Rep. Cliff Bentz
Representative for Oregon’s 2nd District
pronounced kliff // bents
Bentz is the representative for Oregon’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2021. Bentz is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 71 years old.
Our work to hold Congress accountable only matters if elections are decided by counting votes. President Trump, his senior government advisors, and Republican legislators collaborated to have the 2020 presidential election decided instead by incumbent politicians running in the very same election. Their attempts to suppress entire state-certified vote counts without adjudication in the courts and using a disinformation campaign of lies and conspiracy theories was a months-long, multifarious attempted coup.
Bentz was among the Republican legislators who participated in the attempted coup. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the violent insurrection at the Capitol, Bentz voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators pumped the lies and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol. The January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol, led on the front lines by militant white supremacy groups, attempted to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office by disrupting Congress’s count of electors.
Bentz did not request any earmarks for fiscal year 2024.
Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. More about FY2024 earmark requests from Demand Progress Education Fund »
Read our 2022 Report Card for Bentz.
Cliff Bentz sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Natural Resources
Federal Lands subcommittees
- Water, Wildlife and Fisheries subcommittee Chair
- House Committee on the Judiciary
Bentz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (60%) Environmental Protection (40%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Bentz recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.J.Res. 46: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, …
- H.R. 7616 (117th): To reduce the amount made available to the National Archives and Records …
- H.R. 6019 (117th): Northern Spotted Owl Habitat Improvement Act of 2021
- H.R. 5705 (117th): To make technical amendments to update statutory references to provisions reclassified to …
- H.R. 5708 (117th): To codify certain regulations relating to the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
- H.R. 4623 (117th): Commonsense Coordination Act
- H.R. 2562 (117th): SOS for Seedlings Act
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2021 to May 2023, Bentz missed 4 of 1,235 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.6% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Office of Rep. Bentz for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills