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Rep. Alan Mollohan

Former Representative for West Virginia’s 1st District

Mollohan was the representative for West Virginia’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Alan Mollohan [D-WV1, 1983-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mollohan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Mollohan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mollohan was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

Mollohan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (25%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Energy (12%) Law (12%) Education (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Water Resources Development (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Mollohan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Mollohan voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Mollohan voted Nay

Mollohan voted Nay

Passed 293/129 on Jun 20, 2008.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Dec 2010, Mollohan missed 893 of 16,392 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: