Lewis is the representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 1987. Lewis is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Lewis.
Lewis 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Lewis has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John Lewis sits on the following committees:
Lewis was the primary sponsor of 22 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1957: Great American Outdoors Act
- H.R. 3151: Taxpayer First Act
- H.R. 267: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017
- H.R. 5067 (114th): Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016
- H.R. 4488 (113th): Gold Medal Technical Corrections Act of 2014
- H.R. 3899 (112th): To provide for rollover treatment to traditional IRAs of amounts received in airline carrier bankruptcy.
- H.R. 4994 (111th): Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010
Does 22 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).
Lewis sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Lewis’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6055: Community Reentry Act of 2020
- H.Res. 851: Expressing support for designation of the month of February 2020 as “National Teen ...
- H.R. 5806: HELP Act of 2020
- H.R. 5517: Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act
- H.R. 5167: CORE Justice Act of 2019
- H.R. 4791: Neighborhood Noise Barriers Act of 2019
- H.Res. 611: Supporting the goals and ideals of “National Nonviolence Week” to raise awareness of ...
From Jan 1987 to Jul 2020, Lewis missed 1,491 of 20,777 roll call votes, which is 7.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% 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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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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills