Rep. Richard Nolan

Representative from Minnesota’s 8th District, Democrat

Nolan, a Democrat, has been the representative for Minnesota's 8th congressional district since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2016) (map).

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

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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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Nolan for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Richard Nolan sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Nolan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (32%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Health (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Native Americans (7%)

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.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed.
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 1731: National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015
Apr 23, 2015. Passed.
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.
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed.
Aye H.R. 636: America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015
Feb 13, 2015. Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Sep 2016, Nolan missed 797 of 6,562 roll call votes, which is 12.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% 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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