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Rep. Michelle Fischbach

Representative for Minnesota’s 7th District

pronounced mih-SHEL // FISH-bok

Fischbach is the representative for Minnesota’s 7th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. She has served since Jan 3, 2021. Fischbach is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. She is 57 years old.

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Elections must be decided by counting votes

Our work to hold Congress accountable only matters if elections are decided by counting votes. President Trump, his senior government advisors, and Republican legislators collaborated to have the 2020 presidential election decided by themselves rather than by voters. Their attempts to suppress entire state-certified vote counts without adjudication in the courts and using a disinformation campaign of lies and conspiracy theories was a months-long, multifarious attempted coup.

Fischbach was among the Republican legislators who participated in the attempted coup. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the violent insurrection at the Capitol, Fischbach voted to skip Arizona and/or Pennsylvania in the counting of presidential electors, states which returned certified results for Trump’s opponent. These legislators pumped the lies and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol. The January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol, led on the front lines by militant white supremacy groups, attempted to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office by disrupting Congress’s count of electors. President Trump was indicted in 2023 for soliciting the Vice President to subvert Congress’s certification of the election and his role in the fraudulent slates of electors and the insurrection at the Capitol.


Fischbach proposed $11 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $5 million to Norman County for “Norman County Arsenic Mitigation - West Central Regional Water Supply Project”
  • $3.4 million to City of Felton for “Felton and Georgetown Arsenic Mitigation - MN West Central Regional Water Supply Project”
  • $2.1 million to Red Rock Rural Water System for “Red Rock Rural Water System Tank Installation”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Fischbach.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fischbach 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 Fischbach has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 22, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Michelle Fischbach sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Fischbach was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Fischbach sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (36%) Health (27%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Transportation and Public Works (18%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Fischbach recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Fischbach voted Yea

Fischbach voted Nay

Fischbach voted Nay

Fischbach voted Yea

Passed 250/178 on Sep 22, 2022.

Fischbach voted Nay

Passed 359/62 on Jul 26, 2022.

Fischbach voted Nay

Fischbach voted Nay

Passed 336/85 on Jun 22, 2022.

Fischbach voted Nay

Fischbach voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2021 to Sep 2023, Fischbach missed 0 of 1,401 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 1.7% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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