Bustamante was the representative for Texas’s 23rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 1992.
Bustamante is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives 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 Bustamante sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Bustamante was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.J.Res. 299 (99th): A joint resolution recognizing the accomplishments over the past 50 years resulting from the passage of the Historic Sites Act of 1935, one of this Nation’s landmark ...
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).
Bustamante sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Bustamante’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6060 (102nd): United States-Mexico Border Environmental Zone Protection Act
- H.J.Res. 533 (102nd): Designating May 1993, as “Karate Kids Just Say No to Drugs Month”.
- H.R. 4320 (102nd): To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend coverage under the ...
- H.R. 2868 (102nd): Relating to the reliquidation of certain entries.
- H.R. 2623 (102nd): To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit the expansion of ...
- H.R. 1931 (102nd): To provide a separate tariff classification for, and to suspend temporarily the ...
- H.R. 1853 (102nd): To provide for the duty-free liquidation or reliquidation of, and the refund ...
From Jan 1985 to Oct 1992, Bustamante missed 346 of 3,665 roll call votes, which is 9.4%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills