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Rep. Barton “Bart” Gordon

Former Representative for Tennessee’s 6th District

Gordon was the representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Barton “Bart” Gordon [D-TN6, 1985-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gordon is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Gordon sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gordon was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Gordon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Science, Technology, Communications (20%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Energy (13%) Health (11%) Education (9%) Law (8%) Environmental Protection (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gordon’s Vote Vote Description
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.Con.Res. 355 (110th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of ...
May 20, 2008. Passed 239/175.
No H.R. 3056 (110th): Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007
Oct 10, 2007. Passed 232/173.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Yea H.R. 2560 (110th): Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2007
Jun 6, 2007. Failed 204/213.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 2010, Gordon missed 604 of 15,490 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: