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Rep. John D. 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 D. 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 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 from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. 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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Does 44 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

Dingell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recently Introduced Bills

Dingell recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Dingell voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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Dingell voted Aye

Dingell voted No

Dingell voted Nay

Dingell voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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