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Rep. Brett Guthrie

Representative for Kentucky’s 2nd District

pronounced bret // GUTH-ree

Guthrie is the representative for Kentucky’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2009. Guthrie’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY2]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Guthrie 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 Guthrie has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 2, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Brett Guthrie sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Guthrie was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 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

Guthrie sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (43%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Commerce (13%) Education (10%) Labor and Employment (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Guthrie recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Guthrie voted Yea

Guthrie voted Yea

Guthrie voted Yea

Passed 284/149 on Jul 25, 2019.

Guthrie voted Yea

Passed 266/167 on Oct 28, 2015.

This vote turned this bill into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by replacing the text of the bill in whole. H.R. 1314 was previously …

Guthrie 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 …

Guthrie voted Aye

Guthrie voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Guthrie voted No

Guthrie voted Yea

Guthrie voted No

Guthrie voted Nay

Passed 310/106 on Oct 22, 2009.

Guthrie voted No

Passed 323/95 on Feb 24, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Dec 2022, Guthrie missed 71 of 8,886 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. 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.

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Primary Sources

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