Lee is the representative for California’s 13th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Lee is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
She was previously the representative for California’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1998 to 2012.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Lee.
Lee 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Lee has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 22, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Barbara Lee sits on the following committees:
Lee was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 1409 (109th): Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005
Does 1 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).
Lee sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (26%) Health (23%) Education (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Social Welfare (8%) Taxation (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Lee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8192: COVID Community Care Act
- H.Res. 1024: Recognizing the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations.
- H.R. 7217: Confederate Monument Removal Act
- H.Res. 1003: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding wasteful Pentagon spending and ...
- H.Con.Res. 100: Urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and ...
- H.Res. 985: Expressing the moral responsibility of Congress to end adult and child poverty in ...
- H.R. 6054: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of 2020
From Apr 1998 to Sep 2020, Lee missed 509 of 14,871 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is 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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