Representative Darin LaHood


photo of Representative Darin LaHood
Party:Republican
State:Illinois (District 18)
Joined the House:2015
Left the House:Incumbent (term ends 2019)
Birth Date:July 5, 1968
Phone:202-225-6201
Contact:Web form
URL:Official site
Fundraising History:Open Secrets
Election History:Ballotpedia
Biography:Wikipedia


Summary of voting record: Representative LaHood opposes consumer protection, environmental protection, financial sector regulation, gun control, public health, foreign and humanitarian aid, humane immigration policy, labor rights and wages, avoiding default, racial equality, a robust safety net, women's rights and supports big business, hawkish foreign policy, military spending.
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Voting Record: Darin LaHood


Favors
the middle class
8.3% of the time
 
 
Economics scale
 
Favors
the wealthy
91.7% of the time


 
Favors
broad civil rights
7.1% of the time
 
 
Social Policy scale
 
Favors
narrow civil rights
92.9% of the time


 

Specific Policy Areas


supports
Hawkish Foreign Policy
100% of the time
 
Hawkish Foreign Policy scale
Title: Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act (2015 roll call h533)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-10-01 Weight: 7
Scoring explanation: Prohibiting the president from ending sanctions against Iran or entering into a nuclear disarmament treaty until all judgments against Iran have been paid.

supports
Big Business
100% of the time
 
Big Business scale
Title: Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h518)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-09-25 Weight: 2

Title: Amendment designed to protect the independence of regulatory agencies (2016 roll call h14)
Vote: Nay (increases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-01-07 Weight: 1
Scoring explanation: Certain regulatory agencies, such as the SEC and CFPB, are structured to be somewhat independent to minimize the ability of business lobbyists to pressure them. This amendment to the SCRUB Act was intended to protect the independence of those agencies.

Title: Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act of 2015 (2016 roll call h20)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-01-07 Weight: 6
Scoring explanation: This bill is intended to structure the regulatory process in a way that would result in dramatic deregulation of big business.

Title: Amendment to reduce the burden placed on plaintiffs by a bill to curtail class actions (2016 roll call h29)
Vote: Nay (increases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-01-08 Weight: 2
Scoring explanation: Class actions are generally a means by which individuals can seek compensation from businesses that have harmed them. Suing a large business as an individual is often not feasible, while it is more often feasible for a large group that can pool their resources. The bill which this amendment would revise (HR 1927) to lessen the burden the bill would place on litigants who wish to proceed as a class.

Title: Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 (2016 roll call h33)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-01-08 Weight: 6
Scoring explanation: This bill would raise the bar for forming a class dramatically. Class actions are typically used by individuals when a large business does a small amount of harm to a large number of people. For example, if a company were to do $50 worth of harm to each of one million of its customers, it would not be feasible for each individual to sue, so the company would only be forced to compensate the customers it harmed if they are able to form a class. By setting a very high burden of proof for forming a class, this bill would block many class actions.

Title: Amendment to exempt plaintiffs seeking compensation from the bad faith of an insurer from an act restricting the filing of suits. (2016 roll call h87)
Vote: Nay (increases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-02-25 Weight: 2

supports
Military Spending
90.9% of the time
 
Military Spending scale
Title: Amendment to block an increase in funding for the Maritime Security Fleet (2015 roll call h545)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-10-09 Weight: 1

Title: The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (2015 roll call h618)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage-suspension Date: 2015-11-05 Weight: 6

Title: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (2015 roll call h649)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage-suspension Date: 2015-12-01 Weight: 4

supports
Funding Education
50% of the time
 
Funding Education scale
Title: Every Student Succeeds Act (2015 roll call h665)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-12-02 Weight: 4

Title: SOAR Reauthorization Act (2016 roll call h179)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-04-29 Weight: 4

supports
Racial Equality
14.3% of the time
 
Racial Equality scale
Title: Amendment to require that environmental impact statements assess the impact on low-income and minority communities (2015 roll call h509)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-09-25 Weight: 1

Title: Amendment to the Red River Private Property Protection Act to preserve surface and mineral rights of Native American tribes (2015 roll call h684)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-12-09 Weight: 1

Title: Amendment to exclude violations of the Civil Rights Act Title VII from a bill curtailing class actions (2016 roll call h24)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-01-08 Weight: 3
Scoring explanation: The bill (HR 1927) that this amendment would revise would create substantial burdens to filing class actions, especially class actions based on a pattern of racial discrimination in employment. This amendment sought to protect the viability of civil rights class actions.

Title: Amendment to exclude violations of the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act from a bill curtailing class actions (2016 roll call h26)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-01-08 Weight: 2
Scoring explanation: This amendment would have protected housing discrimination suits from a bill that would make it significantly more difficult to file a class action.

supports
Public Health
6.7% of the time
 
Public Health scale
Title: Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h695)
Vote: Aye (increases score) Type: passage-suspension Date: 2015-12-16 Weight: 1

Title: Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (2016 roll call h6)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-01-06 Weight: 10
Scoring explanation: Although the effect of repealing many provisions of the ACA that this bill would repeal is a matter of policy judgment, and hence have not entered into the rating, this bill would dramatically reduce funding for healthcare, including ending the Medicare expansion, which would unambiguously undermine public health.

Title: Resolution to permit blocking HHS from funding organizations that provide family planning services (2017 roll call h99)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2017-02-16 Weight: 4

supports
Avoiding Default
0% of the time
 
Avoiding Default scale
Title: Default Prevention Act (2015 roll call h557)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-10-21 Weight: 2
Scoring explanation: Although this bill was presented as a means to avoid default, it actually only permitted the treasury to ignore the debt limit and continue to honor its payment obligations with regard to certain types of payments, such as bonds and social security, which would have made a partial default more politically feasible.

Title: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h579)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-10-28 Weight: 10

supports
Consumer Protection
0% of the time
 
Consumer Protection scale
Title: Amendment to increase the safety information auto makers must disclose (2015 roll call h619)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-11-05 Weight: 1

Title: Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (2015 roll call h636)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-11-18 Weight: 6
Scoring explanation: The Act would substantially reduce the regulation of banks' issuance of mortgages by rolling back CFPB regulations designed to prevent some of the lending practices that led to the 2008 recession.

supports
a Robust Safety Net
0% of the time
 
a Robust Safety Net scale
Title: Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (2016 roll call h6)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-01-06 Weight: 10
Scoring explanation: Although the effect of repealing many provisions of the ACA that this bill would repeal is a matter of policy judgment, and hence have not entered into the rating, this bill would end the Medicare expansion, which would unambiguously and dramatically weaken the safety net.

supports
Women's Rights
0% of the time
 
Women's Rights scale
Title: Women's Public Health and Safety Act (2015 roll call h524)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-09-29 Weight: 9
Scoring explanation: A bill to allow states to refuse to make Medicaid payments to healthcare providers that perform abortions.

Title: Resolution to defund Planned Parenthood (2015 roll call h527)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-09-30 Weight: 2

Title: Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (2016 roll call h6)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-01-06 Weight: 4
Scoring explanation: This bill includes provisions prohibiting states from using federal funds to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions except in cases of rape, incest or threat to the life of the pregnant woman.

Title: Bill to prohibit private insurance companies from covering abortion (2017 roll call h65)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2017-01-24 Weight: 8

Title: Resolution to permit blocking HHS from funding organizations that provide family planning services (2017 roll call h99)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2017-02-16 Weight: 8

supports
Environmental Protection
0% of the time
 
Environmental Protection scale
Title: Amendment to require that environmental impact statements assess the impact on low-income and minority communities (2015 roll call h509)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-09-25 Weight: 1

Title: Amendment to remove a provision that would limit the allowable time for the evaluation of environmental impacts (2015 roll call h511)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-09-25 Weight: 3

Title: Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h518)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-09-25 Weight: 4
Scoring explanation: The bill would have significantly curtailed the process of developing environmental impact statements.

Title: National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h565)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-10-22 Weight: 2
Scoring explanation: The bill would have reduced environmental regulations pertaining to mining on federal lands.

