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Rep. Greg Gianforte

Former Representative for Montana’s At-Large District

pronounced greg // JI-un-fohr-tay


Gianforte was the representative for Montana’s at-large district and was a Republican. He served from 2017 to 2020.

Gianforte was among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 election, Gianforte joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence.

Misconduct

In 2017 Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter in 2017 the night before he was elected to Congress.

2017 Pleaded guilty.
Photo of Rep. Greg Gianforte [R-MT0, 2017-2020]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Gianforte.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

United States Chamber of Commerce: 83% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Enacted Legislation

Gianforte was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gianforte voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Gianforte voted Yea

Gianforte voted Nay

Passed 373/45 on Feb 5, 2020.

Gianforte voted Nay

Gianforte voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Gianforte voted No

Passed 240/186 on Feb 9, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have ...

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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