Read our 2022 Report Card for Sarbanes.
Sarbanes 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 Sarbanes has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 21, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
John Sarbanes sits on the following committees:
Sarbanes was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6263 (116th): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive cost sharing under the Medicare program for certain visits relating to testing for COVID-19.
- H.R. 1722 (111th): Telework Enhancement Act of 2010
- H.R. 4322 (111th): National Foundation on Physical Fitness and Sports Establishment Act
- H.R. 3218 (110th): To designate a portion of Interstate Route 395 located in Baltimore, Maryland, as “Cal Ripken Way”.
- H.R. 1388 (110th): Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Act
Does 5 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).
Sarbanes sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (56%) Environmental Protection (25%) Health (19%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Sarbanes recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 9021 (117th): Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act
- H.R. 7897 (117th): PFAS Reference Standards Act
- H.R. 7486 (117th): No Child Left Inside Act of 2022
- H.R. 4064 (117th): Preventing Election Subversion Act of 2021
- H.R. 3540 (117th): Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2021
- H.R. 2060 (117th): Federal Building Clean Jobs Act of 2021
- H.R. 2059 (117th): Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2007 to Mar 2023, Sarbanes missed 138 of 10,973 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||5||0||0.0%||0th|
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
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills