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Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky

Representative for Illinois’s 9th District

pronounced JA-nuss // shuh-KOW-skee

Schakowsky is the representative for Illinois’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 6, 1999. Schakowsky is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Schakowsky.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Schakowsky 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Schakowsky has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 13, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Janice “Jan” Schakowsky sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Schakowsky was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Schakowsky sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (53%) Taxation (13%) Commerce (9%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Schakowsky voted Nay

Passed 406/4 on Jul 17, 2018.

Schakowsky voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of ...

Schakowsky voted Nay

Passed 395/3 on Apr 26, 2016.

Schakowsky voted Yea

Schakowsky voted No

Schakowsky voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Schakowsky voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Schakowsky voted No

Schakowsky voted Aye

Schakowsky voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Sep 2019, Schakowsky missed 287 of 14,051 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% 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 and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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