Title: Amendment to extend incentives for electric cars to natural gas cars (2015 roll call h620)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-11-05 Weight: 6

Title: Resolution to nullify the Clean Power Plan (2015 roll call h650)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-12-01 Weight: 9
Scoring explanation: This resolution would have nullified the EPA's standards for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Title: Resolution to nullify the EPA rule establishing Clean Air Act standards for carbon dioxide emissions (2015 roll call h651)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-12-01 Weight: 8

Title: Amendment curtailing review of the environmental impact of international oil pipelines (2015 roll call h658)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-12-02 Weight: 2

Title: Amendment to protect funding for energy efficiency programs (2015 roll call h661)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-12-02 Weight: 4

Title: Amendment to provide funding and technical assistance to renewable energy projects (2015 roll call h662)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-12-02 Weight: 2

Title: Amendment to repeal EPA regulations of residential wood heaters (2015 roll call h669)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2015-12-03 Weight: 2

Title: North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h672)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-12-03 Weight: 8
Scoring explanation: This bill was an attempt to counter the Obama administration's shifting of our energy policy to be more favorable for more environmentally sound sources of energy. It included many provisions favorable to the fossil fuel industry and unfavorable to the renewable energy sector and was uniformly opposed by environmental groups.

Title: Amendment to strike a provision that would have undermined the EPA's cross-state air pollution rule (2016 roll call h118)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-03-15 Weight: 2

Title: SENSE Act (2016 roll call h123)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-03-15 Weight: 6
Scoring explanation: Bill to undermine the EPA's powerplant regulations.

Title: Amendment to designate ANWR as a national wilderness. (2016 roll call h99)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-02-26 Weight: 4

Title: Expressing disapproval of the ANWAR environmental protections (2017 roll call h98)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2017-02-16 Weight: 1

supports
Labor Rights and Wages
0% of the time
 
Labor Rights and Wages scale
Title: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h633)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-11-17 Weight: 1
Scoring explanation: The Act would exclude workers at businesses owned by Native American tribes from the jurisdiction of the NLRB.

supports
Financial Sector Regulation
0% of the time
 
Financial Sector Regulation scale
Title: Small Bank Exam Cycle Reform Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h534)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage-suspension Date: 2015-10-06 Weight: 1
Scoring explanation: Easing regulatory examination procedures for small banks.

Title: Homebuyers Assistance Act (2015 roll call h540)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-10-07 Weight: 1
Scoring explanation: Delaying the start of the regulation of various mortgage regulations.

Title: Retail Investor Protection Act (2015 roll call h575)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-10-27 Weight: 1
Scoring explanation: The bill would have applied limits to the powers of the Secretary of Labor and the SEC's abilities to regulate the financial sector.

Title: Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (2015 roll call h636)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-11-18 Weight: 6
Scoring explanation: The Act would substantially reduce the regulation of banks' issuance of mortgages by rolling back CFPB regulations designed to prevent some of the lending practices that led to the 2008 recession.

Title: Resolution to prevent fiduciary duties from being imposed on retirement advisors (2016 roll call h176)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-04-28 Weight: 4

Title: SEC Regulatory Accountability Act curtailing the regulatory powers of the SEC (2017 roll call h51)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2017-01-12 Weight: 2

supports
Foreign and Humanitarian Aid
0% of the time
 
Foreign and Humanitarian Aid scale
Title: American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 (2015 roll call h643)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2015-11-19 Weight: 6
Scoring explanation: Establishing substantial barriers to the admittance of refugees from Iraq and Syria.

supports
Humane Immigration Policy
0% of the time
 
Humane Immigration Policy scale
Title: Amendment to file a brief with the SCOTUS opposing DACA (2016 roll call h128)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: passage Date: 2016-03-17 Weight: 1

supports
Gun Control
0% of the time
 
Gun Control scale
Title: Amendment to exclude suits against gun makers for manufacturing defects from a bill curtailing class actions (2016 roll call h25)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-01-08 Weight: 1

Title: Amendment to prohibit individuals who are prohibited from possessing a firearm from using target ranges. (2016 roll call h92)
Vote: Nay (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-02-26 Weight: 2

Title: Amendment to prohibit firearm bans in airports and similar locations (2016 roll call h96)
Vote: Aye (decreases score) Type: amendment Date: 2016-02-26 Weight: 6



Updated: February 22, 2017Methodology


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