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Rep. Robin Kelly

Representative for Illinois’s 2nd District

pronounced RAH-bun // KEH-lee


Kelly is the representative for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Apr 9, 2013. Kelly is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL2]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kelly 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 Kelly has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 1, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Robin Kelly sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Kelly was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 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

Kelly sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (42%) Crime and Law Enforcement (25%) Commerce (12%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Kelly recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Kelly voted Nay

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Kelly 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 …

Kelly voted Aye

Passed 261/155 on May 12, 2015.

The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act would roll back a new regulation that redefines “waters of the United States.” The regulation both expands the list of …

Kelly 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 …

Kelly voted Aye

Kelly voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Apr 2013 to Jun 2022, Kelly missed 178 of 5,344 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is 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

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