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Rep. Bob Goodlatte

Former Representative for Virginia’s 6th District

pronounced bob // GUUD-lat

Goodlatte was the representative for Virginia’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Goodlatte.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Goodlatte 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 Goodlatte sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Goodlatte was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 16 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

Goodlatte sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (22%) Law (22%) Crime and Law Enforcement (16%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Commerce (9%) Arts, Culture, Religion (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Goodlatte recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Goodlatte voted No

Passed 351/10 on Dec 19, 2018.

Goodlatte 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 …

Goodlatte voted Yea

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 …

Goodlatte voted Aye

Goodlatte voted Nay

Goodlatte voted No

Goodlatte 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 …

Goodlatte voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2018, Goodlatte missed 146 of 17,170 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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