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Rep. Suzan DelBene

Representative for Washington’s 1st District

pronounced SOO-zun // del-BE-nay

DelBene is the representative for Washington’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Nov 13, 2012. DelBene is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

Rep. Suzan DelBene is currently serving as a proxy for Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7] (since Sep 14, 2020) under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for DelBene.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

DelBene 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 DelBene has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 22, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Suzan DelBene sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

DelBene 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

DelBene sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (22%) Health (18%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Emergency Management (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

DelBene voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

DelBene voted Aye

Passed 258/156 on May 24, 2016.

DelBene voted Yea

Failed 262/159 on May 17, 2016.

DelBene 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. ...

DelBene 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 ...

DelBene 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 ...

DelBene voted Nay

DelBene voted Aye

DelBene voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Nov 2012 to Sep 2020, DelBene missed 25 of 4,696 roll call votes, which is 0.5%. This is better than the median of 2.2% 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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