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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
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 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 3, 2017 to Aug 9, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Clay Higgins sits on the following committees:
Higgins was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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).
Higgins sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Education (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Energy (14%) Immigration (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Health (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Higgins recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 7914: To prohibit the use of Federal funds to carry out Executive Order 14074.
- H.R. 7887: School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2022
- H.R. 7886: School Watch and Tactics Act of 2022
- H.Res. 1127: Honoring our Nation’s fallen law enforcement officers for National Police Week.
- H.Res. 1005: Honoring the life and legacy of the late Congressman Don Young of Alaska.
- H.R. 7158: Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act
- H.Res. 611: Calling for the immediate resignation of Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III.
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2017 to Jul 2022, Higgins missed 244 of 3,030 roll call votes, which is 8.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% 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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