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Rep. James Comer

Representative for Kentucky’s 1st District

pronounced jaymz // KOH-mer

Comer is the representative for Kentucky’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Nov 14, 2016. Comer is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 51 years old.

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Comer proposed $25 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $12 million to Henderson City-County Airport for “Henderson Airport Runway Extension”
  • $5 million to Franklin County Fiscal Court for “Farmdale Sanitation District Interceptor Sewer System - Phase I”
  • $2.0 million to Crittenden Livingston Counties Water District for “Crittenden-Livingston Counties Water District Expansion - Phase I”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Comer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Comer 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 Comer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 26, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

James Comer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Comer was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Comer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (81%) Transportation and Public Works (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Comer recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Comer voted Nay

Comer voted Nay

Passed 403/17 on Sep 28, 2021.

Comer voted Nay

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 …

Comer voted Yea

Comer voted Nay

Comer voted No

Passed 232/188 on Nov 1, 2017.

H.R. 2936 expedites forest health projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and improves forest management activities on public lands and and Tribal lands …

Comer voted Nay

Passed 316/90 on Sep 8, 2017.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of government funding through Dec. 8, 2017, disaster relief, temporary suspension of the debt limit through Dec. 8, …

Comer voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe …

Missed Votes

From Nov 2016 to Sep 2023, Comer missed 25 of 3,664 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.8% 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

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