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Rep. John Moolenaar

Representative for Michigan’s 4th District

pronounced jon // MUUL-uh-nahr


Moolenaar is the representative for Michigan’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Moolenaar’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Moolenaar is among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election and culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the election, Moolenaar joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI4]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Moolenaar 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 Moolenaar has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Nov 22, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

John Moolenaar sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Moolenaar was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Moolenaar sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (28%) Taxation (22%) Education (17%) Native Americans (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Moolenaar recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Moolenaar voted Nay

Moolenaar voted Yea

Passed 254/175 on Jul 27, 2022.

Moolenaar voted Nay

Moolenaar voted Yea

Moolenaar voted Yea

Passed 276/149 on Oct 22, 2021.

Moolenaar voted Yea

Moolenaar voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Moolenaar voted Yea

Moolenaar 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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Nov 2022, Moolenaar missed 23 of 4,406 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. 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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