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Don Bacon

[Congressional biography]

Born: August 16, 1963 in Chicago Heights, IL

Education:

  • Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1984
  • University of Phoenix, M.B.A., 1996
  • National War College, M.A., 2004

Military Service:

  • U.S. Air Force, 1985-2014

Career:

  • Military advisor, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, 2014-2015
  • Asst. professor, University of Bellevue, 2014-2017



Election Results for Don Bacon


Click on the Year to see the results of that election.

YearAgeStatePartyOfficeDistrictStagePosVotes%
2016 52 NE R U.S. House District 02 Primary 1 32,328 66.0%
2016 52 NE R U.S. House District 02 General 1 141,066 48.9%
2018 54 NE R U.S. House District 02 Primary 1 33,852 100.0%
2018 54 NE R U.S. House District 02 General 1 126,715 51.0%
2020 56 NE R U.S. House District 02 Primary 1 68,531 90.6%
2020 56 NE R U.S. House District 02 General 1 171,071 50.8%
2022 58 NE R U.S. House District 02 Primary 1 53,824 77.1%
2022 58 NE R U.S. House District 02 General 1 112,663 51.3%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this election.




Ideology Data for Don Bacon


Click on the number in the 'Conserv.' column to see all of the key votes for that year.

YearAgeBodyConservative
Coalition
Party UnityPresidential
Support
Vote %LiberalConserv.
P
2017 53 House 96 4 R 97 3 100 0 78
2018 54 House 97 3 R 100 0 100 0 72
2019 55 House 86 14 R 94 6 100 0 76
2020 56 House 85 11 R 75 25 97 20 59
2021 57 House 87 13 D 17 83 99 0 64
2022 58 House 81 19 D 43 57 99 53
2023 59 House 71 29 D 99 59
Lifetime conservative rating:   64%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this row.



Conservative Coalition: According to the publication "Congressional Quarterly" (CQ), this is an alliance of Republicans and Southern Democrats (from back when Southern Democrats tended to be conservative or at least moderate) against Northern Democrats in Congress.

This concept had significant meaning perhaps through the 1980's. These statistics stopped being computed after 2000 because conservative Democrats no longer existed except in very rare cases. The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the coalition; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the coalition. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Party Unity: According to CQ, a Party Unity vote in Congress is one in which the parties were split, with a majority of Democrats opposing a majority of Republicans.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with his party; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the party. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Presidential Support: These are votes for which the President has stated his position, either in via a message to Congress, by press conference remarks or other public statements and documents.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the President; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the President. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast. The "P" column indicates the party of the President in each year.



Vote %: The percentage of roll-call votes in which this Representaive or Senator participated by voting "Yes" or "No" (as opposed to "Present" or not voting at all.)



Liberal Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the ultra-liberal advocacy organization called "Americans for Democratic Action" (ADA). They have been rating members of Congress since 1947. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the liberal position on a key issue. The methodology behind the calculation can be found here. Ratings followed by an asterisk were calculated the "ADA way" due to missing data regarding key votes in the ADA source material.



Conservative Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the conservative advocacy organization called the "American Conservative Union" (ACU). They have been rating members of Congress since 1971. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the conservative position on a key issue.

The liberal and conservative ratings are not expected to add to 100% because the two groups use different sets of key votes to determine their ratings. Conservative ratings from 1961 through 1970 (and for 2024) were calculated based on key votes as selected by the creators of this website.