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Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House and Representative for California’s 12th District

pronounced NAN-see // puh-LOH-see

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 2020.

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.

Photo of Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Pelosi.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Pelosi was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Pelosi sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (100%)

Recent Bills

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

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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.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Pelosi voted Yea

Passed 256/164 on Jan 11, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill would extend so-called "section 702" government surveillance under ...

Pelosi voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of ...

Pelosi voted Yea

Passed 331/87 on Apr 4, 2017.

In 1988, the SEC adopted Rule 701 under the Securities Act to allow private companies to sell securities to their employees without the need to ...

Pelosi 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 ...

Pelosi voted Nay

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 ...

Pelosi voted Aye

Pelosi voted Nay

Pelosi voted Nay

Pelosi voted No

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 Jun 1987 to Dec 2019, Pelosi missed 1,033 of 16,582 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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Primary Sources

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