Which Democrats voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress?


(Ricky Carioti/THE WASHINGTON POST)

More than 100 Democrats left the House floor before the vote, but 17 moderate Democrats stayed behind and joined with Republicans in voting for contempt, robbing the Obama administration and congressional Democrats of its main argument that the vote was a blatant partisan maneuver to discredit Holder and the White House in an election year.

All but one of the 17 Democrats has previously been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, which said it would be tracking Thursday’s vote in determining future endorsements. In a letter to lawmakers last week, the NRA said, “It is no secret that the NRA does not admire Attorney General Holder.” But the gun rights group said it supported the contempt resolution because the Justice Department was obstructing a congressional investigation.

So which Democrats voted for contempt? And which Republicans bucked the party line? Check out the listings below — with links to each’s members bio pages from The Washington Post Congressional Votes Database.

ON THE HOLDER CRIMINAL CONTEMPT CHARGE:

Final vote count: 255 to 67. According to the Office of the House Republican Whip, 110 members did not vote; 108 were Democrats and two were Republicans.

Two Republicans voted no, or against the Holder criminal contempt charge:

Scott Rigell (R-Va.)

Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio)

One Democrat voted present:

Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.)

17 Democrats voted yes — with most Republicans — to hold Holder in criminal contempt. A * denotes a previous NRA endorsement:

Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) *

John Barrow (D-Ga.)*

Dan Boren (D-Okla.) *

Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) *

Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) *

Mark Critz (D-Pa.) *

Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) *

Kathleen Hochul (D-N.Y.)

Ron Kind (D-Wis.) *

Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) *

Jim Matheson (D-Utah) *

Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) *

William Owens (D-N.Y.) *

Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) *

Nick Rahall (D-W. Va.) *

Mike Ross (D-Ark.) *

Timothy Walz (D-Minn.)*

ON THE HOLDER CIVIL CONTEMPT CHARGE:

Final vote count: 258 to 95. According to the office of the House Majority Whip, 75 members did not vote and five members voted present.

Five Democrats voted present on the civil contempt charge:

Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)

Jim Costa (D-Calif.)

Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)

Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.)

Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.)

Twenty-one Democrats voted yes — with all Republicans — on the Holder civil contempt charge:

Altmire

Ron Barber (D-Ariz.)

Barrow

Boren

Boswell

Chandler

Critz

Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)

Donnelly

Hochul

Kind

Kissell

Matheson

McIntyre

Michael Michaud (D-Maine)*

Brad Miller (D-N.C.)*

Owens

Peterson

Rahall

Ross

Walz

Learn more about your lawmakers by visiting The Washington Post Congressional Votes Database

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