Apr 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Anti-Trump lawmakers' private security expenses ballooned after Jan. 6 riot

Sen. Mitt Romney speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on April 14.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on April 14. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Image

Members of Congress are spending tens of thousands of dollars on personal security for them and their families in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot, according to an analysis of first-quarter Federal Election Commission reports by Punchbowl News.

Between the lines: Private security expenditures were especially common among anti-Trump Republicans and high-profile Democrats who earlier this year voted to impeach and convict the former president for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, signaling they fear for the safety of themselves and their families.

By the numbers:

  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.): Nearly $70,000
  • Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah): $43,633
  • Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.): $50,400
  • Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.): $19,874
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.): $44,400
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio): $1,540
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.): More than $45,000

The big picture: Lawmakers in the past have spent money for additional security, but security expenditures dramatically increased throughout the Trump administration, according to Punchbowl.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced in February new security measures for congressional members traveling to and from Washington, including stationing additional police at airports in the D.C. area.
  • Pelosi is also preparing a $2 billion supplemental spending bill that would grow the ranks of the Capitol Police force and provide some lawmakers additional security in their districts, according to Punchbowl.
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