Goldwater is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Goldwater sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Goldwater was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1550 (97th): A bill for the relief of Aurora Isidra Rullan Diaz.
- H.R. 3234 (96th): A bill for the relief of Rodolfo Jose Kozul.
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).
Goldwater sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (24%) Taxation (16%) Social Welfare (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Private Legislation (8%) Education (6%) Environmental Protection (6%)
Some of Goldwater’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6529 (97th): Jobs and Business Opportunities for the Handicapped Act of 1982
- H.R. 5344 (97th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to permit ...
- H.R. 4697 (97th): Nuclear Waste Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1981
- H.R. 4466 (97th): A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act pertaining to ...
- H.R. 4356 (97th): Periodic Payment Settlement Act of 1981
- H.J.Res. 307 (97th): A joint resolution in support of the Guidelines Governing the Protection of ...
- H.R. 1909 (97th): Nuclear Waste Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1981
From May 1969 to Dec 1982, Goldwater missed 1,660 of 7,048 roll call votes, which is 23.6%. This is much worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills