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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman

Representative for New Jersey’s 12th District

Watson Coleman, a Democrat, is the representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 6, 2015. Watson Coleman is next up for reelection in 2018.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Watson Coleman.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Watson Coleman 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 Watson Coleman has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union: 100% Human Rights Campaign: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% NIAC Action: A United States Chamber of Commerce: 49% The Club for Growth: 10% FreedomWorks: 5% Americans for Prosperity: 0%

Committee Membership

Bonnie Watson Coleman sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Watson Coleman sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Taxation (22%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Health (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Energy (9%) Emergency Management (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Watson Coleman’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Watson Coleman’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 1695: Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017
Apr 26, 2017. Passed 378/48.
This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of Copyrights is hired by the Librarian of Congress (who is the head of the Library of Congress). This bill would ...
No H.R. 4127: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Dec 1, 2015. Passed 364/58.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No 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. ...
Nay 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Nov 2017, Watson Coleman missed 23 of 1,962 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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