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Rep. Ralph Abraham

Representative for Louisiana’s 5th District

pronounced ralf // AYB-ruh-ham

Abraham is the representative for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Abraham is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Ralph Abraham [R-LA5]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Abraham.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Abraham 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Abraham has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Ralph Abraham sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Abraham was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

Abraham sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (35%) Health (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Taxation (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Animals (9%) Agriculture and Food (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Abraham voted Nay

Passed 358/36 on Dec 20, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FIRST Step Act, the Senate's criminal justice reform bill. The text of this bill was replaced ...

Abraham voted Nay

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion ...

Abraham voted Nay

Passed 237/189 on Nov 14, 2017.

H.R. 2874 reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, introduces private market competition, and provides programmatic reform to help policyholders. An amendment ...

Abraham voted Nay

Passed 264/155 on Sep 28, 2017.

The bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for six months, provides certain tax benefits for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, reauthorizes certain ...

Abraham voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Abraham voted Nay

Passed 369/53 on Jul 6, 2016.

The Global Food Security Act of 2016 (Pub.L. 114–195), is a law introduced on March 24, 2015 in the 114th Congress by Representative Christopher Henry ...

Abraham voted Aye

Abraham voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Abraham 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Oct 2019, Abraham missed 275 of 3,099 roll call votes, which is 8.9%. 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

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