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Rep. Chip Cravaack

Former Representative for Minnesota’s 8th District

Cravaack was the representative for Minnesota’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Chip Cravaack [R-MN8, 2011-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cravaack is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Cravaack sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 3 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

Cravaack sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (71%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (29%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cravaack voted Nay

Passed 330/77 on Dec 19, 2012.

Cravaack voted Aye

Cravaack voted Nay

Cravaack voted No

Passed 269/161 on Aug 1, 2011.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute enacted by the 112th ...

Cravaack voted No

Passed 218/210 on Jul 29, 2011.

Cravaack voted No

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 Jan 2013, Cravaack missed 16 of 1,606 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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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