Ireland 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 Ireland sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Ireland was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 3317 (99th): A bill to amend the False Claims Act, and title 18 of the United States Code regarding penalties for false claims, and for other purposes.
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).
Ireland sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Commerce (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Environmental Protection (13%) Taxation (13%) Health (7%) Energy (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%)
Some of Ireland’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5774 (102nd): For the relief of LeeAnn Bassett Helmick, Lynn Bassett Holland, and Louise ...
- H.R. 5765 (102nd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt from the ...
- H.R. 5249 (102nd): Gulf of Mexico Preservation Act of 1992
- H.R. 5177 (102nd): Small Business Cost Estimate Act of 1992
- H.R. 5062 (102nd): To amend title 10, United States Code, to strengthen the requirements with ...
- H.R. 5063 (102nd): To abolish the centralized cost centers that were established by the military ...
- H.R. 4836 (102nd): To reduce Department of Defense balances of expired appropriations by canceling certain ...
From Jan 1977 to Oct 1992, Ireland missed 1,073 of 8,199 roll call votes, which is 13.1%. 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.
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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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills