Watson Coleman is the representative for New Jersey’s 12th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 6, 2015. Watson Coleman is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Watson Coleman.
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 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 from Jan 3, 2017 to Apr 12, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Bonnie Watson Coleman sits on the following committees:
Watson Coleman was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6461 (115th): TSA National Deployment Force Act
- H.R. 2302 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 259 Nassau Street, Suite 2 in Princeton, New Jersey, as the “Dr. John F. Nash, ...
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).
Watson Coleman sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (24%) Crime and Law Enforcement (23%) Health (17%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Labor and Employment (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Emergency Management (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%)
Some of Watson Coleman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2115: To require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to apply certain procedures before granting ...
- H.R. 2116: To prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s texture or style of hair.
- H.Res. 242: Raising awareness of the racial disparities in the impact of colorectal cancer on ...
- H.R. 1893: To direct the Transportation Security Administration to develop a transportation security preparedness plan ...
- H.R. 1665: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny the deduction for ...
- H.R. 1475: To address mental health issues for youth, particularly youth of color, and for ...
- H.R. 1388: WPA Act
From Jan 2015 to Apr 2021, Watson Coleman missed 44 of 3,587 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.0% 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: