My Voting Record
You can find the last several votes I've cast in the House displayed on the homepage of this website. You'll also see a link there that says "View All." That will take you to a complete list of every vote I cast. The Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives also maintains an official record of all votes cast in the House (accessible here), and I've included directions on using that database below.
Some constituents are surprised at how many votes we cast and find the descriptors of the votes confusing (for example, "An Amendment Numbered 30 to H.R. 1540" doesn't tell you much without further research). Some independent websites list "key" votes selected by their editors. Project Vote Smart selects key votes and groups them by issue. The Washington Post maintains its own "U.S. Congress Votes Database" which also shows specific votes its editors select, arranged chronologically.
Finding My Votes at the Office of the Clerk's Website
Unfortunately, you can't search the Office of the Clerk's database for all votes by a particular member of the House. Instead, you need to look at the full list of all votes cast, click on the one you're interested in, and find my name listed among the "Ayes" or "Noes."
The data at the Clerk's website is valuable because it is complete and unbiased. All votes show up, in the order they were taken. The language of the bill (and any amendments) is available, and every member's vote is displayed. The drawback is that it can be confusing. That's why I mentioned the independent sites above (although they are, by their nature, selective and therefore incomplete). Again, my goal is full transparency, so I am including the Clerk's official record. Ultimately, that is the official record of my votes.
Here are the steps to follow to access my votes at the website of the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives:
- Go to the "Legislation and Votes" section of http://clerk.house.gov
- If you are interested in the current session of Congress (which began January 3, 2013), click "113th Congress, 1st Session (2013)." If you are interested in older votes, click "Roll Call Votes of Previous Congresses," and select the appropriate session. Please note, I am in my third term, so I have served in the 111th, 112th and 113th Congresses. I did not represent you prior to 2009.
- You will see a list of up to 100 votes displayed, each with a "question" and short title or description. To read the text of the item, click on the link in the "Issue" column to bring up the bill summary page. From there, you can access the text of the bill, and other useful information, like Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Cost Estimates. If you are interested in specific amendments, they are included as links from the summary page, too.
- Click on the number in the "Roll" column to see how all members voted on the question. Look for my name on that page, listed under "Ayes" or "Noes."
Finally, constituents who have any questions about how I voted on a particular issue, and can't find a satisfactory answer online, are welcome to contact my office. My staff will be happy to help.