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.|
Read our 2016 Report Card for Honda.
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 from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.
Honda was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 500 (114th): Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act
- H.R. 6558 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1750 Lundy Avenue in San Jose, California, as the “Gordon N. Chan Post Office Building”.
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).
Honda sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (30%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (23%) Taxation (11%) Immigration (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) International Affairs (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%)
Some of Honda’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6510 (114th): Save the Children Act of 2016
- H.R. 6322 (114th): Norman Yoshio Mineta Congressional Gold Medal Act
- H.Res. 907 (114th): Recognizing Filipino American History Month and celebrating the history and culture of ...
- H.Res. 910 (114th): Supporting the ideals and goals of the “International Day for the Elimination ...
- H.Res. 908 (114th): Expressing support for designation of October 2016 as “Bullying Prevention Month”.
- H.Res. 909 (114th): Expressing support for the right to rescue animals.
- H.R. 6255 (114th): Norman Yoshio Mineta Congressional Gold Medal Act
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.
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|
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