Greene was born in Milledgeville, Georgia, on May 27, 1974. She graduated from South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia, and the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Greene founded and sold a CrossFit gym.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (née Taylor; born May 27, 1974) is an American politician and conspiracy theorist serving as a U.S. Representative for Georgia's 14th congressional district. Greene was elected to Congress in the November 2020 elections, and took office on January 3, 2021. She was one of the 139 representatives who challenged the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Congress on January 7, 2021, the day after the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
Greene and her husband, Perry, are respectively Vice President and President of Taylor Commercial, a construction company based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Founded by her father, Robert Taylor, he sold the company to the couple in 2002. She has long lived in Alpharetta, which is in the 6th district. While members of the House are only required to live in the state they represent, Greene stated soon after considering a run for the 14th that she intended to move to that district if she ran there. She subsequently bought a home in nearby Paulding County, which is in the 14th. By the time she was sworn in, she had moved to Rome, which is also in the 14th.
Greene was initially expected to face Democratic IT specialist Kevin Van Ausdal, but he withdrew from the race on September 11, 2020. This left Greene unopposed for the general election, though the district is so heavily Republican that Van Ausdal would have faced nearly impossible odds had he stayed in the race. Since the 14th's creation in 2012, no Democrat has won more than 30 percent of the vote.
Greene finished in first place in the primary election and faced John Cowan in the runoff election. Greene defeated Cowan to win the nomination on August 11. Greene was considered an overwhelming favorite to win the seat in the general election, as the 14th typically votes heavily Republican. The 14th has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+27, making it the 10th most Republican district in the nation and the third most Republican district in the Eastern Time Zone. Among Georgia's congressional districts, only the neighboring 9th district is more Republican. Donald Trump carried the 14th with 75 percent of the vote in 2016, his eighth-best performance in the nation. On the day after Greene's runoff victory, Trump tweeted his support for her, describing Greene as a "future Republican Star" who "is strong on everything and never gives up — a real WINNER!"
Greene linked Hillary Clinton to pedophilia and human sacrifice and, in 2017, speculated the Pizzagate conspiracy theory was real. Greene claimed Clinton murdered her political enemies in a revival of the "Clinton Kill List" conspiracy theory.
Greene supported the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, saying in videos posted in 2017 on Facebook that the theories were "worth listening to". She stated in a video, "There's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it."
In a Facebook post in 2017, she said House speaker Nancy Pelosi was guilty of treason, "a crime punishable by death", she added. Greene objected to Pelosi's sympathy for undocumented immigrants and her opposition to President Trump's border wall.
In the general election, Greene won with 74 percent of the vote. Van Audsal, whose name remained on the ballot, took 25 percent. Greene became the second Republican woman to represent Georgia in the House. The first, Karen Handel, was elected to represent the 6th in a special election in 2017, but was defeated for a full term in 2018. Thus, Greene became the first Republican woman elected to a full term from a Georgia district.
Greene opposes the Black Lives Matter movement and described it as a "radical Marxist" group. In a video, she compared BLM activists to white nationalist participants at the Unite the Right rally which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. She ended one of her videos commenting: "The most mistreated group of people in the United States today are white males."
In 2018, Greene expressed support for a conspiracy theory that a plane did not hit the Pentagon during the September 11 attacks, saying that "it's odd there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon," despite video evidence. On another occasion, at a Conservative conference in 2018, she said 9/11 was part of a plot by the United States government. Following a report on her comments by Media Matters for America in August 2020, Greene said on Twitter: "Some people claimed a missile hit the Pentagon. I now know that is not correct. The problem is our government lies to us so much to protect the Deep State, it's hard sometimes to know what is real and what is not."
In a Mother of All Rallies event in Washington DC in 2018, Greene said American militia groups were "the very definition of our Second Amendment. Because when our government gets to a place where it’s a tyrannical government, we’re guaranteed the right to bear arms and make a state militia so that they do not run us over." Greene participated in a pro-Second Amendment rally in Ringgold, Georgia in September 2020. At the rally, she said she would "always" protect the rights of gun owners and would not vote for any laws making it harder for people to possess guns. She declared that "The government will never tell me how many guns I can own, and how many bullets I am allowed to fire if someone were to attack me or my kids". Members of the Georgia III% Martyrs militia group were in close proximity to Greene at this event, apparently to affirm their second amendment rights.
According to her author biography page, Greene wrote 59 articles for the now-defunct conspiracy theory website, American Truth Seekers, including one linking the Democratic Party to "Child Sex, Satanism, and the Occult". When Greene stood as a candidate for the House of Representatives in 2020, she distanced herself from that conspiracy theory and said she had not referred to "Q" or QAnon during her campaign. She said she no longer had a connection with it and mentioned, in an interview for Fox News in August 2020, having found "misinformation".
In July 2020, Greene said on Twitter that "children should not wear masks," rejecting recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health professionals. She described restrictions imposed in the United States Capitol in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including face mask requirements, as "Democrat tyrannical control". She opposes any form of mandatory mask-wearing, compulsory vaccination or lockdowns in response to the pandemic. She described mask-wearing "oppressive" on Twitter, prompting a response from NIAID director Anthony Fauci, who described Greene's stance as "disturbing". Greene refused to wear a mask in a secured room during the storming of the United States Capitol.
Greene opposes abortion. In an August 2020 interview with Fox News, she indicated her support for defunding Planned Parenthood.
On September 3, 2020, Greene shared a meme to her Facebook page depicting herself holding an AR-15 style rifle next to a collage of pictures of Democratic congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Greene claimed that it was time for Republicans to "go on the offense against these socialists who want to rip our country apart". The caption underneath the images read "Squad’s worst nightmare."
Greene is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump; on January 4, 2021, she called for decertification of Georgia′s Electoral College certification. Following the second impeachment of Donald Trump, she announced her intention of filing impeachment articles against Joe Biden on January 21.
In response to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Greene called for an end to violence and support for President Trump. She refused to wear a face mask while sheltering in place during the riot, and during the debate to remove the President from office she tweeted, "Democrats must be held accountable for the political violence inspired by their rhetoric." Congressman Jason Crow (D-CO) called her "depraved" and "dangerous".
On January 13, 2021, Greene stated that she would file articles of impeachment against Joe Biden alleging abuse of power on January 21, 2021, the day after Biden's inauguration. In an interview with Greg Kelly of Newsmax, she claimed Biden is "willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, foreign Chinese energy companies, [and] Ukrainian energy companies."
Greene's Twitter account was temporarily suspended for 12 hours on January 17, 2021. A Twitter spokesperson stated that Greene's account "has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy." Twitter's action was based on a company policy that "it recently used to remove thousands of QAnon-related accounts" after the storming of the United States Capitol. Prior to the 12-hour suspension, Greene's posts included disproven claims about voting fraud and statements blaming electoral officials in Georgia for their failure to act on such (debunked) claims. On her return to Twitter the next day, she insisted: "Contrary to how highly you think of yourself and your moral platitude, you are not the judge of humanity. God is."