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Rep. Lou Barletta

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th District

pronounced loo // bar-LET-uh

Barletta was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA11, 2011-2018]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Barletta.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Barletta is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Barletta sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

NumbersUSA: 96% Americans for Prosperity: 83% United States Chamber of Commerce: 75% FreedomWorks: 55% The Club for Growth: 49% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: C- NIAC Action: D American Civil Liberties Union: 7% League of Conservation Voters: 6% Human Rights Campaign: 0%

Enacted Legislation

Barletta was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Barletta sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Emergency Management (24%) Immigration (21%) Taxation (16%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Agriculture and Food (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) International Affairs (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Barletta voted Yea

Passed 277/151 on Sep 30, 2015.

This was a vote to agree to the provisions to keep the government funded through December 11, 2015 that the Senate had added in a ...

Barletta voted No

Barletta voted Not Voting

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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Barletta voted No

Passed 357/60 on Feb 27, 2015.

This bill was the vehicle for the passage of continuing appropriations. This bill started out as the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. It ...

Barletta 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 ...

Barletta voted Aye

Barletta voted Yea

Barletta voted Nay

Passed 245/139 on Nov 30, 2012.

Barletta voted Nay

Barletta voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2018, Barletta missed 275 of 5,345 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. 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: