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.

Photo of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D-AZ8, 2007-2012]

Analysis

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)

Enacted Legislation

Giffords was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was 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

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

Key Votes

Giffords’s Vote Vote Description
Aye S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
Not Voting H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.Con.Res. 308 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Jul 29, 2010. Passed 231/189.
Nay H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010
Apr 29, 2010. Passed 223/169.
No H.R. 7321 (110th): Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act
Dec 10, 2008. Passed 237/170.
Nay H.Res. 1284 (110th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the House amendments to the Senate amendment to the ...
Jun 19, 2008. Passed 342/83.
Nay H.Con.Res. 355 (110th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of ...
May 20, 2008. Passed 239/175.
Not Voting H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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

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