Rep. McClain lied about reason for voting by proxy while meeting with Trump at border


U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Bruce Township - U.S. CONGRESS
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Bruce Township

U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain falsely claimed the pandemic prevented her from voting on the House floor last week when in fact she was visiting the southern border with former President Donald Trump.

The Bruce Township Republican voted by proxy on Tuesday and Wednesday after saying in a letter viewed by Newsweek that she was “unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency.”

McClain called for an end to proxy voting in May, lashing out at Democrats for voting remotely.

“Proxy voting must end, and lawmakers should return and do their jobs,” McClain tweeted on May 21. “We are here to represent the people, voting by proxy takes away that representation.”

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic last year, the House approved a resolution to allow lawmakers to vote by proxy to avoid traveling.

McClain was elected to her first term in November, replacing Rep. Paul Mitchell, who left the Republican Party in December and decided not to run for re-election after he said he had become disillusioned by Trumpism and the baseless claims about widespread election fraud.

McClain became a leading voice in peddling false and discredited claims of election fraud, and on the day of the insurrection, she voted against certifying the presidential election.

McClain's office did not return a call for comment.

Stay connected with Detroit Metro Times. Subscribe to our newsletters, and follow us on Google News, Apple News, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Reddit.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.