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Rep. Devin Nunes

Representative for California’s 22nd District

pronounced DE-vin // NOO-ness


Nunes is the representative for California’s 22nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Nunes is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for California’s 21st congressional district as a Republican from 2003 to 2012.

On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Nunes voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States. Legislators voting to disenfranchise these states were fooled by, or actively participated in, the same lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the insurrection at the Capitol.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2018, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) announced it was investigating Nunes for receiving campaign contributions in excess of limits and from prohibited entities.

Mar. 20, 2018 Federal Elections Commission sent a letter to Nunes' campaign treasurer

In 2017 Nunes was investigated for unauthorized disclosures of classified information. The investigation is closed as of 12/07/2017.

Apr. 6, 2017 House Committee on Ethics opened an investigation
Dec. 7, 2017 House Committee on Ethics concluded that the information was not classified
Photo of Rep. Devin Nunes [R-CA22]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Nunes.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 91% The Club for Growth: 67% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 3% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Enacted Legislation

Nunes was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

Nunes sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (29%) Taxation (25%) Health (25%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) International Affairs (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Nunes 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 ...

Nunes 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 ...

Nunes voted Aye

Nunes voted No

Passed 269/161 on Aug 1, 2011.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute enacted by the 112th ...

Nunes voted Aye

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 ...

Nunes voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Nunes voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Mar 2021, Nunes missed 337 of 12,327 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% 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: