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Rep. Brad Ellsworth

Former Representative for Indiana’s 8th District

Ellsworth was the representative for Indiana’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2007 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Brad Ellsworth [D-IN8, 2007-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ellsworth is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Ellsworth sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ellsworth was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ellsworth sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (20%) Taxation (18%) Commerce (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Law (10%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Health (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Ellsworth recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Ellsworth voted Nay

Ellsworth voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Ellsworth voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Dec 2010, Ellsworth missed 75 of 3,531 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is better than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: