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Rep. Karen Bass

Representative for California’s 37th District

Bass, a Democrat, is the representative for California's 37th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 3, 2013. Bass is next up for reelection in 2018.

She was previously the representative for California's 33rd congressional district (2011-2012).

Photo of Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Bass.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% NIAC Action: A League of Conservation Voters: 89% Human Rights Campaign: 88% American Civil Liberties Union: 76% FreedomWorks: 11% Americans for Prosperity: 7% The Club for Growth: 1%

Committee Membership

Karen Bass sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bass sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (26%) Families (22%) Education (17%) Health (15%) Social Welfare (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Transportation and Public Works (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bass’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 2825: DHS Authorization Act of 2017
Jul 20, 2017. Passed 386/41.
H.R. 2825 authorizes the activities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides necessary oversight and guidance to the Department to ensure that it is effectively carrying out the mission of securing the homeland. A full section-by-section of the legislation can be found here ...
No H.R. 4127: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Dec 1, 2015. Passed 364/58.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
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. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 4681 (113th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
Dec 10, 2014. Passed 325/100.
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 4681 (113th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
May 30, 2014. Passed 345/59.
Nay H.Res. 441 (113th): Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3304, with an amendment.
Dec 12, 2013. Passed 350/69.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Nov 2017, Bass missed 427 of 4,772 roll call votes, which is 8.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 2 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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