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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’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

LaHood is among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election and culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 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 discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies 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.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. Darin LaHood [R-IL18]

Analysis

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 7, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

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 (41%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Social Welfare (13%) Health (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

LaHood recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

LaHood voted Nay

LaHood voted Yea

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

LaHood voted Nay

Passed 361/66 on Sep 28, 2021.

The ratio was 100:1 starting in 1986, then 18:1 starting in 2010. Should it be 1:1 now? # Context Cocaine is federally classified as a …

LaHood voted Nay

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 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 2022, LaHood missed 60 of 3,942 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. 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

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