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.
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|
Read our 2020 Report Card for Gosar.
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 May 7, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Paul Gosar sits on the following committees:
Gosar was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3314 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1750 McCulloch Boulevard North in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, as the “Lake Havasu City Combat ...
- H.R. 1268 (116th): Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act
- H.R. 755 (116th): Black Mountain Range and Bullhead City Land Exchange Act of 2019
- H.R. 756 (116th): Embry-Riddle Tri-City Land Exchange Completion Act of 2019
- H.R. 274 (116th): Cottonwood Land Exchange Act of 2019
- H.R. 304 (116th): La Paz County Land Conveyance Act
- H.R. 6304 (114th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the “Adolfo ‘Harpo’ Celaya Post Office”.
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).
Gosar sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (37%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Immigration (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Education (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Water Resources Development (6%) Energy (6%)
Some of Gosar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2404: To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of ...
- H.R. 2315: To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require the disclosure of ...
- H.R. 1827: To prohibit Federal funding of State firearm ownership databases, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1499: La Paz County Solar Energy and Job Creation Act of 2021
- H.R. 1127: Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act
- H.R. 855: VETS Safe Travel Act
- H.R. 538: Downwinders Parity Act of 2021
From Jan 2011 to Apr 2021, Gosar missed 423 of 6,432 roll call votes, which is 6.6%. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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