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Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson

Representative for Idaho’s 2nd District

pronounced MĪ-kul // SIMP-sun

Simpson is the representative for Idaho’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 1999. Simpson is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Simpson.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Simpson 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 Simpson has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Michael “Mike” Simpson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Simpson was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 21 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

Simpson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (51%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Law (17%) Native Americans (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Simpson voted Yea

Passed 242/187 on Mar 27, 2019.

Simpson voted Nay

Simpson 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 ...

Simpson voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 ...

Simpson voted Aye

Simpson voted No

Simpson voted No

Simpson voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Simpson voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Oct 2019, Simpson missed 438 of 14,085 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. 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

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