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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
She was previously the representative for California’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1998 to 2012.
Read our 2020 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 3, 2017 to Nov 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Barbara Lee sits on the following committees:
Lee was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1923 (116th): Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020
- H.R. 1409 (109th): Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005
Does 2 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:
Health (26%) International Affairs (24%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Education (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Taxation (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)
Some of Lee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 813: Supporting the goals of World AIDS Day.
- H.Res. 767: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that it is the duty …
- H.Res. 649: Supporting the goals and ideals of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.
- H.Res. 624: Affirming the right of all renters to a safe, affordable, and decent home.
- H.Res. 615: Celebrating the goals and ideals of the first International Day for People of …
- H.R. 4373: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022
- H.R. 4272: Audit the Pentagon Act of 2021
From Apr 1998 to Dec 2021, Lee missed 519 of 15,316 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. 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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