Amy Gardner

Washington, D.C.

National political reporter

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA in history

Amy Gardner joined The Washington Post in 2005. She has worked stints in the Virginia suburbs, covered the 2010 midterms and the tea party revolution, and covered the Republican presidential nominating contest in 2011-2012. She was a politics editor for five years and returned to reporting in 2018.
Latest from Amy Gardner

Texas counties reject unprecedented numbers of mail ballots ahead of March 1 primary under restrictive new law

Thousands of early ballots have been rejected because voters did not meet a new requirement to provide an identification number inside the return envelope.

February 12, 2022

As Giuliani coordinated plan for Trump electoral votes in states Biden won, some electors balked

One elector who refused to participate in the plan, which has became a focus of the House Jan. 6 committee, told The Washington Post he was “not going to jump on a bandwagon to say that I know better than the courts.”

January 20, 2022

The scars of January 6th

A year out from the attempted insurrection of the Capitol, we consider the state of American democracy — what’s changed, what hasn’t changed and what will never be the same.

January 6, 2022

How Republicans became the party of Trump’s election lie after Jan. 6

At least 163 Republicans who have embraced Trump’s false claims are running for statewide positions that would give them authority over the administration of elections, according to a Washington Post tally.

January 5, 2022

Inside the nonstop pressure campaign by Trump allies to get election officials to revisit the 2020 vote

Well-funded allies of the former president have gained audiences with top state officials to push for examinations of the vote, and local residents have bombarded election administrators with their own demands to investigate.

December 22, 2021

How Trump pushed Perdue into the Georgia governor's race, kicking off a bitter GOP fight

David Perdue’s decision to challenge Gov. Brian Kemp guarantees a fraught Republican primary and keeps at the forefront Trump’s false claims that the 2020 vote was stolen.

December 6, 2021

Former senator David Perdue to challenge incumbent Brian Kemp for Georgia governor

Perdue was narrowly forced into a runoff in the 2020 election and lost his seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff.

December 5, 2021

Trump allies work to place supporters in key election posts across the country, spurring fears about future vote challenges

If they succeed, the former president and his backers could pull down some of the guardrails that prevented him from overturning President Biden’s victory, critics say.

November 29, 2021

Ohio county commissioner denies knowledge of attempted breach of local election network

John Hamercheck, president of the Lake County Board of Commissioners, spoke publicly for the first time about an incident that occurred inside his government office during the spring primary.

November 23, 2021