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Rep. Bruce Braley

Former Representative from Iowa’s 1st District, Democrat

Braley, a Democrat, was the representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district from 2007 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Bruce Braley [D-IA1, 2007-2014]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Braley.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Braley sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Braley is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Braley was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Braley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (24%) Health (16%) Education (10%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Energy (5%) International Affairs (5%) Commerce (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Braley’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
Aye H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
No H.Res. 1766 (111th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the ...
Dec 16, 2010. Passed 214/201.
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.R. 3548 (111th): Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009
Sep 22, 2009. Passed 331/83.
No H.R. 3056 (110th): Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007
Oct 10, 2007. Passed 232/173.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Dec 2014, Braley missed 313 of 6,341 roll call votes, which is 4.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. ProPublica has tracked 143 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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