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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman

Representative for New Jersey’s 12th District

pronounced BAH-nee // WOT-sun KOHL-mun

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 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since May 21, 2020, Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6] will be casting Watson Coleman’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 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 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 6, 2015 to Aug 11, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Bonnie Watson Coleman sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Watson Coleman was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Watson Coleman sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (21%) Taxation (21%) Health (17%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Labor and Employment (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Watson Coleman voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Watson Coleman voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

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 ...

Watson Coleman voted No

Watson Coleman voted Aye

Watson Coleman voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

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. ...

Watson Coleman voted Nay

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jul 2020, Watson Coleman missed 43 of 3,414 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. 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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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