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Rep. Shelley Berkley

Former Representative for Nevada’s 1st District

Berkley was the representative for Nevada’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1999 to 2012.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2012 Berkley was investigated for advocating for programs in which she had a financial interest from 2008-2010. The House Committee on Ethics found that the representative had indeed advocated for some programs in which she had a financial interest. In 2012, Representative Berkley lost reelection.

Feb. 9, 2012 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended the Committee further review the allegations
Dec. 20, 2012 House Committee on Ethics concluded in a report that the representative had indeed advocated for some programs in which she had a financial interest
Nov. 6, 2012 Berkley lost reelection.
Photo of Rep. Shelley Berkley [D-NV1, 1999-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Berkley is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Berkley sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Berkley was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Berkley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Health (16%) International Affairs (12%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Labor and Employment (7%) Social Welfare (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Berkley voted Aye

Berkley voted Yea

Berkley voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Berkley voted Yea

Berkley voted Nay

Failed 258/168 on Jan 28, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1999 to Jan 2013, Berkley missed 382 of 9,782 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: