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Key Votes

Karen Bass' Voting Records on Issue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Full Name: Karen Bass
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 37, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 37
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 1 Child: Emilia
Birth Date: 10/03/1953
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Home City: Los Angeles, CA
Religion: Christian

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 28, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(286 - 138)
Yea
July 19, 2012 H Amdt 1416 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House
(247 - 166)
Nay
May 16, 2012 HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(222 - 205)
Nay
May 9, 2012 H Amdt 1096 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention with the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House
(245 - 171)
Nay

California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 3, 2009 SB 54 Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages Bill Passed - House
(47 - 29)
Yea
Sept. 3, 2009 SB 572 Harvey Milk Day Bill Passed - House
(46 - 28)
Yea
March 2, 2009 HR 5 Statement of Opposition to Proposition 8 Resolution Passed - House
(45 - 27)
Yea
Aug. 7, 2008 AB 2567 Creation of "Harvey Milk Day" Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(47 - 27)
Yea
June 5, 2008 SB 153 Property Transfer Bill Passed - House
(45 - 29)
Yea
May 27, 2008 AB 2654 Expanding Anti-Discrimination Laws Bill Passed - House
(48 - 30)
Yea
May 19, 2008 AB 2567 Creation of "Harvey Milk Day" Bill Passed - House
(45 - 28)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 AB 624 Disclosing Organizational Diversity Bill Passed - House
(45 - 29)
Yea

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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