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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez

Former Representative for Illinois’s 4th District

pronounced loo-EESS // GOO-tee-er-ez

Gutiérrez was the representative for Illinois’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2018.


In 2017 Gutiérrez was investigated for having been arrested during a protest outside of the White House. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no action as the fine has been paid. On November 28, 2017, Representative Gutiérrez announced he would not seek reelection to Congress.

Sep. 14, 2017 House Committee on Ethics adopted a report recommending no action as the fine was paid
Nov. 28, 2017 Representative Gutiérrez announced he would not seek reelection to Congress.
Photo of Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4, 1993-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Gutiérrez.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gutiérrez 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gutiérrez sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gutiérrez was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Gutiérrez sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (50%) Taxation (25%) Immigration (25%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Gutiérrez recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Gutiérrez voted Aye

Passed 246/176 on Mar 2, 2017.

Gutiérrez voted No

Gutiérrez 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 …

Gutiérrez voted Nay

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 …

Gutiérrez voted No

Gutiérrez voted Nay

Gutiérrez 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 …

Gutiérrez voted Nay

Gutiérrez voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2018, Gutiérrez missed 2,254 of 17,159 roll call votes, which is 13.1%. 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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