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Rep. John Dingell

Former Representative for Michigan’s 12th District

Dingell was the representative for Michigan’s 12th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 2003 to 2012; the representative for Michigan’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 2002; and the representative for Michigan’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 1955 to 1964.

Photo of Rep. John Dingell [D-MI12, 2013-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Dingell.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dingell is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 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 Dingell sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Dingell was the primary sponsor of 44 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Dingell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (41%) Government Operations and Politics (24%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (24%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Dingell’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 1765 (113th): Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013
Apr 26, 2013. Passed 361/41.
Yea H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.Res. 915 (111th): Encouraging the Republic of Hungary to respect the rule of law, treat foreign investors fairly, and promote ...
Dec 8, 2009. Passed 333/74.
Nay H.Res. 317 (111th): Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and ...
Sep 15, 2009. Passed 312/108.
Nay H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1956 to Dec 2014, Dingell missed 2,265 of 28,066 roll call votes, which is 8.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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