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Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Former Representative for Colorado’s 7th District

pronounced ed // PERL-mut-er

Perlmutter was the representative for Colorado’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2007 to 2022.

Photo of Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7, 2007-2022]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Perlmutter.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Perlmutter is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2022 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 Perlmutter sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 27, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Perlmutter was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Perlmutter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (24%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Health (16%) Energy (8%) Education (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Perlmutter recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Perlmutter voted Yea

Perlmutter voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

Perlmutter voted Nay

Passed 386/5 on Dec 20, 2018.

Should you be able to drive your water hyacinth plant to another state without being labeled a criminal under the law? #### Context There are …

Perlmutter 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 …

Perlmutter voted Yea

Passed 240/181 on Feb 7, 2017.

H.J.Res. 58, would disapprove and nullify the rule issued by the Department of Education on October 31, 2016, imposing new standards on teacher education and …

Perlmutter voted Nay

Perlmutter 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 …

Perlmutter voted Aye

Perlmutter voted Yea

Perlmutter 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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Dec 2022, Perlmutter missed 377 of 10,828 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2022. 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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