Steelman was the representative for Texas’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1973 to 1976.
Steelman is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Steelman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Steelman was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 4411 (93rd): A bill to name a Federal office building in Dallas, Tex., the “Earle Cabell Federal Building”.
Does 1 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).
Steelman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (38%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Health (8%) Social Welfare (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Some of Steelman’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 15595 (94th): A bill to repeal titles XV and XVI of the Public Health ...
- H.Con.Res. 753 (94th): A resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Hispanic Americans should receive ...
- H.R. 14923 (94th): Government Economy and Spending Reform Act
- H.R. 14924 (94th): Minority Business Development and Expanded Ownership Act
- H.J.Res. 1038 (94th): A resolution authorizing the President to proclaim the week beginning on November ...
- H.J.Res. 998 (94th): Joint resolution authorizing President to proclaim the week beginning on November 7, ...
- H.R. 14483 (94th): Minority Business Development and Expanded Ownership Act
From Jan 1973 to Oct 1976, Steelman missed 560 of 2,351 roll call votes, which is 23.8%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills