Rep. James “Jim” Leach

Former Representative from Iowa’s 2nd District, Republican

Leach, a Republican, was the representative for Iowa's 2nd congressional district from 2003 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district (1977-2002).



Our unique analysis of the bills Leach sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Leach is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Leach was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Leach sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Commerce (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) International Affairs (13%) Law (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 2006, Leach missed 630 of 16,493 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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