Byron was the representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1979 to 1992.
Byron is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Byron sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Byron was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 6184 (102nd): To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the American Discovery Trail for study to determine the feasibility and desirability of its designation as a national ...
- H.R. 990 (102nd): To authorize additional appropriations for land acquisition at Monacacy National Battlefield, Maryland.
- H.R. 3545 (101st): To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to make certain changes relating to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission.
- H.R. 2806 (100th): A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U. S. C. 1701) to permit temporary use by Federal departments and agencies ...
- H.R. 4554 (100th): A bill to remove certain restrictions on land acquisitions for Antietam National Battlefield.
- H.R. 2641 (100th): National Trails System Improvements Act of 1988
- H.R. 3967 (100th): A bill to amend the Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1985, to extend medical benefits for certain former spouses.
Does 11 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).
Byron sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Byron’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6184 (102nd): To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the American Discovery ...
- H.R. 5914 (102nd): To authorize the acceptance of certain lands for addition to the Antietam ...
- H.J.Res. 468 (102nd): Designating March 20, 1993, as “National Quilting Day”.
- H.R. 4316 (102nd): Volunteers Investing in Peace and Security Act
- H.R. 3808 (102nd): National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Act
- H.R. 3166 (102nd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the exclusion ...
- H.R. 3011 (102nd): To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the American Discovery ...
From Jan 1979 to Oct 1992, Byron missed 466 of 6,659 roll call votes, which is 7.0%. This is worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills