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Rep. Bob Goodlatte

Representative for Virginia’s 6th District

pronounced bob // GUUD-lat

Goodlatte, a Republican, is the representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 5, 1993. Goodlatte is next up for reelection in 2018.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Goodlatte.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Goodlatte 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 Goodlatte has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

FreedomWorks: 95% United States Chamber of Commerce: 91% Americans for Prosperity: 87% The Club for Growth: 77% League of Conservation Voters: 6% American Civil Liberties Union: 5% Human Rights Campaign: 0% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Bob Goodlatte sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Goodlatte was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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 sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Law (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Immigration (15%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Taxation (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Commerce (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Goodlatte’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 2658: Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017
Dec 7, 2017. Passed 388/29.
Nay S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.
Jul 14, 2016. Passed 306/117.
This bill was the vehicle for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which is the form it was enacted it. Prior to amendments, the bill regarded defunding Planned Parenthood and the National Sea Grant College Program. As enacted, the bill created national ...
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
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. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 623: Social Media Working Group Act of 2015
Feb 2, 2015. Passed 328/51.
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay S. 1603 (113th): Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act
Sep 16, 2014. Passed 359/64.
No H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2017, Goodlatte missed 128 of 16,640 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 15 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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