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Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda

Former Representative for California’s 17th District

Honda was the representative for California’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2016.

He was previously the representative for California’s 15th congressional district as a Democrat from 2001 to 2012.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2015 Honda was investigated for using official resources for campaign purposes. The House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and Rep. Honda's response. Honda lost his 2016 election.

Jun. 5, 2015 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Sep. 3, 2015 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and Rep. Honda's response.
Jan. 2, 2017 House Committee on Ethics reported that election loss ended the committee's jurisdiction.
Photo of Rep. Michael “Mike” Honda [D-CA17, 2013-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Honda.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Honda is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 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 Honda sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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

Honda sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (30%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (23%) Taxation (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Immigration (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Health (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Honda’s Vote Vote Description
No S. 612: A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “George P. Kazen Federal Building ...
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 360/61.
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 2126 (113th): Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014
Mar 5, 2014. Passed 375/36.
Nay H.R. 1911 (113th): Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013
Jul 31, 2013. Passed 392/31.
6/17/2013: In what could become an annual occurrence, Congress yet again faces a looming deadline to resolve the problem of student loan interest rates. Without Congressional action, the rate on federally backed Stafford loans is set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on ...
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010
Apr 29, 2010. Passed 223/169.
Nay H.Res. 317 (111th): Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and ...
Sep 15, 2009. Passed 312/108.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Dec 2016, Honda missed 492 of 11,092 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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