Bass is the representative for California’s 37th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Bass is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
She was previously the representative for California’s 33rd congressional district as a Democrat from 2011 to 2012.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Bass.
Bass 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 Bass has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Karen Bass sits on the following committees:
Bass was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1496 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3585 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, California, as the “Marvin Gaye Post Office”.
- H.R. 6472 (115th): Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act of 2018
- H.R. 4998 (115th): Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act
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).
Bass sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Bass’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3890: To amend the Public Health Service Act to address physician assistant training needs, ...
- H.R. 3862: To provide for a Community-Based Emergency and Non-Emergency Response Grant Program.
- H.Res. 445: Condemning all violence and human rights abuses in Ethiopia, and calling on the ...
- H.R. 3473: Build Local, Hire Local Act
- H.R. 3372: To authorize implementation grants to community-based nonprofits to operate one-stop reentry centers.
- H.Res. 392: Supporting the designation of May 13, 2021, as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day” ...
- H.Res. 381: Recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the ...
From Jan 2011 to Jun 2021, Bass missed 549 of 6,479 roll call votes, which is 8.5%. This is much worse 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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