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Rep. Joe Courtney

Representative for Connecticut’s 2nd District

pronounced joh // KOHRT-nee

Courtney is the representative for Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 4, 2007. Courtney’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Courtney 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 Courtney has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 2, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Joe Courtney sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Courtney was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Courtney sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (34%) Labor and Employment (22%) International Affairs (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Health (10%) Taxation (5%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Courtney recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Courtney voted Yea

Courtney voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe …

Courtney voted Aye

Passed 225/152 on Jun 1, 2015.

H.R. 1335 would: - Double the amount of time an emergency regulation can adjust a fishery management plan. - Add economic impact to "fishing communities" …

Courtney voted Yea

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 …

Courtney voted Aye

Courtney 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 …

Courtney voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Dec 2022, Courtney missed 114 of 10,762 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than 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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