Randy Forbes Congressional Nomination Essays


Legislative Metrics

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Forbes is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Forbes sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Forbes was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Forbes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (24%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%)Transportation and Public Works (14%)Health (14%)International Affairs (14%)Social Welfare (10%)Taxation (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Forbes’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay S. 1603 (113th): Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act
Sep 16, 2014. Passed 359/64.
Nay H.R. 2848 (113th): Department of State Operations and Embassy Security Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2014
Sep 29, 2013. Passed 384/37.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Nay H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
No S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.R. 1473 (112th): Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
Apr 14, 2011. Passed 260/167.

Missed Votes

From Jun 2001 to Dec 2016, Forbes missed 356 of 10,908 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2001 Apr-Jun2100.0%0th
2001 Jul-Sep14900.0%0th
2001 Oct-Dec15300.0%0th
2002 Jan-Mar7900.0%0th
2002 Apr-Jun20342.0%41st
2002 Jul-Sep14100.0%0th
2002 Oct-Nov6100.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar9400.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun23931.3%37th
2003 Jul-Sep19331.6%43rd
2003 Oct-Dec15142.6%42nd
2004 Jan-Mar1041312.5%85th
2004 Apr-Jun221115.0%70th
2004 Jul-Sep16100.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec581017.2%88th
2005 Jan-Mar9044.4%61st
2005 Apr-Jun27220.7%26th
2005 Jul-Sep14600.0%0th
2005 Oct-Dec16310.6%17th
2006 Jan-Mar8122.5%59th
2006 Apr-Jun27631.1%24th
2006 Jul-Sep159138.2%91st
2006 Nov-Dec2700.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar21310.5%19th
2007 Apr-Jun393235.9%86th
2007 Jul-Sep31751.6%41st
2007 Oct-Dec26362.3%39th
2008 Jan-Mar1492214.8%92nd
2008 Apr-Jun321278.4%84th
2008 Jul-Sep20531.5%33rd
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17410.6%22nd
2009 Apr-Jun30300.0%0th
2009 Jul-Sep26872.6%64th
2009 Oct-Dec246176.9%83rd
2010 Jan-Mar19531.5%31st
2010 Apr-Jun21931.4%27th
2010 Jul-Sep15153.3%66th
2010 Nov-Dec9922.0%34th
2011 Jan-Mar21231.4%56th
2011 Apr-Jun28100.0%0th
2011 Jul-Sep24720.8%36th
2011 Oct-Dec20821.0%37th
2012 Jan-Mar15142.6%63rd
2012 Apr-Jun29910.3%21st
2012 Jul-Sep15221.3%46th
2012 Nov-Dec51815.7%93rd
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8966.7%82nd
2013 Apr-Jun21583.7%72nd
2013 Jul-Sep20000.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec13775.1%77th
2014 Jan-Mar14810.7%23rd
2014 Apr-Jun21920.9%35th
2014 Jul-Sep14700.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec4912.0%54th
2015 Jan-Mar14485.6%82nd
2015 Apr-Jun24410.4%27th
2015 Jul-Sep13942.9%71st
2015 Oct-Dec17721.1%52nd
2016 Jan-Mar13700.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun2044622.5%97th
2016 Jul-Sep232104.3%82nd
2016 Nov-Dec484083.3%99th

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Young people who have made a serious commitment to serving our country through the armed forces deserve our full support.  Each year, many of these dedicated men and women seek to apply to one of the U.S. Service Academies. 

Students interested in attending a Service Academy must have a nomination from an authorized nominating source. As a Member of Congress, I am authorized to nominate candidates who reside in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District. U.S. Senators, the President, the Vice President, and the Service Branch Secretaries are also authorized nominating sources. 

I invite high school seniors, university students, and military personnel who are interested in applying for an academy nomination to contact my Janesville Constituent Services Center for more information.

To objectively select the most qualified nominees for each vacancy, I have appointed a Service Academy Nomination Advisory (SANA) Board, which consists of residents from the 1st District. The Board meets once a year to interview and nominate students for appointments to the various U.S. Service Academies. 

Applicants for nominations must be: 

  • citizens of the United States and residents of the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin,

  • at least 17 years of age and must not have passed their 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year of entry, 

  • unmarried and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents, at the time of admission to an Academy.

The U.S. Service Academies recommend that high school students interested in applying for an appointment should contact the Academy of their choice in the spring of their junior year and apply for a congressional nomination during their senior year.

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