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Rep. Abner Mikva

Former Representative for Illinois’s 10th District

Mikva was the representative for Illinois’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1980.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1969 to 1972.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mikva is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Mikva sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mikva was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Mikva sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (23%) Taxation (21%) Social Welfare (18%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Labor and Employment (8%) Education (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Mikva’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1969 to Sep 1979, Mikva missed 644 of 4,370 roll call votes, which is 14.7%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1979. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: