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Rep. Daniel Lipinski

Former Representative for Illinois’s 3rd District

pronounced DAN-yul // lih-PIN-skee

Lipinski was the representative for Illinois’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2005 to 2020.

Photo of Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3, 2005-2020]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Lipinski.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lipinski is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 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 Lipinski sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Lipinski was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Lipinski sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (25%) Science, Technology, Communications (24%) Health (14%) Education (10%) Environmental Protection (8%) Taxation (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Lipinski recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Lipinski 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 …

Lipinski 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 …

Lipinski voted Aye

Lipinski voted Yea

Passed 235/191 on Sep 12, 2013.

This was the "vehicle" for passage of the bill that ended the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling. This bill was introduced regarding an …

Lipinski voted Aye

Passed 215/195 on Apr 27, 2012.

Lipinski 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 …

Lipinski voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2020, Lipinski missed 348 of 11,044 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. 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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Primary Sources

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