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Rep. Rick Larsen

Representative for Washington’s 2nd District

pronounced rik // LAHR-sun

Larsen is the representative for Washington’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2001. Larsen is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Larsen.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Larsen 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 Larsen has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 13, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Rick Larsen sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Larsen was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Larsen sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Labor and Employment (15%) Taxation (12%) Native Americans (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Larsen 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. ...

Larsen 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 ...

Larsen voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 ...

Larsen voted Aye

Larsen voted Aye

Larsen voted No

Larsen voted Aye

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 ...

Larsen voted Aye

Larsen voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Nov 2019, Larsen missed 283 of 12,923 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with 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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