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 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
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Read our 2019 Report Card for DeSaulnier.
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 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 Oct 20, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Mark DeSaulnier sits on the following committees:
DeSaulnier was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 432: Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act
- H.R. 606 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1025 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, California, as the “Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1719 (115th): John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act
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).
DeSaulnier sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (23%) Health (18%) Education (13%) Taxation (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Water Resources Development (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of DeSaulnier’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8583: To amend the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act to require employers who ...
- H.R. 8377: CEO Accountability and Responsibility Act
- H.R. 8187: Protection and Advocacy in Education Act
- H.R. 7962: Metropolitan Planning Enhancement Act
- H.R. 7585: Rosie the Riveter National Historic Site Expansion Act
- H.R. 7328: Community Services Block Grant Enhancement Act of 2020
- H.R. 5783: Equitable Transit Oriented Development Support Act
From Jan 2015 to Oct 2020, DeSaulnier missed 45 of 3,454 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.3% 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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