David M. McIntosh

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David M. McIntosh : biography

June 8, 1958 –

David Martin McIntosh (born June 8, 1958) is a lawyer who served as a Republican representative from Indiana from January 3, 1995, to January 3, 2001. McIntosh was the Republican candidate for Governor of Indiana in 2000, losing to incumbent Democrat Frank O’Bannon. He was an unsuccessful candidate in Indiana’s 5th Congressional district, to replace Rep. Dan Burton.

Post-congressional career

Since 2001, McIntosh has been a partner in the Washington law firm of Mayer Brown.http://www.mayerbrown.com/lawyers/profile.asp?hubbardid=M810650051 – viewed 29 July 2007. In 2009, he served as a political advisor to conservative lobby groups on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Associated Press, July 5, 2009.

2004 gubernatorial election

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

2012 congressional election

McIntosh announced he will be a candidate for Congress again in the 2012 election, running in the newly redrawn Indiana’s 5th Congressional district, currently held by retiring Republican incumbent U.S. Congressman Dan Burton. He was defeated in the primary. Associated Press, July 5, 2009.

Early life, education, and law career

McIntosh was born in Oakland, California, but moved to his mother’s hometown of Kendallville, Indiana, at age five after his father died of cancer.Keith Schneider, "Administration’s Regulation Slayer Has Achieved a Perilous Prominence," New York Times, 30 June 1992.

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.Easton, Nina. Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Crusade. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. P51. He graduated with a B.A. (cum laude) in 1980, and later received a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School in 1983. He was taught at Chicago by Antonin Scalia, who later became a Supreme Court Justice.Toobin, Jeffrey. . New York Times, September 23, 2007. He is also a co-founder of The Federalist Society.

U.S. House of Representatives



Incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Phillip 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.http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=747515 In the general election, he defeated Democrat Joe Hogsett 54%-46%.http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=28810


He won re-election to a second term with 58% of the vote.http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=29475


He won re-election to a third term with 61% of the vote.http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=30473


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

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

Committee assignments

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

Early political career

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

In George H. W. Bush’s administration, he served as executive director of Vice President Dan Quayle’s Council for Competitiveness.The Buying of the President 2000 by Charles Lewis (journalist) and the Center for Public Integrity, page 315. In that role, he emphasized limiting or rolling back environmental regulations that the Council saw as inimical to economic growthSchneider, "Administration’s Regulation Slayer." – such as a redraft of the Clean Air Act which would allow for companies to increase pollution emissions without notifying the public.Rosenthal, Andrew "Quayle’s Moment," New York Times, 5 July 1992

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.

Electoral history

Indiana|2|}}: Results 1994–1998
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 78,241 46% David M. McIntosh 93,592 54%
1996 85,105 40% 123,113 58% Paul E. Zimmerman Libertarian 4,665 2%
1998 62,452 38% David M. McIntosh 99,608 61% Cliff Federle Libertarian 2,236 1%