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Rep. Gregorio Sablan

Representative for the Northern Mariana Islands’s At-Large District

pronounced grih-GOH-ree // sub-LON

Sablan is the representative from the Northern Mariana Islands and is a Democrat (2017-), previously an Independent (2009-2009), a Democrat (2009-2014), and an Independent caucusing with the Democrats (2015-2016). He has served since Jan 6, 2009. Sablan is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 68 years old.

Because the Northern Mariana Islands is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — Sablan can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

Photo of Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Sablan.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sablan 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 Sablan has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 23, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Gregorio Sablan sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Sablan was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Sablan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Labor and Employment (18%) Immigration (18%) Education (13%) Health (13%) Commerce (8%) Agriculture and Food (8%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sablan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Mar 2023, Sablan missed 117 of 730 roll call votes, which is 16.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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