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Rep. Barbara Kennelly

Former Representative for Connecticut’s 1st District

Kennelly was the representative for Connecticut’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1981 to 1998.

Photo of Rep. Barbara Kennelly [D-CT1, 1981-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kennelly is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 Kennelly sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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

Kennelly sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (17%) Labor and Employment (17%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Commerce (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Families (10%) Health (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kennelly’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Feb 1982 to Dec 1998, Kennelly missed 312 of 8,679 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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