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Kelly TownsendLast Updated: January 18, 2024



Insurrection Related Information

  • Election Denier
  • Spread Disinformation Online

Previous Office(s) Held

  • Arizona State Senate District 16

Executive Summary

Townsend was a major supporter of the “Stop the Steal” movement, which falsely claimed then-President Donald Trump won the election both in Arizona and nationally.

Townsend, alongside numerous other state Republicans, signed on to a letter to Congress asking lawmakers to accept 11 “alternate” electoral votes for Trump or to have all of the state’s electoral votes “nullified completely until a full forensic audit can be conducted.”

She was one of the Republican lawmakers who attended an unofficial November daylong hearing at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix where Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis continuously made unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.

Following the insurrection, Townsend said in a since-deleted tweet that the rioters learned their behavior from “the Left” before questioning whether they were the real culprits behind the storming of the Capitol.

Previous Office(s) Held

Former Arizona State Senate District 16


January 11, 2021 - January 9, 2023

Previously Ran for Office(s)

Ran for Arizona State Senate District 7 in 2024

Affiliated Organizations

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    Stop the Steal

    10 individual(s)

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