Wheat was the representative for Missouri’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1994.
Wheat is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Wheat sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Wheat was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4551 (103rd): To designate the Post Office building located at 301 West Lexington in Independence, Missouri, as the “William J. Randall Post Office”.
- H.R. 4896 (103rd): To grant the consent of the Congress to the Kansas and Missouri Metropolitan Culture District Compact.
- H.R. 2559 (103rd): An Act to designate the Federal building located at 601 East 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri, as the “Richard Bolling Federal Building and the United States ...
- H.R. 486 (103rd): To provide for the addition of the Truman Farm Home to the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in the State of Missouri.
- H.R. 419 (101st): To provide for the addition of certain parcels to the Harry S Truman National Historic Site in the State of Missouri.
Does 5 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).
Wheat sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (30%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) International Affairs (11%) Education (11%) Commerce (9%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Health (5%)
Some of Wheat’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5288 (103rd): Bi-State Waste Disposal Efficiency Act
- H.R. 4896 (103rd): To grant the consent of the Congress to the Kansas and Missouri ...
- H.R. 4551 (103rd): To designate the Post Office building located at 301 West Lexington in ...
- H.R. 4534 (103rd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to facilitate portability, enhance ...
- H.Con.Res. 246 (103rd): Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the denial or limitation of ...
- H.R. 4181 (103rd): Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994
- H.R. 3713 (103rd): Salvage Vehicle Title Reform and Highway Safety Act
From Jan 1983 to Nov 1994, Wheat missed 180 of 5,686 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is on par with the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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