Hagedorn Opposes House “Proxy Voting” Rule

May 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) voted against H. Res. 965, a partisan resolution crafted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to change the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives and allow members to vote on the House floor by proxy and conduct committee work without having to travel to Washington, D.C. The measure passed, despite bipartisan opposition, by a vote of 217-189.

"Changing House rules to allow proxy voting, even in times of emergency, will set a precedent that will undoubtedly be abused and inflict lasting damage to the House as an institution,” said Hagedorn.

"One of the greatest reforms of the Newt Gingrich speakership was the elimination of proxy voting in committee, which removed power from committee chairs and returned it to individual members. Today’s action by Democrats not only reverses this reform but authorizes proxy voting on the House floor for the first time in history,” he continued.

"This rules change is a partisan power grab that will undermine our system of representative government by consolidating power with the speaker and diminish the ability of rank-and-file members to influence the legislative process. In fact, this rule change will enable the speaker and 21 other Democrat members, or just five percent of the House, to write the bills, move them through committee, set rules for debate and deliver the majority of votes to pass all legislation on the House floor,” Hagedorn concluded.

Hagedorn delivered a speech on the House floor in opposition to this rule change, which can be viewed here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.