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Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick

Former Representative for Michigan’s 13th District

Kilpatrick was the representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2003 to 2010.

She was previously the representative for Michigan’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 1997 to 2002.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2009 Kilpatrick was investigated for receiving impermissible travel gifts. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Kilpatrick did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts. In 2010, Representative Kilpatrick lost the Democratic primary.

Jun. 8, 2009 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations
Feb. 26, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Kilpatrick did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts
2010 Kilpatrick lost the Democratic primary.
Photo of Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick [D-MI13, 2003-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kilpatrick is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Kilpatrick sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kilpatrick was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Kilpatrick sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (23%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Education (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Sports and Recreation (11%) Social Welfare (9%) Families (7%) Labor and Employment (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kilpatrick voted Nay

Kilpatrick voted No

Kilpatrick voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Kilpatrick voted No

Kilpatrick voted Nay

Kilpatrick voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2010, Kilpatrick missed 695 of 9,363 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: