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Rep. Sara Jacobs

Representative for California’s 51st District

pronounced SAR-uh // JAY-kubs

Jacobs is the representative for California’s 51st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2023. Jacobs is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. She is 34 years old.

She was previously the representative for California’s 53rd congressional district as a Democrat from 2021 to 2022.

Photo of Rep. Sara Jacobs [D-CA51]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Jacobs.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Jacobs 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 Jacobs has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 17, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Sara Jacobs sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Jacobs was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Jacobs sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (63%) Armed Forces and National Security (37%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Jacobs recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Jacobs voted Yea

Passed 360/64 on Sep 22, 2022.

Jacobs voted Yea

Jacobs voted Nay

Jacobs voted Nay

Passed 363/70 on Dec 7, 2021.

This is the yearly military spending policy bill, which governs how military and related federal appropriations can be spent under the law. This bill was …

Jacobs voted Nay

Passed 387/35 on Nov 3, 2021.

Jacobs voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2021 to Mar 2023, Jacobs missed 12 of 1,141 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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