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Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

Representative for California’s 11th District

pronounced mahrk // duh-SOHN-jay

DeSaulnier is the representative for California’s 11th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. DeSaulnier is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for DeSaulnier.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

DeSaulnier 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 DeSaulnier has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 13, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Mark DeSaulnier sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

DeSaulnier was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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

DeSaulnier sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (20%) Taxation (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Health (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Water Resources Development (9%) Education (9%) Labor and Employment (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

DeSaulnier voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

DeSaulnier voted Nay

Passed 395/19 on Mar 20, 2018.

H.R. 4566 amends Title I of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) to exempt nonbank financial institutions not under the ...

DeSaulnier voted Nay

DeSaulnier voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

DeSaulnier voted Nay

Passed 417/3 on Apr 27, 2017.

S. 496 repeals the Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform rule. On December 20, 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit ...

DeSaulnier voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of ...

DeSaulnier voted Nay

Passed 400/16 on Apr 5, 2017.

H.R. 1304 clarifies that federal regulators cannot redefine “stop-loss” insurance as “health insurance coverage” under federal law. Specifically, the legislation amends the Employee Retirement Income ...

DeSaulnier voted No

DeSaulnier voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

DeSaulnier 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jul 2019, DeSaulnier missed 32 of 3,049 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better 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.

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Primary Sources

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