Pelosi is the representative for California’s 12th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Pelosi is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
She is also Speaker of the House, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
She was previously the representative for California’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; and the representative for California’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 1987 to 1992.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Pelosi.
Pelosi 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 Pelosi has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Pelosi was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3119 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 867 Stockton Street in San Francisco, California, as the “Lim Poon Lee Post Office”.
- H.R. 3221 (110th): Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
- H.R. 5140 (110th): Economic Stimulus Act of 2008
- H.R. 1953 (109th): San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 2457 (103rd): Winter Run Chinook Salmon Captive Broodstock Act of 1993
- H.R. 5923 (102nd): For the relief of Anna C. Massari.
- H.J.Res. 148 (101st): Designating March 1989 as “Women’s History Month”.
Does 7 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).
Pelosi sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Private Legislation (100%)
Some of Pelosi’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3325: To award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and ...
- H.R. 1085: To award three congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and ...
- H.Res. 111: Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
- H.R. 1548 (116th): For the relief of Maria Carmen Castro Ramirez and J. Refugio Carreno ...
- H.R. 780 (115th): For the relief of Maria Carmen Castro Ramirez and J. Refugio Carreno ...
- H.R. 4290 (114th): Puerto Rico Emergency Financial Stability Act of 2015
- H.Res. 355 (114th): Raising a question of the privileges of the House.
As Speaker of the House, Pelosi may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.
From Jun 1987 to Jun 2021, Pelosi missed 1,033 of 16,658 roll call votes, which is 6.2%. This is much 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills