Who Is Brad Raffensperger? – The New York Times

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is hearing testimony on Tuesday from Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, who resisted efforts by former President Donald J. Trump to overturn Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in his state.

In a phone call that leaked shortly after the election, Mr. Raffensperger was heard facing off against Mr. Trump and some of his lawyers and advisers, who presented a number of conspiracy theories that they argued could give Mr. Raffensperger reason to invalidate Mr. Biden’s victory in Georgia.

Mr. Raffensperger was heard repeatedly rejecting those arguments, as well as Mr. Trump’s exhortation that he “find” 11,780 votes in Georgia — enough to declare Mr. Trump the winner of the state’s 16 electoral votes.

In the committee’s hearing on Tuesday, Mr. Raffensperger is expected to testify that Mr. Trump had clearly realized before the call that he had lost the election but that he proceeded to try to reverse the results anyway through personal pressure.

The standoff has made Mr. Raffensperger a top political target for Mr. Trump in the years since.

With Mr. Raffensperger up for re-election this year, Mr. Trump was quick to endorse his opponent, Jody Hice, in the Republican primary race in May. Mr. Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, was among a group of lawmakers who repeated Mr. Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen, co-signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to consider overturning the election results and met with Mr. Trump at the White House in December 2020 to organize efforts to object to the results during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.

Mr. Raffensperger, who campaigned on his record of resisting pressure by the Trump campaign, emerged unscathed this year, defeating Mr. Hice by a margin of nearly 20 points.

Earlier this month, Mr. Raffensperger testified in a grand jury trial about his call with Mr. Trump, part of a separate investigation into the former president’s efforts to overturn the state’s results.