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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 is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Moolenaar is among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 2020 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 discounted based on lies, conspiracy theories, 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.
Photo of Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI4]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Moolenaar.

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 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% The Club for Growth: 65% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 6% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

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:

Taxation (36%) Government Operations and Politics (36%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Native Americans (14%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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 262/151 on Dec 10, 2019.

Moolenaar voted Yea

Moolenaar voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

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. …

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 …

Moolenaar voted Nay

Passed 328/51 on Feb 2, 2015.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Nov 2021, Moolenaar missed 23 of 3,875 roll call votes, which is 0.6%. This is better than the median of 2.1% 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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