Riley was the representative for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2002.
Riley is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Riley sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.
Riley was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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).
Riley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (23%) Labor and Employment (16%) Law (14%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Education (9%)
Some of Riley’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Con.Res. 430 (107th): Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the Pledge of Allegiance.
- H.Con.Res. 377 (107th): Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the establishment by the Hyundai Motor ...
- H.R. 3252 (107th): National Junior College for Deaf and Blind at the Alabama Institute for ...
- H.R. 2413 (107th): Military Spouse Employment Assistance Act of 2001
- H.R. 241 (107th): Congressional Pay Integrity and Accountability Act of 2001
- H.R. 240 (107th): To ensure that certain property which was taken into trust by the ...
- H.R. 159 (107th): Armed Services Voting Act
From Jan 1997 to Nov 2002, Riley missed 398 of 3,397 roll call votes, which is 11.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. 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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