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Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Representative for Arizona’s 3rd District

pronounced rah-OOL // gree-HAHL-vuh

Grijalva is the representative for Arizona’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Grijalva’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

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
Photo of Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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 3, 2017 to Dec 7, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Raúl Grijalva sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Grijalva was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 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

Grijalva sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (29%) Environmental Protection (16%) Education (14%) Native Americans (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Animals (8%) Energy (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Grijalva recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Grijalva voted Yea

Grijalva voted Nay

Grijalva voted Nay

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 …

Grijalva voted Nay

Grijalva voted No

Grijalva voted Nay

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 …

Grijalva voted No

Grijalva voted Yea

Passed 333/92 on Sep 17, 2014.

The Federal Reserve Transparency Act calls for an audit of Federal Reserve system by the Comptroller General within 1 year of the passing of this …

Grijalva 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 2003 to Dec 2022, Grijalva missed 870 of 13,214 roll call votes, which is 6.6%. 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

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