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Rep. Timothy Walz

Former Representative for Minnesota’s 1st District

pronounced TI-muh-thee // wahlz

Walz was the representative for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2007 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1, 2007-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Walz.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Walz is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Walz sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% United States Chamber of Commerce: 71% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B

Enacted Legislation

Walz was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Walz sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (67%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Health (10%) Taxation (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Walz voted Yea

Passed 241/183 on Jan 19, 2018.

H.R. 4712 establishes requirements for health care practitioners to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion ...

Walz voted Aye

Passed 235/180 on Feb 2, 2017.

###The context and what the bill does The Obama Administration in its closing days instituted a new regulation instituting a novel form of gun control. ...

Walz 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 ...

Walz 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 ...

Walz voted Aye

Walz voted Yea

Walz voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Dec 2018, Walz missed 482 of 8,876 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. 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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