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Rep. Peter Welch

Representative for Vermont’s At-Large District

pronounced PEE-ter // welch

Welch is the representative for Vermont’s at-large district and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 4, 2007. Welch is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

Rep. Peter Welch is currently voting by proxy under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since May 26, 2020, Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2] will be casting Welch’s vote. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Welch.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Welch 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 Welch has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 11, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Peter Welch sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Welch was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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

Welch sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (32%) Energy (31%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Education (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Immigration (6%) Taxation (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Welch voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

Welch voted No

Welch 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 ...

Welch 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 ...

Welch voted Nay

Welch voted No

Welch voted Aye

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 ...

Welch voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jul 2020, Welch missed 227 of 9,754 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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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