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Rep. Cedric Richmond

Representative for Louisiana’s 2nd District

pronounced SEJ-ruk // RICH-mund

Richmond is the representative for Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Richmond is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.

Voting Information

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Rep. Cedric Richmond is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Sep 30, 2020, Rep. Sharice Davids [D-KS3] will be casting Richmond’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Richmond.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Richmond 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 Richmond has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 20, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Cedric Richmond sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Richmond was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Richmond sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (22%) Crime and Law Enforcement (19%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Emergency Management (16%) Education (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%) Arts, Culture, Religion (5%) Housing and Community Development (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Richmond voted Nay

Passed 310/107 on Jul 22, 2020.

Richmond voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of ...

Richmond 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 ...

Richmond 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 ...

Richmond voted Aye

Richmond voted Aye

Richmond voted Yea

Richmond voted Aye

Richmond voted Nay

Passed 387/2 on Nov 4, 2011.

Richmond 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Oct 2020, Richmond missed 523 of 6,264 roll call votes, which is 8.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: