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Rep. Clay Higgins

Representative for Louisiana’s 3rd District

pronounced klay // HI-ginz

Higgins is the representative for Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Higgins is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Clay Higgins [R-LA3]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Higgins.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Higgins 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Higgins has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 20, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 84% United States Chamber of Commerce: 82% FreedomWorks: 70% The Club for Growth: 67% NumbersUSA: 27% NIAC Action: D American Civil Liberties Union: 7% Human Rights Campaign: 0% League of Conservation Voters: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Clay Higgins sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Higgins sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (22%) Immigration (19%) Education (16%) Energy (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Taxation (6%) Emergency Management (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Higgins voted Aye

Passed 272/158 on Jul 25, 2019.

Higgins voted Nay

Higgins voted Nay

Passed 387/22 on Mar 11, 2019.

Should families receiving government assistance for housing be encouraged to move to more well-off neighborhoods? #### Context The government’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program was ...

Higgins voted Nay

Higgins voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Higgins voted Yea

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This ...

Higgins 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Sep 2019, Higgins missed 94 of 1,750 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% 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: