Read our 2018 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 liberal–conservative 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 Oct 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Barbara Lee sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Appropriations
- Vice Chair, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
- House Committee on the Budget
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%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Education (8%) Taxation (7%)
Some of Lee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4682: To provide for United States participation in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and for other ...
- H.Res. 606: Calling for sickle cell trait research, surveillance, and public education and awareness, and ...
- H.R. 4525: Student Support Act
- H.Res. 574: Supporting the teaching of climate change in schools.
- H.Res. 562: Expressing condolences and long-term support to the people of The Bahamas in the ...
- H.Res. 495: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the prevention of Iran ...
- H.Res. 429: Affirming the right of all renters to a safe, affordable, and decent home.
From Apr 1998 to Oct 2019, Lee missed 508 of 14,533 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% 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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