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Rep. Don Bacon

Representative for Nebraska’s 2nd District

pronounced don // BAY-kun

Bacon is the representative for Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Bacon is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Don Bacon [R-NE2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Bacon.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bacon 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bacon has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% Americans for Prosperity: 83% FreedomWorks: 65% The Club for Growth: 50% NumbersUSA: 45% NIAC Action: D American Civil Liberties Union: 7% League of Conservation Voters: 6% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Don Bacon sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Bacon was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Bacon sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (24%) Emergency Management (12%) International Affairs (12%) Immigration (12%) Commerce (8%) Social Welfare (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bacon voted Aye

Passed 272/158 on Jul 25, 2019.

Bacon voted Aye

Passed 237/187 on Jun 4, 2019.

Bacon voted Yea

Bacon voted Yea

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Bacon voted Yea

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This ...

Bacon 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Dec 2019, Bacon missed 1 of 1,892 roll call votes, which is 0.1%. This is better than the median of 2.2% 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: