Evans was the representative for Georgia’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1982.
Evans 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 Evans sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Evans was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.J.Res. 141 (97th): A joint resolution authorizing and requesting the President to issue a proclamation designating the period from October 4, 1981, through October 10, 1981, as “National Schoolbus Safety ...
Does 1 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).
Evans sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Evans’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4786 (97th): Bankruptcy Improvements Act of 1981
- H.R. 4451 (97th): A bill for the relief of Major Ralph Edwards, United States Air ...
- H.R. 4352 (97th): A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to revise the penalties ...
- H.R. 4353 (97th): A bill to amend the Act entitled “An Act to establish a ...
- H.R. 4217 (97th): A bill to designate the building known as the Veterans’ Administration Medical ...
- H.R. 4072 (97th): A bill to provide for contribution of damages attributable to an agreement ...
- H.R. 3328 (97th): Small Business Development Program Improvement Act of 1981
From Jan 1977 to Dec 1982, Evans missed 559 of 3,628 roll call votes, which is 15.4%. 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