Blackburn was the representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1967 to 1974.
Blackburn is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Blackburn sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Blackburn was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1949 (93rd): A bill for the relief of Hazel W. Lawson and Lloyd C. Johnson.
- H.R. 1948 (93rd): A bill for the relief of Edgar P. Faulkner and Ray H. New.
- H.J.Res. 481 (93rd): Joint resolution to authorize the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the month of May in each year as “National Arthritis Month”.
Does 3 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).
Blackburn sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (17%) Labor and Employment (17%) Taxation (14%) Private Legislation (14%) International Affairs (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Housing and Community Development (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%)
Some of Blackburn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Con.Res. 676 (93rd): Concurrent resolution to establish a target of $297 billion, for budget outlays ...
- H.R. 16917 (93rd): A bill to authorize Benjamin S. Persons to accept appointment as Vice ...
- H.R. 16681 (93rd): Eastern Wilderness Areas Act
- H.R. 15086 (93rd): National Protection Act
- H.R. 15033 (93rd): National Protection Act
- H.R. 14961 (93rd): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide ...
- H.Res. 1075 (93rd): Resolution in support of continued undiluted U.S. sovereignty and jurisdiction over the ...
From Jan 1967 to Dec 1974, Blackburn missed 560 of 2,646 roll call votes, which is 21.2%. This is much worse than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. 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