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Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Former Representative for Maine’s 2nd District

pronounced brooss // PAWL-uh-kwin

Poliquin was the representative for Maine’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2015 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R-ME2, 2015-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Poliquin.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Poliquin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Poliquin sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Poliquin 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

Poliquin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (16%) Taxation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Commerce (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Poliquin recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Poliquin voted No

Passed 229/199 on Jul 18, 2017.

H.R. 806 seeks to facilitate more efficient implementation of ozone standards, and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program generally. Key provisions would: - …

Poliquin voted Yea

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 …

Poliquin voted Nay

Passed 228/194 on Feb 1, 2017.

H.J.Res. 38, now P.L. 115-5, disapproved of the rule submitted by the Department of Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule. The new rule attempted …

Poliquin voted Nay

Passed 306/117 on Jul 14, 2016.

This bill was the vehicle for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which is the form it was enacted it. Prior to …

Poliquin voted No

Poliquin voted No

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 …

Poliquin voted Aye

Poliquin 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. …

Poliquin voted Nay

Passed 300/131 on Jun 10, 2015.

The Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 would repeal the requirement for meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. Currently …

Poliquin 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 …

Poliquin voted No

Passed 239/186 on Feb 3, 2015.

H.R. 596 would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the 2010 law that implemented President Obama’s healthcare reforms. The bill would direct the committees of …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2018, Poliquin missed 19 of 2,535 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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