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Rep. Peter Visclosky

Representative for Indiana’s 1st District

pronounced PEE-ter // viss-KLAW-skee

Visclosky is the representative for Indiana’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 1985. Visclosky is next up for reelection in 2020.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2009 Visclosky was investigated for soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for legislative outcomes. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges.

Dec. 2, 2009 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations
Feb. 26, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges on the OCE's recommendation
Photo of Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN1]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Visclosky.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Peter Visclosky sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Visclosky was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 10 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

Visclosky sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (50%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (50%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Visclosky voted Yea

Passed 279/72 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 1071 recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens. The United ...

Visclosky voted Nay

Visclosky 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 ...

Visclosky 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 ...

Visclosky voted Aye

Visclosky 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 1985 to Dec 2019, Visclosky missed 432 of 21,491 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with 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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