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Rep. Ken Buck

Representative for Colorado’s 4th District

pronounced ken // buk


Buck is the representative for Colorado’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Buck’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Buck is among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election and culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the election, Buck joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO4]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 3, 2017 to Dec 2, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Ken Buck sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Buck 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

Buck sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (22%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) International Affairs (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Taxation (11%) Immigration (8%) Education (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Buck recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Buck voted Nay

Buck voted Nay

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 …

Buck voted Nay

Buck voted Nay

Passed 388/5 on Apr 23, 2020.

The federal government has enacted four main stimulus laws in response to the covid-19 pandemic. Here’s a brief rundown of what each of these legislative …

Buck voted Nay

Passed 415/2 on Mar 4, 2020.

The federal government has enacted four main stimulus laws in response to the covid-19 pandemic. Here’s a brief rundown of what each of these legislative …

Buck voted Nay

Passed 419/5 on Sep 10, 2019.

Buck voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

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. …

Buck voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2022, Buck missed 240 of 4,421 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% 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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Primary Sources

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