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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 is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO4]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Buck.

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 liberal–conservative 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 Dec 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

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:

Taxation (24%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Law (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Buck voted Nay

Passed 389/8 on Oct 21, 2019.

Buck voted Nay

Passed 419/5 on Sep 10, 2019.

Buck voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Buck voted Nay

Passed 391/8 on Jun 20, 2017.

H.R. 2847 improves support for the transition to adulthood by updating the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program to allow states the option of ...

Buck voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Buck voted No

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.

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2019, Buck missed 192 of 3,217 roll call votes, which is 6.0%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: