|Member of the Arizona House of Representatives|
from the 1st district
|Assumed office |
January 9, 2017
Serving with Noel W. Campbell
|Preceded by||Karen Fann|
David Stringer is an American attorney, businessman, politician and a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives elected to represent District 1 in 2016. Stringer operates the Comfort Inn in Prescott, Arizona. He has been a Republican precinct committeeman and state committeeman, and currently is a co-chairman of the county GOP's finance committee.
In 2016, Stringer and incumbent Noel W. Campbell defeated Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis in the Republican primary. They went on to defeat Democrat Peter Pierson and Green Haryaksha Gregor Knauer in the general election.
In June 2018, during a livestreamed speech at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum, Stringer commented that "there aren't enough white kids to go around", in reference to public school integration. He went on to say that immigration is "politically destabilizing" and is "an existential threat to the United States." Stringer's comments were derided as racist by the Anti-Defamation League and ProgressNow Arizona, while the Arizona Republican Party denounced his comments. Stringer subsequently defended his opinion as a "value judgement" that "wasn't denigrating anybody", while apologizing to anyone he offended.
In November 2018, Stringer was pressured to resign from leadership positions in House committees due to remarks made to Arizona State University students following a presentation at a political history and leadership club. Stringer stated that when European immigrants come to the United states that "After the second or third generation, everybody looks the same, everybody talks the same. But that's not the case with African-Americans and other racial groups, because they don't melt in, they don't blend in." Stringer subsequently resigned from his position as committee chair for the House Sentencing and Recidivism Reform Committee. On December 4, the Prescott City Council, by a vote of 6-1, passed a resolution, "that demands Stringer step down immediately so that a replacement can be named before the legislative session begins in 2019."
- "Stringer joins race for state House | The Daily Courier | Prescott, AZ". Dcourier.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
- "State of Arizona Official Canvass 2016 General Election November 8, 2016" (PDF). Phoenix, Arizona: Secretary of State of Arizona. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-20. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- "GOP lawmaker David Stringer criticized for saying "there aren't enough white kids to go around"".
- "Arizona lawmaker: Immigrants represent 'threat' to U.S. due to lack of 'white kids'".
- "Rep. David Stringer facing new calls to step down after saying African-Americans, others 'don't blend in'".
- "Representative Bolding's Response to Representative Stringer's Insensitive Comments".
- "State Rep. Stringer Gives Up Committee Chairmanship Following Racist Comments".
- Wise, Justin (December 4, 2018). "Arizona city council calls on legislator who said African-Americans 'don't blend in' to resign". The Hill. Retrieved December 4, 2018.