingrich resigned as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, McIntosh thought about running himself. He decided not to run and endorsed William Reynolds Archer, Jr.[16]

Committee assignments

He was a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and was Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee.[17]

2000 gubernatorial election

In 2000, McIntosh ran for Governor of Indiana, but lost to incumbent Democrat Frank O'Bannon, 57 percent to 42 percent. His campaign was built around a 25 percent guaranteed property tax cut, but he never provided details on how he would accomplish it.[citation needed]

Post-congressional career

Since 2001, McIntosh has been a partner in the global law firm of Mayer Brown.[5] In 2009, he served as a political advisor to conservative lobby groups on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.[18]

2004 gubernatorial election

He planned another run for governor in 2004, but dropped out before the Indiana Republican primary after struggling to gain support in anticipation that President George W. Bush would support Mitch Daniels, former Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

2012 congressional election

In 2012 McIntosh announced his candidacy for Congress, running in the newly redrawn Indiana's 5th Congressional district, held by retiring Republican Dan Burton. He was narrowly defeated in the primary by former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks, losing to her by 1,010 votes out of over 100,000 votes cast.[19]

Club for Growth

In December 2014, McIntosh was named the head of the Club for Growth.[20] On November 7, 2020, on behalf of the Club for Growth, McIntosh was a signatory to a message communicated by Sen. Mike Lee to White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, expressing unequivocal support for Donald Trump following his loss in the 2020 election to Joe Biden and urging President Trump "to exhaust every legal and constitutional remedy at [his] disposal to restore Americans faith in our elections."[21]

Electoral history

Indiana's 2nd congressional district: Results 1994–1998[22]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 Joe Hogsett 78,241 46% David M. McIntosh 93,592 54%
1996 Marc Carmichael 85,105 40% David M. McIntosh 123,113 58% Paul E. Zimmerman Libertarian 4,665 2%
1998 Sherman A. Boles 62,452 38% David M. McIntosh 99,608 61% Cliff Federle Libertarian 2,236 1%
Governor of Indiana: Results 2000[23]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2000 Frank O'Bannon 1,232,525 57% David M. McIntosh 908,285 42% Andrew Horning Libertarian 38,458 2%


  1. ^ "How Trump's pact with the Club for Growth turned into a grudge match". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  2. ^ Thursday October 10, 2019 (2007-04-13). "Former city judge Jean McIntosh dies at 81". kpcnews.com. Retrieved 2019-10-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Keith Schneider, "Administration's Regulation Slayer Has Achieved a Perilous Prominence," New York Times, 30 June 1992.
  4. ^ Easton, Nina. Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. P51.
  5. ^ a b c Mayer Brown – David M. McIntosh
  6. ^ Toobin, Jeffrey. "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court". New York Times, September 23, 2007.
  7. ^ "Andrew Card Address Before The Federalist Society at the 2003 National Lawyers Convention". Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  8. ^ The Buying of the President 2000 by Charles Lewis (journalist) and the Center for Public Integrity, page 315.
  9. ^ Schneider, "Administration's Regulation Slayer."
  10. ^ Rosenthal, Andrew "Quayle's Moment," New York Times, 5 July 1992
  11. ^ "IN District 2 - R Primary Race - May 03, 1994". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  12. ^ "IN District 2 Race - Nov 08, 1994". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  13. ^ "IN District 2 Race - Nov 05, 1996". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  14. ^ "IN District 2 Race - Nov 03, 1998". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  15. ^ Herbert, Bob (July 10, 1995). "In America; Health & Safety Wars". The New York Times.
  17. ^ "Article". nl.newsbank.com.
  18. ^ "GOP struggles for anti-Sotomayor message" Associated Press, July 5, 2009.
  19. ^ "Former Congressman wants back into politics" Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine Associated Press, July 5, 2009.
  20. ^ "Why the Club for Growth Is Changing Leadership". National Journal. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  21. ^ "CNN". April 15, 2022.
  22. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
  23. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". David Leip. Retrieved 2013-08-06.

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from Indiana's 2nd congressional district

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