Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Former Representative from Arizona’s 8th District, Democrat

Giffords, a Democrat, was the representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district from 2007 to 2012.



Our unique analysis of the bills Giffords sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Giffords is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Giffords sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Taxation (14%) Immigration (12%) Law (10%) Education (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jan 2012, Giffords missed 1,027 of 4,490 roll call votes, which is 22.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2012. ProPublica has tracked 30 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: