Dixon is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Dixon sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Dixon was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S.J.Res. 252 (102nd): A joint resolution designating the week of April 18 through 24, 1993, as “National Credit Education Week”.
- S.J.Res. 176 (102nd): A joint resolution to designate March 19, 1992, as “National Women in Agriculture Day”.
- S. 1726 (102nd): Judicial Naturalization Amendments of 1991
- S. 3108 (101st): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 South John F. Kennedy Drive, Carpentersville, Illinois, as the “Robert McClory Post ...
- S. 2948 (101st): Illinois Wilderness Act of 1990
- S.J.Res. 81 (101st): A joint resolution to designate the week of October 1 through 7, 1989, as “National Health Care Food Service Week”.
- S.J.Res. 212 (100th): A joint resolution to designate the period commencing May 8, 1988, and ending on May 14, 1988, as “National Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Week”.
Does 14 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).
Dixon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (29%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (14%) Taxation (11%) International Affairs (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Economics and Public Finance (7%)
Some of Dixon’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3170 (102nd): A bill to suspend until January 1, 1995, the duty on certain ...
- S. 3059 (102nd): A bill to suspend until January 1, 1995, the duty on TFA ...
- S. 3058 (102nd): A bill to suspend until January 1, 1995, the duty on Calan ...
- S.Res. 315 (102nd): A resolution to congratulate the Chicago Bulls on winning the 1992 National ...
- S. 2664 (102nd): A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain chemicals.
- S.J.Res. 252 (102nd): A joint resolution designating the week of April 18 through 24, 1993, ...
- S.Res. 245 (102nd): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate in support of United ...
From Jan 1981 to Oct 1992, Dixon missed 195 of 4,355 roll call votes, which is 4.5%. This is on par with the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills