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Rep. Ken Calvert

Representative for California’s 42nd District

pronounced ken // KAL-vert


Calvert is the representative for California’s 42nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Calvert is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for California’s 44th congressional district as a Republican from 2003 to 2012; and the representative for California’s 43rd congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002.

Calvert is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the election, Calvert 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.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Calvert voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. 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 Calvert [R-CA42]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Calvert 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 Calvert has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 1, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Ken Calvert sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Calvert was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 15 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

Calvert sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Environmental Protection (15%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Health (9%) Immigration (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Calvert recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Calvert voted Yea

Calvert 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 …

Calvert voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Calvert voted Aye

Calvert voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 …

Calvert voted Yea

Passed 310/106 on Oct 22, 2009.

Calvert voted Yea

Passed 321/105 on Mar 18, 2009.

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act or Serve America Act (H.R. 1388, Public Law 111-13) was introduced in the United States House of Representatives …

Calvert voted Aye

Calvert voted Aye

Passed 323/95 on Feb 24, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Jun 2022, Calvert missed 505 of 18,872 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with 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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Primary Sources

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