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Rep. Elizabeth Esty

Representative for Connecticut’s 5th District

Esty, a Democrat, is the representative for Connecticut's 5th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 3, 2013. Esty is next up for reelection in 2018.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Esty.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Esty 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 Esty has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 99% NIAC Action: A American Civil Liberties Union: 76% United States Chamber of Commerce: 51% FreedomWorks: 10% Americans for Prosperity: 5% The Club for Growth: 0%

Committee Membership

Elizabeth Esty sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Esty was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Esty sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Commerce (15%) Taxation (10%) Education (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Esty’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.Res. 937: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (S. 2943) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department ...
Dec 1, 2016. Passed 277/139.
Yea H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Oct 1, 2015. Passed 270/156.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a comprehensive defense spending bill. At almost 1,000 pages long it will direct funding for procurement, research, and operation of defense technology, establish military policy, and address other matters pertaining to national defense. It has ...
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
No H.R. 1731: National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015
Apr 23, 2015. Passed 355/63.
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 2668 (113th): Fairness for American Families Act
Jul 17, 2013. Passed 251/174.
Yea H.R. 249 (113th): Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013
Apr 15, 2013. Failed 250/159.
Nay H.R. 592 (113th): Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013
Feb 13, 2013. Passed 354/72.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2017, Esty missed 31 of 3,200 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 14 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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