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Rep. Jefferson Van Drew

Representative for New Jersey’s 2nd District

pronounced JEF-er-sun // van jroo

Van Drew is the representative for New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican (2019-), previously a Democrat (2019-2019). He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Van Drew is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Van Drew is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the election, Van Drew joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Van Drew voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. Jefferson Van Drew [R-NJ2]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Van Drew 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 Van Drew has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Aug 5, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Jefferson Van Drew sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Van Drew sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Transportation and Public Works (16%) Health (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Education (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) International Affairs (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Van Drew recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Van Drew voted Nay

Van Drew voted Nay

Van Drew voted Nay

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

Van Drew voted Nay

Van Drew voted Yea

Passed 221/205 on Jul 20, 2021.

Van Drew voted Yea

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 …

Van Drew voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Jul 2022, Van Drew missed 33 of 1,820 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with 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

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