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Rep. John Lewis

Representative for Georgia’s 5th District

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Lewis, a Democrat, is the representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 6, 1987. Lewis is next up for reelection in 2018.

Photo of Rep. John Lewis [D-GA5]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Lewis.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 92% NIAC Action: A American Civil Liberties Union: 88% United States Chamber of Commerce: 26% FreedomWorks: 15% Americans for Prosperity: 7% The Club for Growth: 4%

Committee Membership

John Lewis sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lewis was the primary sponsor of 17 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

Lewis sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (29%) International Affairs (14%) Health (14%) Education (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Families (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lewis’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.J.Res. 99: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes.
Apr 28, 2017. Passed 382/30.
This bill extended federal government funding through May 5, 2017. It was enacted on the day funding was to end. The federal government is currently funded through "continuing appropriations" legislation that maintains government spending levels as they were for arbitrary periods of time. Traditionally, though ...
No H.R. 4127: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Dec 1, 2015. Passed 364/58.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Nay 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 ...
Nay 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 ...
No H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 3, 2014. Passed 378/46.
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
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 ...
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.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2017, Lewis missed 1,315 of 19,408 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 234 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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