Rep. Bruce Vento

Former Representative from Minnesota’s 4th District, Democrat

Vento, a Democrat, was the representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district from 1977 to 2000.



Our unique analysis of the bills Vento sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Vento is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Vento was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Vento sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (27%) Law (14%) Social Welfare (12%) Commerce (12%) Labor and Employment (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Vento’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Oct 2000, Vento missed 741 of 12,977 roll call votes, which is 5.7%. This is worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 2000. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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