Nelsen was the representative for Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1959 to 1974.
Nelsen is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Nelsen sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Nelsen was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3538 (93rd): For the relief of Selmer Amundson.
- H.R. 10174 (93rd): Emergency Medical Services Systems Act
Does 2 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).
Nelsen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (27%) Agriculture and Food (17%) Health (17%) Private Legislation (12%) Taxation (10%) Environmental Protection (7%) Social Welfare (5%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)
Some of Nelsen’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 16883 (93rd): Eastern Wilderness Areas Act
- H.R. 15868 (93rd): A bill to amend section 5051 of the Internal Revenue Code of ...
- H.R. 15345 (93rd): A bill to prohibit the importation of fresh, chilled, or frozen cattle ...
- H.R. 15247 (93rd): Coal Research Laboratory and Energy Research Fellowship Act
- H.J.Res. 1050 (93rd): A joint Resolution designating the premises occupied by the Chief of Naval ...
- H.R. 14814 (93rd): Combined Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance-Income Tax Reporting Amendments
- H.R. 13987 (93rd): Health Resources Planning Act
From Jan 1959 to Dec 1974, Nelsen missed 356 of 3,693 roll call votes, which is 9.6%. This is on par with the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. 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