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Rep. Ted Lieu

Representative for California’s 33rd District

pronounced ted // loo


Lieu is the representative for California’s 33rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Lieu is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Lieu has cosponsored 6 bills introduced in the current Congress by Republican legislators who fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election.
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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Lieu.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lieu 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 Lieu has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 27, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: A+ Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 91% United States Chamber of Commerce: 67% The Club for Growth: 10%

Committee Membership

Ted Lieu sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lieu was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

Lieu sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (20%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Commerce (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Energy (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lieu voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Lieu voted Yea

Lieu voted Nay

Passed 310/107 on Nov 20, 2019.

Should shark fins, a delicacy in many food items, be banned? ## Context One of the most valuable parts of a shark are its fins, ...

Lieu voted Aye

Passed 250/169 on May 22, 2018.

S. 204 amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to exempt, from specified requirements and restrictions under that Act and other laws, the provision ...

Lieu voted Yea

Lieu voted No

Passed 360/61 on Dec 8, 2016.

The WIIN (Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation) Act was a 277-page bill dealing with federal water policies, particularly for drought-stricken areas. It’s so complex ...

Lieu voted Yea

Passed 249/176 on Jul 13, 2016.

Lieu voted No

Lieu voted No

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. ...

Lieu voted Nay

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jul 2021, Lieu missed 281 of 3,732 roll call votes, which is 7.5%. This is much 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

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