Rep. Brenda Lawrence

Representative from Michigan’s 14th District, Democrat

Lawrence, a Democrat, is the representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district and has served since Jan 6, 2015 (next election in 2018) (map).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Lawrence.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Lawrence has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Lawrence is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Brenda Lawrence sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lawrence was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Lawrence sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (33%) Taxation (25%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Families (13%) Environmental Protection (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lawrence’s Vote Vote Description
Aye S. 612: A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “George P. Kazen Federal Building ...
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 360/61.
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Passed 342/85.
Aye H.R. 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
Jul 23, 2015. Passed 275/150.
This bill was enacted as S. 764. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the distribution and labeling related to bioengineered foods (often referred to as genetically modified foods or GMOs). It would ...
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. ...
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.Res. 162: Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Mar 23, 2015. Passed 348/48.
Aye H.R. 636: America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015
Feb 13, 2015. Passed 272/142.
This was a vote to pass H.R. 636 when it was the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. The bill subsequently became the vehicle for passage of an unrelated matter.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Mar 2017, Lawrence missed 33 of 1,515 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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