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Rep. Madeleine Bordallo

Former Representative for Guam’s At-Large District

pronounced MA-duh-lin // ber-DA-loh

Bordallo was the representative from Guam and was a Democrat. She served from 2003 to 2018.

Because Guam is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — Bordallo can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2017 Bardallo was investigated for receiving profit from a foreign government; excess gifts; use of official funds for personal travel; and using congressional staff for personal services. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

Jun. 12, 2017 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee further review the allegation that Del. Bordallo received rental profit, received gifts of free lodging, meals, and amenities, and using official funds to pay for her lodging and meals, and recommended that the Committee dismiss the allegation that Del. Bordallo used her congressional staff to perform personal services
Jul. 27, 2017 House Committee on Ethics decided to extend the matter
Sep. 11, 2017 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and Rep. Bordallo's response
Photo of Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU, 2003-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Bordallo.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bordallo 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 Bordallo sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bordallo was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Bordallo sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (29%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) International Affairs (14%) Social Welfare (11%) Immigration (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Health (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Bordallo recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Primary Sources

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