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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 is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

Photo of Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY2]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Guthrie.

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 6, 2015 to Sep 18, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Brett Guthrie sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Guthrie was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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 (35%) Commerce (18%) Education (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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 Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

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 Sep 2020, Guthrie missed 65 of 7,896 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. 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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