Adams was a senator from Washington and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 1992.
He was previously the representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1978.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
Adams is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 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 Adams sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Adams was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- S.J.Res. 108 (102nd): A joint resolution to designate the week of May 13, 1991, through May 19, 1991, as “National Senior Nutrition Week”.
- S.J.Res. 209 (101st): A joint resolution to designate November 11, 1989, as “Washington Centennial Day”.
- S. 402 (101st): Puyallup Tribe of Indians Settlement Act of 1989
- S. 1979 (100th): A bill to establish the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.
- H.R. 4583 (94th): A bill for the relief of Rosina C. Beltran.
- H.R. 17450 (93rd): An Act to provide a People’s Counsel for the Public Service Commission in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
Does 6 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).
Adams sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (23%) Environmental Protection (14%) International Affairs (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Social Welfare (9%) Education (8%) Native Americans (8%)
Some of Adams’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3350 (102nd): National Organ Donor and Awareness Campaign Act of 1992
- S. 3339 (102nd): Supportive Services in Housing Act of 1992
- S. 3344 (102nd): Mature and Older Workers Act of 1992
- S. 3284 (102nd): A bill to authorize United States participation in the Cascadia Corridor Commission.
- S. 3184 (102nd): Private Pension Reform Act-Retirement 2000
- S. 3186 (102nd): Ethics in Referrals and Billing Act of 1992
- S. 3008 (102nd): Older Americans Act Amendments of 1992
From Jan 1987 to Oct 1992, Adams missed 67 of 1,987 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is on par with the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators 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