Voting in the House
The Clerk of the House is essential to the operation of the House of Representatives and plays a large role on the floor during the voting process. Elected every two years when the House organizes for a new Congress, the Clerk’s office maintains all votes taken by each Member for any motion or legislation that is officially voted on by the full House. These are called “roll call votes.”
The Clerk’s office maintains a complete Votes Database for the current session. Here’s how to read the roll call chart:
- The far left column labeled “Roll” will give you the number of the roll call vote. Moving to the column on the right, you see the date the vote was cast. The “Question” tells you if the vote was on final passage, on an amendment, or as otherwise noted. Results are labeled “P” if the measure passed or “F” if it failed.
- You can click on the appropriate “Roll” to see how Congressman Ruppersberger voted.
- If you don’t know the number of the vote you are interested in, you can use Thomas to look it up.
Visit the Clerk’s Legislative Activities webpage and select a different session of Congress in the drop down menu to find votes from previous Congressional sessions.
The Clerk’s office also maintains a summary of what is currently happening on the Floor of the House and is available as the debate occurs.