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Rep. Jay Obernolte

Representative for California’s 8th District

pronounced jay // OH-ber-nohl-tee

Obernolte is the representative for California’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2021. Obernolte is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Obernolte is among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Obernolte voted for the exclusion of all of the votes in Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the Electoral College count that determined the next President of the United States. Legislators voting to disenfranchise these states were fooled by, or actively participated in, the same lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the insurrection at the Capitol.
Photo of Rep. Jay Obernolte [R-CA8]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Obernolte 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 Obernolte has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 2, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Jay Obernolte sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Obernolte sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Science, Technology, Communications (33%) Native Americans (33%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (33%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Obernolte voted Yea

Passed 224/200 on Nov 4, 2021.

Obernolte voted Yea

Passed 379/51 on Oct 19, 2021.

Obernolte voted Nay

Passed 361/66 on Sep 28, 2021.

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Obernolte voted Yea

Obernolte voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2021 to Dec 2021, Obernolte missed 4 of 401 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.1% 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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