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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representative for Illinois’s 8th District

pronounced RAH-zhah // krish-nuh-MOR-thee

Krishnamoorthi is the representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Krishnamoorthi is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 50 years old.

Photo of Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL8]


Krishnamoorthi proposed $29 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $7 million to Village of Pingree Grove for “Village of Pingree Grove, Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) Upgrades Project. Pingree Grove, Illinois, 8th Congressional District”
  • $4 million to City of Elgin for “City of Elgin, Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Program”
  • $2.5 million to Itasca Fire Protection District for “New Itasca Fire Station, Itasca, Illinois, IL-08”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Krishnamoorthi.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Krishnamoorthi 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 Krishnamoorthi has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 26, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Raja Krishnamoorthi sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Krishnamoorthi was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Krishnamoorthi sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (20%) Health (17%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) International Affairs (8%) Labor and Employment (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Krishnamoorthi recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Krishnamoorthi voted Yea

Krishnamoorthi voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Krishnamoorthi voted Yea

Krishnamoorthi voted Nay

Passed 360/59 on May 22, 2018.

H.R. 5682 requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop and apply a risk and needs assessment system to identify a prisoner’s risk and assign …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Sep 2023, Krishnamoorthi missed 15 of 3,617 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 1.8% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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