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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 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. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Gosar 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. Legislators voting to disenfranchise these states were fooled by, or actively participated in, the same lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal arguments about the election that motivated the insurrection at the Capitol.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In February 2018, a resolution to reprimand Rep. Gosar for attempting to pressure Capitol Police via Twitter to arrest State of the Union 2018 guests he described as "illegal aliens" was tabled (i.e. failed) on party lines, 231-187. Several Democratic representatives brought undocumented immigrants who are currently part of the DACA program to the speech.

Jan. 30, 2018 Asked Capitol Police to arrest DACA recipients attending the 2018 State of the Union address.
Feb. 6, 2018 House of Representatives tabled resolution of reprimand, 231-187
Photo of Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ4]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Gosar.

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 Jul 30, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 91% United States Chamber of Commerce: 83% League of Conservation Voters: 5% Human Rights Campaign: 0% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

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 (36%) Government Operations and Politics (22%) Immigration (10%) Education (8%) Energy (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Law (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gosar voted Nay

Passed 380/4 on Feb 10, 2020.

Gosar voted Nay

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 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 ...

Gosar voted No

Gosar voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Jul 2021, Gosar missed 425 of 6,553 roll call votes, which is 6.5%. 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: