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Rep. Barbara-Rose Collins

Former Representative for Michigan’s 15th District

Collins was the representative for Michigan’s 15th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1993 to 1996.

She was previously the representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district as a Democrat from 1991 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Barbara-Rose Collins [D-MI15, 1993-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Collins is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Collins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Collins was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Collins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (20%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Education (12%) Families (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Health (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Collins recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Sep 1996, Collins missed 389 of 3,393 roll call votes, which is 11.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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: