Gianforte was the representative for Montana’s at-large district and was a Republican. He served from 2017 to 2020.
In 2017 Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter in 2017 the night before he was elected to Congress.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Gianforte.
Gianforte is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 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 Gianforte sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Gianforte was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1267: B–47 Ridge Designation Act
- H.R. 1972: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 West Kent Avenue in Missoula, Montana, as the “Jeannette Rankin Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1918: To designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bozeman, Montana, as the “Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic”.
- H.R. 297: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019
- H.R. 426: Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act
- H.R. 4645 (115th): East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
- H.R. 5429 (115th): SIREN Act of 2018
Does 10 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).
Gianforte sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (37%) Health (15%) Water Resources Development (15%) Native Americans (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Taxation (7%)
Some of Gianforte’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8761: Flood Protection Modernization Fairness Act of 2020
- H.R. 8218: Rural Ambulance Reimbursement Fairness Act
- H.R. 7948: Tribal Health Data Improvement Act of 2020
- H.R. 7350: Standard FEES Act
- H.R. 6936: Advancing Gig Economy Act
- H.R. 5763: National Telehealth Strategy and Data Advancement Act
- H.R. 5579: LIST Act of 2020
From Jun 2017 to Dec 2020, Gianforte missed 120 of 1,853 roll call votes, which is 6.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. 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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