Sewell is the representative for Alabama’s 7th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 5, 2011. Sewell is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Sewell.
Sewell 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 Sewell has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 27, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Terri Sewell sits on the following committees:
Sewell was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5307 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 115 Nicol Avenue in Thomasville, Alabama, as the “Postmaster Robert Ingram Post Office”.
- H.R. 991 (116th): Extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act
- H.R. 2147 (116th): RURAL Act of 2019
- H.R. 4777 (114th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1301 Alabama Avenue in Selma, Alabama as the “Amelia Boynton Robinson Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 431 (114th): To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in ...
- H.R. 360 (113th): To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley to commemorate the lives they lost 50 years ago ...
Does 6 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).
Sewell sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Sewell’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4210: Disaster Reforestation Act
- H.R. 4065: Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2021
- H.R. 4066: Save Rural Hospitals Act of 2021
- H.R. 3745: Decentralized Wastewater Grant Act of 2021
- H.R. 3357: Rural Jobs Act
- H.R. 3258: TACT Act of 2021
- H.R. 3259: NOPAIN Act
From Jan 2011 to Jul 2021, Sewell missed 259 of 6,542 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. 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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