UPDATED: At least 44 politicians, aides, and staffers have contracted COVID since Election day

  • I added some lesser-known (on a national level) representatives that I missed the first time.

  • Party breakdown: 3 Democrats, 41 Republicans (assuming those working for the Trump White House/campaign are Republicans).

  • Don Jr. is added on the approximate date he tested positive (11/16), though it wasn’t announced until Friday 11/20.


11/20: Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudy and special assistant to the president, announced that he tested positive for the virus and was experiencing “mild symptoms.” Andrew was reportedly at his father’s press conference the day before, in a room full of reporters.

11/20: Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) announced that he tested positive for Covid-19 while isolating after being exposed to the virus. “After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning. I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms,” Scott said. The previous week, Scott campaigned for Sens. Perdue and Loeffler in a crowded sports bar, without a mask.

11/19: Top Pentagon official Anthony Tata (“senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for policy”) tested positive for the coronavirus after a meeting with Lithuania’s defense minister Raimundas Karoblis last Friday. Karoblis, who tested positive earlier this week, also met with acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, the secretaries of the Army and Air Force and the secretary of the Navy.

11/18: Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) tested positive

  • Last month, at least four members of Lamborn’s staff in Washington, D.C., also contracted the virus. Lamborn made news at the time for continuing to attend fundraisers in Colorado and refusing to be tested himself.

11/17: Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) announced he contracted the virus; he says he is asymptomatic.

11/17: Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) tested positive after feeling “run down.” He said his symptoms remain mild. Newhouse voted on the House floor Monday night with several other lawmakers. He is the first member of Washington’s congressional delegation to disclose testing positive for the coronavirus.

11/17: On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that he tested positive while quarantining after exposure to the virus. It is not known how he was exposed. At 87, Grassley is the president pro tempore of the United States Senate and the second oldest senator (Feinstein is older by a couple of months). The day before testing positive, Grassley gave a speech on the Senate floor during which he did not wear a mask and attended a Republican leadership meeting.

  • In addition to Rick Scott and Chuck Grassley, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and Mike Lee (R-UT). Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. Note that Gaetz was originally reported to have told people that he contracted Covid-19, but then publicly refuted the claim and said he only tested positive for antibodies.

11/16: Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for the coronavirus “at the start of the week,” though it was not revealed until Friday 11/20. Trump Jr. has been quarantining at his cabin and is “completely asymptomatic so far.”

  • Trump Jr is now the fourth member of the Trump family to have become infected with Covid. The president, the first lady and their son, Barron, have recovered from the virus, as has Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle.

11/16: Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) tested positive and said she was experiencing “mild symptoms.”

11/15: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) tested positive with mild symptoms. Walberg is the second member of Michigan’s congressional delegation to publicly announce a Covid diagnosis; last month, Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) contracted the virus.

11/13: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) tested positive a week after an unnamed staffer also contracted the virus.

11/12: Republican National Committee chief of staff Richard Walters and at least eight staffers tested positive for Covid-19. According to WaPo, “the staffers were spread out between Washington and some of the committee’s field offices in states such as Pennsylvania.”

11/12: Corey Lewandowski, a Trump campaign adviser, tested positive last week. He posted a photo aboard Air Force One on November 2 of himself, Bossie, Reince Priebus, and Tiffany Trump, all maskless.

11/12: Republican strategist and lobbyist Jeff Miller tested positive after attending Trump’s Election Night party.

11/12: Rep. Don Young (R-AK), 87 years old, tested positive after previously downplaying the pandemic and mocking it as “the beer virus.”

11/11: Representative-elect Ashley Hinson (R-IA) tested positive and is quarantining at home. She defeated Democrat Rep. Abby Finkenauer in Iowa’s 1st District.

11/11: Former White House aide Healy Baumgardner tested positive after attending the election night party as a guest of Rudy Giuliani.

11/11: Billionaire Republican donors Richard and Liz Uihlein announced that they tested positive after being “around people with Covid”. The couple had previously downplayed the pandemic. After all these long months, I thought we’d never get it,” Liz Uihlein wrote in a statement to employees of their shipping supply company, Uline.

11/10: Minnesota state Sen. Dave Senjem tested positive after attending a Nov. 5 party caucus. The Republican party only informed members of their party, not notifying the Democratic-Farmer–Labor Party of the outbreak.

11/8: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tested positive after attending the election night party. Unlike many of the other people on this list, Carson experienced symptoms. In a recent interview, Carson said that he took oleander extract, an unapproved herbal supplement that has been promoted by the CEO of MyPillow, Mike Lindell, for “treatment” of the virus.

11/8: David Bossie, one of the President’s political advisers, tested positive after attending the election night party. Bossie traveled aboard Air Force One on November 2 of with Lewandowski, Reince Priebus, and Tiffany Trump, all maskless. Just days earlier, Bossie was tapped to lead Trump’s post-election legal campaign.

11/7-11/8: White House political affairs director Brian Jack tested positive after attending the election night party.

11/6: Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) tested positive after “meeting voters and campaign workers” a few days earlier. He also co-hosted a celebration for Republicans at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Daytona Beach.

11/4-11/7: Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows’s closest aides, and Charlton Boyd, an aide to senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, tested positive during the same time frame.

11/4-11/7: Top campaign aide Nick Trainer tested positive during election week. “Trump campaign staffers told CNN they are furious because the leadership in the campaign never sent out an email informing staff of the positive cases or cautioning them to stay home for the time being.”

11/4: Chief of Staff Mark Meadows informed a small group of White House advisers that he had tested positive for the coronavirus the day after the election. Meadows was recorded mingling among crowds of people without a mask on Election night (clip). According to Bloomberg News, White House and Trump campaign staff were “frustrated” that Meadows didn’t put out a statement as soon as he was diagnosed, so even aides who didn’t fall into medical unit’s contact trace could take extra precautions.

Overall numbers

More than 130 Secret Service officers who help protect the White House and the president when he travels have recently been ordered to isolate or quarantine because they tested positive for the coronavirus or had close contact with infected co-workers. In all, roughly 300 Secret Service officers and agents have had to isolate or quarantine since March because they were infected or exposed to infected colleagues.

(There is some repetition here, but…) Lawmakers who have been diagnosed with the virus include Reps. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.), Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Dan Meuser (R-Pa.), Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) and Don Young (R-Alaska), along with GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).


Somewhat, kind of, related (the topic was brought up in comments):

An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita, the overwhelming majority — 93% of those counties — went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas.

The regions of the country that Trump carried have also been those most plagued by COVID-19 since late August: On Nov. 3, the day of the election, the counties that broke for Trump had a collective rate of 38 new infections a day per 100,000 people, compared to 27 in those that supported Biden.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *