McDermott, a Democrat, was the representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district from 1989 to 2016.
On Dec. 28, 2004, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated McDermott for improperly disclosing the contents of an intercepted cell-phone conversation to the news media and established investigative subcommittee. On Dec. 8, 2006, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded that McDermott’s conduct was inconsistent with the spirit of the applicable rules..
On Jul. 24, 1996, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated McDermott for conflict of interest (he participated in committee deliberations involving complaints filed with the substantial assistance of a person affiliated with his political action committee) and violation of committee confidentiality rules. The committee dismissed the complaint.
Read our 2016 Report Card for McDermott.
McDermott is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 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 McDermott sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
McDermott was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5444 (112th): Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012
- H.R. 5618 (111th): Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010
- H.R. 3548 (111th): Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009
- H.R. 6867 (110th): Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008
- H.R. 6893 (110th): Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
- H.R. 2608 (110th): SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act
- H.R. 5302 (106th): To designate the United States courthouse located at 1010 Fifth Avenue in Seattle, Washington, as the “William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse”.
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 about one third or more 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).
McDermott sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of McDermott’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6265 (114th): Medigap Consumer Protection Act of 2016
- H.R. 5947 (114th): Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act of 2016
- H.R. 5436 (114th): Protecting America’s Health Measures Act
- H.R. 5396 (114th): Medicare Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2016
- H.R. 5290 (114th): Housing for Homeless Students Act of 2015
- H.R. 5268 (114th): Medicare Beneficiary Enrollment Improvement Act
- H.R. 5069 (114th): Cybersecurity Systems and Risks Reporting Act
|McDermott’s Vote||Vote Description|
S. 612: A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “George P. Kazen Federal Building ...
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 360/61.
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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H.R. 2638 (110th): Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 370/58.
H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
From Jan 1989 to Dec 2016, McDermott missed 737 of 17,796 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills