Young was the representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1978.
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 liberal–conservative 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.
Young was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1746 (95th): A bill to amend the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 to halt the importation of Rhodesian chrome.
- H.R. 12035 (93rd): An Act to suspend until the close of June 30, 1975, the duty on certain carboxymethyl cellulose salts, and for other purposes.
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).
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%) Housing and Community Development (5%) Agriculture and Food (5%)
Some of Young’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2651 (95th): National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution Commission Act
- H.R. 2649 (95th): Food Stamp Act
- H.R. 2549 (95th): Comprehensive National Health Care Act
- H.R. 1977 (95th): Comprehensive National Health Care Act
- H.R. 1747 (95th): National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution Commission Act
- H.R. 1746 (95th): A bill to amend the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 to ...
- H.R. 111 (95th): A bill to authorize the establishment of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation ...
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 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills