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COVID-19 in Congress

We’re tracking the impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, on the operations of Congress. Below you’ll find information on:

Quarantined and Sick Legislators

In all, representatives and senators self-quarantined or took other action, or no action, after coming in contact with someone with COVID-19 or testing positive for COVID-19 themselves — some multiple times.

In the charts below, the duration of each self-quarantine is indicated.

Date Legislator Event Action Links
3/9/20 Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) contact with CPAC attendee who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/12/2020, tested negative tweet tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/18/2020, DC office to telework tweet tweet
3/9/20 Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) contact with two people who tested positive at different times self-quarantined, extended quarantine after found out about contact with second person who tested positive, tested negative, exited quarantine 3/17/2020 tweet tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) contact took no action tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9) contact self-quarantined until 3/12/2020 tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4) contact self-quarantined until 3/13/2020 tweet tweet
3/9/20 Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) contact with CPAC attendee who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/12/2020 tweet news story
3/10/20 Rep. Donald Beyer (VA-8) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/16/2020 tweet tweet
3/11/20 Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) DC staffer tested positive DC office to telework tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) staffer in another senator’s office tested positive DC office to telework press release
3/12/20 Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) energy staff? DC office to telework tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantined until 3/16/2020; tested negative tweet tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) contact took no action yet tweet
3/12/20 Sen. Rick Scott (FL) contact with someone who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/23/2020 tweet interview tweet
3/15/20 Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-6) DC staffer tested positive DC office to telework tweet
3/15/20 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) contact with someone who tested positive took no action tweet
3/15/20 Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/23/2020; tested negative tweet tweet
3/15/20 Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) contact with someone who tested positive said he self-quarantined until "a few days ago" on 3/27/2020tweet
3/16/20 Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/23/2020 tweet
3/16/20 Rep. Ben Luján (NM-3) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/30/2020 tweet
3/16/20 Sen. Tom Carper (DE) district staffer tested positive DC and district staff self-isolating tweet
3/17/20 Sen. Cory Gardner (CO) contact with someone who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/25/2020 tweet tweet
3/17/20 Rep. Jason Crow (CO-6) contact with a constituent who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/25/2020 tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/29/2020 tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) tested positive self-quarantine until 3/28/2020 tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-4) tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/30/2020 having been declared "virus free" by doctors tweet interview
3/18/20 Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-3) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 tweet tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-1) contact with Diaz-Balart self-quarantine until possibly 4/1/2020, two weeks after the announcement tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2) contact with (presumably) Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine by 4/3/2020 when she delivered food donations in person tweet tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) contact with Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine 3/29/2020 tweet tweet
3/18/20 Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4) contact with someone who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-5) contact with McAdams self-quarantine until possibly 4/2/2020, two weeks after the announcement tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24) contact with Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine 4/5/2020 tweet tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-1) contact with another legislator who tested positive, then tested positive himself exited self-quarantine 4/1//2020 tweet tweet news
3/19/20 Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4) contact with Diaz-Balart exited self-quarantine 3/28/2020 tweet press release
3/19/20 Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) contact with McAdams self-quarantine until 3/27/2020 tweet
3/19/20 Rep. David Price (NC-4) contact with another legislator who tested positive self-quarantine until 3/25/2020 tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-3) contact with another legislator who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/26/2020 tweet tweet
3/19/20 Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) contact with another legislator who tested positive exited self-quarantine 3/25/2020; tested negative; maintaining social distancing tweet press release
3/19/20 Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-3) contact with another legislator who tested positive self-quarantine until 4/2/2020 tweet
3/22/20 Sen. Rand Paul (KY) tested positiveexited self-quarantine 4/5/2020 tweet news
3/22/20 Sen. Mike Lee (UT) contact with Rand Paulexited self-quarantine 4/5/2020 tweet news
3/22/20 Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) contact with Rand Paulexited self-quarantine 4/5/2020, tested negative tweet news news
3/24/20 Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) contact with a doctor who tested positive self-quarantine until 4/7/2020 tweet
3/25/20 Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain; test results negative tweet tweet
3/25/20 Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain tweet
3/25/20 Sen. John Thune (SD) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain news article
3/25/20 Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain tweet
3/26/20 Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7) unknown self-quarantine; end date uncertain; tested negative on 3/31/2020 news article
3/27/20 Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16) tested positive self-quarantine until 4/10/2020 press release
3/30/20 Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection self-quarantine until 4/13/2020; she will not get a test tweet
4/5/20 Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) spouse has confirmed case self-quarantine until 4/19/2020 at least; will be tested news article
4/6/20 Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-2) tested positive self-quarantine until at least 4/20/2020 news
5/11/20 Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) staff member tested positive self-quarantine until 5/25/2020 news
6/15/20 Rep. Tom Rice (SC-7) tested positive self-quarantine until 6/29/2020 news
7/8/20 Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) apparent exposure to someone positive self-quarantine June 29 - July 3 tweet
7/14/20 Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-9) tested positive self-quarantine until 8/1/2020 tweet
7/29/20 Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) tested positive self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 news
7/29/20 Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) exposed by Rep. Gohmert; results negative as of 7/31/2020 self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 tweet tweet
7/29/20 Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-4) exposed by Rep. Gohmert self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 tweet
7/29/20 Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3) tested positive after exposure by Rep. Gohmert self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 tweet tweet
7/31/20 Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) exposed by Rep. Gohmert self-quarantine until 8/14/2020 tweet
7/29/20 Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) exposed by Rep. Gohmert self-quarantine until 8/12/2020 tweet
8/5/20 Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) tested positive self-quarantine until 8/19/2020 tweet
8/20/20 Sen. Bill Cassidy (LA) tested positive self-quarantine until 9/3/2020 news
8/22/20 Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) tested positive self-quarantine until 9/5/2020 press release
8/25/20 Commish. Jenniffer González-Colón (PR) tested positive self-quarantine until 9/8/2020 tweet
9/15/20 Sen. Shelley Capito (WV) exposure to someone positive self-quarantine until 9/29/2020 news
9/17/20 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) exposure to someone positive self-quarantine until 9/29/2020 news
9/20/20 Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-5) tested positive self-quarantine until 10/4/2020 news
10/2/20 Rep. Lisa Rochester (DE-0) exposure at first 2020 Presidential debate self-quarantine until 10/13/2020 tweet
10/2/20 Sen. Mike Lee (UT) tested positive self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/2/20 Sen. Thom Tillis (NC) tested positive self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/2/20 Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) exposure at White House event on 9/25/20 self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/3/20 Sen. Ron Johnson (WI) tested positive self-quarantine until 10/17/2020 news
10/3/20 Sen. James Lankford (OK) exposed to Sen. Lee, tested negative on 10/3/2020 self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 tweet
10/3/20 Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) contact with Sen. Lee self-quarantine until 10/12/2020 news
10/3/20 Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-4) exposed at Amy Coney Barrett event on 9/25/2020 self-quarantine until 10/10/2020 news
10/7/20 Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) tested positive self-quarantine until 10/21/2020 tweet
10/8/20 Rep. Mike Bost (IL-22) tested positive self-quarantine until 10/22/2020 tweet
10/15/20 Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) campaign staffers tested positive; Harris says no direct contact with them self-quarantine until 10/19/2020 news
10/15/20 Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-2) tested positive self-quarantine until 10/29/2020 news

Proxy Voting in the House of Representatives

At the peak of the virus’s spread in March 2020 before Congress went on recess, 22 representatives, and slightly earlier 6 senators, were simultaneously self-quarantining. Both the House and Senate have adapted their procedures to keep legislators and support staff safe while also keeping Congress operational.

On May 15, the House passed a rules change to allow proxy voting for floor votes and remote committee committee meetings during this pandemic (see the committee report for further background). Then, pursuant to the new rules, on May 19 the House’s Office of Attending Physician and Sergeant at Arms determined the existence of a “public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus,” which triggered the beginning of proxy voting rules. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy in advance of votes in a letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.

In the Senate, although no proxy voting is allowed for floor votes, some Senate committees have begun holding some meetings with senators participating remotely. And while not yet used, existing Senate rules may permit voting by proxy in committee.

Legislators voting on the House floor by proxy

The following 49 legislators are currently voting by proxy:

Remote Legislator Proxy Legislator Since
Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47] Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] May 21, 2020
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12] Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6] May 21, 2020
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11] Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6] May 26, 2020
Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33] Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] May 26, 2020
Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4] Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] May 26, 2020
Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32] Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46] May 26, 2020
Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10] Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23] May 27, 2020
Rep. Francis Rooney [R-FL19] Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] Jun 25, 2020
Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21] Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5] Jun 26, 2020
Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15] Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8] Jun 29, 2020
Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3] Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5] Jul 15, 2020
Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20] Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23] Jul 27, 2020
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19] Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8] Jul 27, 2020
Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1] Rep. Lauren Underwood [D-IL14] Jul 27, 2020
Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5] Jul 29, 2020
Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17] Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20] Aug 18, 2020
Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6] Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5] Aug 21, 2020
Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2] Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] Sep 11, 2020
Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27] Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41] Sep 14, 2020
Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2] Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8] Sep 14, 2020
Rep. Jahana Hayes [D-CT5] Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] Sep 21, 2020
Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5] Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA3] Sep 21, 2020
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell [D-FL26] Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23] Sep 21, 2020
Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24] Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12] Sep 21, 2020
Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3] Rep. Jesús García [D-IL4] Sep 22, 2020
Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3] Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30] Sep 24, 2020
Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9] Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12] Sep 24, 2020
Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30] Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8] Sep 25, 2020
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40] Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31] Sep 27, 2020
Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1] Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5] Sep 28, 2020
Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4] Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9] Sep 28, 2020
Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5] Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5] Sep 28, 2020
Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1] Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11] Sep 28, 2020
Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2] Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5] Sep 29, 2020
Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4] Rep. Jennifer Wexton [D-VA10] Sep 29, 2020
Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3] Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14] Sep 30, 2020
Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11] Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37] Sep 30, 2020
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ2] Rep. Greg Stanton [D-AZ9] Sep 30, 2020
Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2] Rep. Sharice Davids [D-KS3] Sep 30, 2020
Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1] Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0] Oct 1, 2020
Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10] Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14] Oct 1, 2020
Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7] Rep. Greg Stanton [D-AZ9] Oct 1, 2020
Rep. Andy Levin [D-MI9] Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] Oct 1, 2020
Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44] Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] Oct 2, 2020
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0] Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] Oct 2, 2020
Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA17] Rep. Jared Golden [D-ME2] Oct 2, 2020
Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1] Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8] Oct 2, 2020
Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13] Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5] Oct 2, 2020
Rep. Ed Case [D-HI1] Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8] Oct 5, 2020

Proxies for House legislators

The following list is the same information as above but grouped by proxy legislator. A legislator may be a proxy for up to ten legislators.

Proxy Legislator Remote Legislators
Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2] (Sep 11, 2020-), Rep. Andy Levin [D-MI9] (Oct 1, 2020-), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0] (Oct 2, 2020-)
Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA47] (May 21, 2020-), Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33] (May 26, 2020-), Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4] (May 26, 2020-), Rep. Francis Rooney [R-FL19] (Jun 25, 2020-), Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44] (Oct 2, 2020-)
Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5] Rep. George “G.K.” Butterfield [D-NC1] (Sep 28, 2020-), Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5] (Sep 28, 2020-), Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA2] (Sep 29, 2020-), Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH13] (Oct 2, 2020-)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL23] Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10] (May 27, 2020-), Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20] (Jul 27, 2020-), Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell [D-FL26] (Sep 21, 2020-)
Rep. Jennifer Wexton [D-VA10] Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4] (Sep 29, 2020-)
Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA31] Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA40] (Sep 27, 2020-)
Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6] Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman [D-NJ12] (May 21, 2020-)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8] Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15] (Jun 29, 2020-), Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA19] (Jul 27, 2020-), Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX30] (Sep 25, 2020-)
Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA5] Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL21] (Jun 26, 2020-), Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] (Jul 29, 2020-), Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY6] (Aug 21, 2020-)
Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30] Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA3] (Sep 24, 2020-)
Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20] Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17] (Aug 18, 2020-)
Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI12] Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9] (Sep 24, 2020-)
Rep. Sharice Davids [D-KS3] Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA2] (Sep 30, 2020-)
Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8] Rep. Ed Case [D-HI1] (Oct 5, 2020-)
Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5] Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL3] (Jul 15, 2020-)
Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8] Rep. James “Jim” Langevin [D-RI2] (Sep 14, 2020-)
Rep. Lauren Underwood [D-IL14] Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1] (Jul 27, 2020-)
Rep. Greg Stanton [D-AZ9] Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ2] (Sep 30, 2020-), Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ7] (Oct 1, 2020-)
Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ8] Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ1] (Oct 2, 2020-)
Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA41] Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA27] (Sep 14, 2020-)
Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA3] Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5] (Sep 21, 2020-)
Rep. Jesús García [D-IL4] Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3] (Sep 22, 2020-)
Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11] Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV1] (Sep 28, 2020-)
Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37] Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11] (Sep 30, 2020-)
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE0] Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1] (Oct 1, 2020-)
Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA46] Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA32] (May 26, 2020-)
Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA6] Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA11] (May 26, 2020-)
Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC12] Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24] (Sep 21, 2020-)
Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] Rep. Jahana Hayes [D-CT5] (Sep 21, 2020-)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH9] Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA4] (Sep 28, 2020-)
Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI14] Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3] (Sep 30, 2020-)
Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL14] Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10] (Oct 1, 2020-)
Rep. Jared Golden [D-ME2] Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA17] (Oct 2, 2020-)