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Rep. Albio Sires

Representative for New Jersey’s 8th District

pronounced AL-bi-oh // SEER-uss

Sires is the representative for New Jersey’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Sires is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 13th congressional district as a Democrat from 2006 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Sires.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

The chart is based on the bills Sires has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 1, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Albio Sires sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Sires was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Sires sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (43%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Health (7%) Immigration (7%) Taxation (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Commerce (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Sires’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sires voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Sires voted Aye

Passed 241/173 on Apr 15, 2016.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a Republican bill that would block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from regulating the ...

Sires 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 ...

Sires voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Sires voted Aye

Sires 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 ...

Sires voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Nov 2006 to May 2020, Sires missed 491 of 9,719 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

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