Rep. Barton “Bart” Gordon

Former Representative from Tennessee’s 6th District, Democrat

Gordon, a Democrat, was the representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district from 1985 to 2010.



Our unique analysis of the bills Gordon sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Gordon is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Gordon was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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.
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
No H.R. 1464 (110th): Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2008
May 20, 2008. Passed 294/119.
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.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
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. ProPublica has tracked 2 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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