Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2009 Kaptur was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges.
|Dec. 2, 2009||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismiss the allegations|
|Feb. 26, 2010||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges on the OCE's recommendation|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Kaptur.
Kaptur 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 Kaptur has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 23, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Marcy Kaptur sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Defense
Kaptur was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3712 (110th): To designate the United States courthouse located at 1716 Spielbusch Avenue in Toledo, Ohio, as the “James M. Ashley and Thomas W.L. Ashley United States Courthouse.”.
- H.R. 289 (108th): Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex Expansion and Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Expansion Act
- H.R. 2672 (100th): Veterans’ Home Loan Program Improvements and Property Rehabilitation Act of 1987
- H.J.Res. 436 (99th): A joint resolution to designate 1986 as “Save for the U.S.A. Year”, and for other purposes.
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).
Kaptur sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (26%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Labor and Employment (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)
Some of Kaptur’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3841: Stopping Aggressive Incursions on Liberty by Ordering Russian Sanctions Act
- H.R. 3807: Independent Labor Secretariat for Fair Trade Deals Act
- H.Res. 474: Condemning the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to ...
- H.R. 3511: Transforming Student Debt to Home Equity Act of 2019
- H.R. 3205: Coast Guard Youth STEM Programs Expansion Act
- H.R. 2960: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
- H.R. 2358: 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act
From Jan 1983 to Jul 2019, Kaptur missed 1,163 of 22,255 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills