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Rep. Josh Harder

Representative for California’s 9th District

pronounced josh // HAHR-der

Harder is the representative for California’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2023. Harder is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 36 years old.

He was previously the representative for California’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 2019 to 2022.

Photo of Rep. Josh Harder [D-CA9]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Harder.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Harder 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 Harder has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 17, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Josh Harder sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Harder was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

Harder sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Health (13%) Labor and Employment (13%) Taxation (13%) Water Resources Development (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Commerce (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Harder recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Harder voted Yea

Passed 221/206 on Feb 1, 2023.

Harder voted Yea

Harder 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 …

Harder voted Yea

Harder voted Nay

Passed 284/149 on Jul 25, 2019.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Mar 2023, Harder missed 16 of 2,095 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than 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.

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Primary Sources

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