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Rep. Barbara Comstock

Former Representative for Virginia’s 10th District

pronounced BAHR-bruh // KOM-stok


Comstock was the representative for Virginia’s 10th congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 2015 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA10, 2015-2018]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Comstock.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Comstock is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Comstock sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D

Enacted Legislation

Comstock was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Comstock sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (29%) Science, Technology, Communications (25%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Comstock voted No

Failed 193/231 on Jun 21, 2018.

This bill would make sweeping changes to laws governing legal and illegal immigration. For legal immigration, it would end the diversity program and chain migration …

Comstock voted Nay

Passed 225/192 on Feb 15, 2018.

A bill which just passed the House would update the law for disabled Americans for modern times, say Republicans. Democrats say it would set disabled …

Comstock voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Oct 5, 2017.

H. Con. Res. 71 establishes the budget for fiscal year 2018 and the budget levels for fiscal years 2019-2027. Specifically, the resolution sets overall discretionary …

Comstock 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 …

Comstock voted No

Passed 217/213 on May 4, 2017.

The American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) was a leading proposal in the first half of 2017 by House Republicans to "repeal and replace" …

Comstock voted No

Comstock voted Yea

Passed 266/167 on Oct 28, 2015.

This vote turned this bill into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by replacing the text of the bill in whole. H.R. 1314 was previously …

Comstock voted Aye

Comstock voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. …

Comstock voted Nay

Passed 216/210 on Jun 9, 2015.

This bill is the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, a yearly federal spending bill. The bill began as the Transportation, …

Comstock 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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2018, Comstock missed 98 of 2,535 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: