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Rep. Andrew Young

Former Representative for Georgia’s 5th District

Young was the representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1978.

Photo of Rep. Andrew Young [D-GA5, 1973-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Young is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Young sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Young was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Young sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Sports and Recreation (19%) International Affairs (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Health (11%) Social Welfare (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Young recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Feb 1977, Young missed 472 of 2,356 roll call votes, which is 20.0%. This is much worse than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1977. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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