Our unique analysis of the bills Houghton sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2004. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Houghton is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Houghton was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1584 (108th): Clean Diamond Trade Act
- H.R. 4762 (106th): 527 Organization Disclosure bill
- H.R. 3156 (105th): To present a congressional gold medal to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
- H.R. 5367 (101st): Seneca Nation Settlement Act of 1990
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 about one third or more 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).
Houghton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Houghton’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 855 (108th): Commending the “Trust in the Lives of Older Women” program and encouraging ...
- H.R. 5249 (108th): Firearm Theft Prevention Act of 2004
- H.Res. 783 (108th): Recognizing Jerry J. Jasinowski on the occasion of his retirement from the ...
- H.R. 4832 (108th): Freedom of the Press Reinforcement Act
- H.R. 4287 (108th): Wool Suit and Textile Trade Extension Act of 2004
- H.R. 4134 (108th): Home Mortgage Tax Simplification Act of 2004
- H.R. 4133 (108th): Filing Status Simplification Act of 2004
From Jan 1987 to Dec 2004, Houghton missed 755 of 9,855 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2004. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills