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Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Former Representative for Illinois’s 16th District

pronounced A-dum // KIN-zing-er

Kinzinger was the representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2022.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 11th congressional district as a Republican from 2011 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL16, 2013-2022]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kinzinger is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2022 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Kinzinger sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 27, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kinzinger was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kinzinger sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (25%) Science, Technology, Communications (24%) Commerce (14%) Energy (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Health (6%) Immigration (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Kinzinger recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Kinzinger voted Yea

Kinzinger voted Yea

Kinzinger voted Yea

Passed 220/208 on Dec 9, 2021.

Kinzinger voted Yea

Kinzinger voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Kinzinger voted Nay

Passed 249/177 on Nov 17, 2015.

Kinzinger voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Kinzinger voted Aye

Kinzinger voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2022, Kinzinger missed 513 of 7,297 roll call votes, which is 7.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2022. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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