Buck is the representative for Colorado’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Buck is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
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Read our 2019 Report Card for Buck.
Buck 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 Buck has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 20, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Ken Buck sits on the following committees:
Buck was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1330: Amache Study Act
- H.R. 6779 (115th): Using Data to Prevent Opioid Diversion Act of 2018
- H.R. 5844 (115th): Amache Study 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).
Buck sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (20%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Crime and Law Enforcement (16%) Law (12%) International Affairs (8%) Immigration (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)
Some of Buck’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8282: Saving American History Act of 2020
- H.Res. 1071: Expressing support for the Nation’s law enforcement officers.
- H.R. 7824: Slave-Free Business Certification Act of 2020
- H.R. 7825: PEEPS Act
- H.R. 7043: No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act
- H.R. 6896: No TikTok on Government Devices Act
- H.R. 6046: Castle Pines Community Act
From Jan 2015 to Oct 2020, Buck missed 204 of 3,454 roll call votes, which is 5.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% 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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