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Rep. Butler Derrick Jr.

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 3rd District

Derrick was the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1994.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Derrick is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Derrick sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Derrick was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Derrick sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (27%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Finance and Financial Sector (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Environmental Protection (9%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Taxation (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Nov 1994, Derrick missed 820 of 10,594 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is much worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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: