Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is one of only two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Join Washington Post Live for a conversation with Kinzinger about where that investigation is headed, rising partisanship in Washington and why he’s decided to not seek reelection.


“One of the things that I’m interested in, which we have more work to do on that front, is ‘what is the role of foreign governments in this?’ Whether it’s misinformation online, spreading misinformation, is there any money that… organized this from foreign governments… It is safe to say that China and Russia, without necessarily even picking sides, benefit, in their mind at least, from chaos, and so there’s a lot of incentive for them to create chaos.” (Washington Post Live)
“If the president knew that violence was either going to happen or could potentially happen on Jan. 6 and went ahead with his speech… the lawyers and the Justice Department will have to figure out where that leads to culpability.” (Washington Post Live)
“I feel like personally if we had to make the case today, we could do it.” (Washington Post Live)
“Certainly they should, but will they? Probably not… 60 to 70 percent of my party is going to believe that Donald Trump won the election, and even if they don’t believe it it’s become a political identity, and a political identity has become a personal identity.” (Washington Post Live)
“We have to continue to get peoples’ attention because we could afford to move on from January 6 had we taken full accountability for it, but the conditions that led to it I would argue not only aren’t even gone, the conditions are even more fertile for something like this to happen again in 2024.” (Washington Post Live)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Adam D. Kinzinger is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives and proudly represents Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District, which stretches across 14 counties in Northern Illinois.

Congressman Kinzinger serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment in the 116th Congress

His top priorities include strengthening U.S. energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources as well as bolstering the strength of our national security – both at home and abroad.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kinzinger continues to serve his country as a pilot in the Air National Guard, with the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and balances this service with his duties in Congress.

During his time in Congress, Kinzinger has worked tirelessly for IL-16, and for the security of our nation. From getting veterans back to work, to combatting the opioid epidemic, Congressman Kinzinger continues to fight for his constituents and stand up for America