He was previously the representative for Arizona’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 2003 to 2012.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
At an unspecified date during Rep. Grijalva's service in Congress, he was accused of creating a hostile work environment and being frequently drunk. The claims, always denied by Grijalva, were resolved with a severance payment in 2015 although none of this became public until 2017. According to news reports, Grijalva was cleared by the House Ethics Committee letter in Dec 2018. Now, his case is apparently being reviewed by the House Committee on Ethics, although what for and why is unknown.
|May. 15, 2018||Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review by the House Committee on Ethics|
|Dec. 14, 2018||House Committee on Ethics dismissed complaint.|
|Jun. 17, 2019||House Committee on Ethics reviewing the same complaint.|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Grijalva.
Grijalva 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 Grijalva has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Raúl Grijalva sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Natural Resources
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
- House Committee on Education and Labor
Grijalva was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2030: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act
- H.R. 6988 (115th): Museum and Library Services Act of 2018
- H.R. 1075 (114th): To designate the United States Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry located at First Street and Pan American Avenue in Douglas, Arizona, as the “Raul Hector ...
- H.R. 507 (113th): Pascua Yaqui Tribe Trust Land Act
- H.R. 3319 (112th): To allow the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to determine the requirements for membership in that tribe.
- H.R. 586 (112th): To designate the United States courthouse under construction at 98 West First Street, Yuma, Arizona, as the “John M. Roll United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 404 (111th): National Landscape Conservation System Act
Does 12 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).
Grijalva sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (36%) Education (15%) Animals (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Native Americans (7%) Labor and Employment (6%) Health (6%)
Some of Grijalva’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3509: LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act
- H.R. 3405: Removing Uranium from the Critical Minerals List Act.
- H.R. 3204: Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act
- H.R. 3089: Success in the Middle Act of 2019
- H.R. 2991: Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act
- H.R. 2918: Extinction Prevention Act of 2019
- H.R. 2863: Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act
From Jan 2003 to Jul 2019, Grijalva missed 801 of 11,807 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. 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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