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Rep. Richard Nolan

Representative from Minnesota’s 8th District, Democrat

Nolan, a Democrat, is the representative for Minnesota's 8th congressional district and has served since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2018) (map).

He was previously the representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district (1975-1980).

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Nolan.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Nolan has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Nolan is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Richard Nolan sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Nolan was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Nolan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (36%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Labor and Employment (7%) Native Americans (5%) Agriculture and Food (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Nolan’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S. 1356: A bill to clarify that certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 will ...
Nov 5, 2015. Passed 370/58.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
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. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
No H.R. 1731: National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015
Apr 23, 2015. Passed 355/63.
Nay H.Res. 162: Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Mar 23, 2015. Passed 348/48.
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
Yea H.R. 4923 (113th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
Jul 10, 2014. Passed 253/170.
Nay H.R. 1765 (113th): Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013
Apr 26, 2013. Passed 361/41.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Jul 2017, Nolan missed 809 of 7,048 roll call votes, which is 11.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 15 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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