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Rep. Michael Guest

Representative for Mississippi’s 3rd District

pronounced MĪ-kul // gest


Guest is the representative for Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Guest is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Guest is among the Republican legislators whose attempt to disenfranchise Democratic states in the 2020 presidential election was a part of the months-long attempted coup that included the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the 2020 election, Guest joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted based on lies, conspiracy theories, and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Guest voted for the exclusion of all of the votes in Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the Electoral College count that determined the next President of the United States. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote.
Photo of Rep. Michael Guest [R-MS3]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Guest.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Guest 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 Guest has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 3, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 84% League of Conservation Voters: 10% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Michael Guest sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Guest was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Guest sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (36%) International Affairs (27%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Immigration (18%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Guest voted Nay

Guest voted Yea

Passed 379/51 on Oct 19, 2021.

Guest voted Nay

Guest voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Guest voted Yea

Guest voted Nay

Guest voted Nay

Passed 403/16 on Oct 29, 2019.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Dec 2021, Guest missed 43 of 1,355 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% 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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