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Rep. Allan Swift

Former Representative for Washington’s 2nd District

Swift was the representative for Washington’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1994.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Swift 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Swift sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Swift was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 13 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

Swift sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Environmental Protection (17%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Health (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Emergency Management (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Swift’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Nov 1994, Swift missed 268 of 7,781 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: