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Rep. Mike Kelly

Representative for Pennsylvania’s 16th District

pronounced mīk // KEH-lee


Kelly is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Kelly is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican from 2011 to 2018.

Kelly 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, Kelly 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, Kelly 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.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Rep. Mike Kelly is accused of making a stock purchase, through his wife, based on nonpublic information he learned in his official duties.

Jul. 23, 2021 Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review by the House Committee on Ethics.
Sep. 7, 2021 House Committee on Ethics extended its investigation.
Oct. 21, 2021 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.
Photo of Rep. Mike Kelly [R-PA16]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Kelly.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 83% The Club for Growth: 60% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D League of Conservation Voters: 4% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 4% Human Rights Campaign: 0%

Committee Membership

Mike Kelly sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Kelly was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Kelly sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (55%) Health (26%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kelly voted Yea

Passed 276/149 on Oct 22, 2021.

Kelly voted Nay

Kelly voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion …

Kelly voted Nay

Passed 210/206 on Jun 7, 2018.

H.R. 8 rescinds nearly $15 billion of unobligated balances from previously appropriated funding. Specifically, the bill includes 34 rescissions totaling $14.835 billion and affects programs …

Kelly 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 …

Kelly 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 …

Kelly voted Aye

Kelly 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 …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2021, Kelly missed 80 of 6,704 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better 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: