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Rep. Darin LaHood

Representative for Illinois’s 18th District

pronounced DAR-un // luh-HUUD


LaHood is the representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Sep 17, 2015. LaHood is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

LaHood is among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 2020 election, LaHood joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted based on lies, conspiracy theories, and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.
Photo of Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL18]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for LaHood.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

LaHood 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 LaHood has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 3, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 75% United States Chamber of Commerce: 75% League of Conservation Voters: 1% Human Rights Campaign: 0% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Darin LaHood sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

LaHood was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

LaHood sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (40%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (16%) Social Welfare (13%) International Affairs (7%) Environmental Protection (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Health (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

LaHood voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

LaHood voted Yea

LaHood voted Yea

LaHood 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 …

LaHood voted Aye

Passed 360/61 on Dec 8, 2016.

The WIIN (Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation) Act was a 277-page bill dealing with federal water policies, particularly for drought-stricken areas. It’s so complex …

LaHood voted Nay

Passed 342/85 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

LaHood voted Nay

Passed 316/113 on Dec 18, 2015.

This vote was on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, also known as the omnibus spending bill. The bill would fund the federal government for the …

LaHood voted Nay

Passed 277/151 on Sep 30, 2015.

This was a vote to agree to the provisions to keep the government funded through December 11, 2015 that the Senate had added in a …

Missed Votes

From Sep 2015 to Dec 2021, LaHood missed 55 of 3,398 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: