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Rep. Brenda Lawrence

Representative for Michigan’s 14th District

pronounced BREN-duh // LOR-ins


Lawrence is the representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 6, 2015. Lawrence is next up for reelection in 2020.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since May 26, 2020, Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5] will be casting Lawrence’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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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Lawrence.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lawrence 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 Lawrence has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 1, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Brenda Lawrence sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lawrence 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

Lawrence sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (22%) Taxation (15%) Environmental Protection (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Health (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (10%) Families (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lawrence voted Yea

Passed 280/131 on Feb 8, 2018.

H.R. 1153 excludes insurance held in escrow and, under certain circumstances, fees paid to companies affiliated with the creditor from the costs that would be ...

Lawrence voted Yea

Lawrence 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 ...

Lawrence voted Nay

Passed 342/85 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Lawrence voted Nay

Lawrence voted Aye

Passed 275/150 on Jul 23, 2015.

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 ...

Lawrence voted Aye

Lawrence 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. ...

Lawrence voted Yea

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 ...

Lawrence voted Yea

Passed 286/140 on Apr 14, 2015.

Lawrence voted Aye

Passed 272/142 on Feb 13, 2015.

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to May 2020, Lawrence missed 95 of 3,351 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is on par with 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: