Cleaver is the representative for Missouri’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 4, 2005. Cleaver is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Cleaver.
Cleaver 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 Cleaver has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Mar 3, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Emanuel Cleaver II sits on the following committees:
Cleaver was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4104 (116th): Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 1454 (113th): To make supplemental agricultural disaster assistance available for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 6198 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1700 Cleveland Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, as the “Reverend Earl Abel Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 3572 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4320 Blue Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri, as the “Wallace S. Hartsfield Post Office Building”.
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).
Cleaver sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Cleaver’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8915 (116th): Preparing Superfund for Climate Change Act of 2020
- H.R. 8914 (116th): Risk Management for Derivatives Clearing Organizations Act
- H.R. 8760 (116th): Restructuring Environmentally Sound Pensions in Order to Negate Disaster Act of 2020
- H.Res. 1142 (116th): Expressing support for the designation of September 4, 2020, as “National Polycystic ...
- H.R. 8291 (116th): TREE Act of 2020
- H.R. 7508 (116th): To provide supplemental appropriations to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and for ...
- H.R. 6964 (116th): To establish a lower Missouri River flood prevention program, and for other ...
From Jan 2005 to Mar 2021, Cleaver missed 622 of 11,106 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than 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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