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Rep. Paul Gosar

Representative for Arizona’s 4th District

pronounced pawl // GOH-sahr


Gosar is the representative for Arizona’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Gosar is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Arizona’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 2011 to 2012.

Gosar is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Gosar was a part of a coordinated campaign by the Trump Administration to pressure the Vice President to exclude some Democratic states from the electoral count rather than follow the Constitution's procedure in which Congress may vote to exclude electors, and other extrajudicial strategies to suppress certified election results. Gosar perpetuated a debunked conspiracy theory on the House floor ahead of the final electoral count. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Gosar voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators pumped the lies and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.

Misconduct

On Nov. 7, 2021, Rep. Gosar posted on his official social media accounts a video clip taken from the opening credits of an animated show called Attack of the Titans. The clip was altered to add real people's faces to various characters. The result was a character with his face killing one with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's face and flying at one, armed with swords, with President Biden's face. On Nov. 17, Rep. Gosar was censured and removed from his committee assignments (one of which he shared with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez) by a vote of 223-207.

Nov. 7, 2021 Rep. Gosar posted the video clip.
Nov. 17, 2021 House of Representatives censured Rep. Gosar and removed him from committee assignments
Photo of Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ4]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gosar 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 Gosar has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Aug 5, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Paul Gosar sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Gosar was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 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

Gosar sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (25%) Immigration (17%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Environmental Protection (8%) International Affairs (8%) Education (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Gosar recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Gosar voted Nay

Gosar voted Nay

Passed 426/3 on Mar 2, 2022.

Gosar voted Nay

Passed 380/4 on Feb 10, 2020.

Gosar voted Nay

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 …

Gosar voted No

Gosar 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 Jan 2011 to Jul 2022, Gosar missed 436 of 7,165 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. 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

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