Collins was the representative for Illinois’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1973 to 1996.
Collins is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Collins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.
Collins was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2704 (104th): To provide that the United States Post Office building that is to be located on the 2600 block of East 75th Street in Chicago, Illinois, shall be ...
- H.R. 965 (103rd): Child Safety Protection Act
- H.R. 1189 (103rd): Armored Car Industry Reciprocity Act of 1993
- H.J.Res. 11 (103rd): Designating October 1993 as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.
- H.J.Res. 393 (102nd): Designating October 1992 as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.
- H.J.Res. 257 (102nd): Designating October 1991 as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.
- H.J.Res. 38 (102nd): Designating October 1991 as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.
Does 10 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).
Collins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Commerce (16%) Health (15%) Law (14%) Labor and Employment (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Economics and Public Finance (7%)
Some of Collins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 511 (104th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a commemorative postage ...
- H.R. 3785 (104th): Background Security Records Act of 1996
- H.R. 3522 (104th): Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Act
- H.R. 2845 (104th): Environmental Equal Rights Act of 1995
- H.R. 2704 (104th): To provide that the United States Post Office building that is to ...
- H.R. 2537 (104th): To provide for the reliquidation of certain entries of imported chemicals.
- H.R. 1795 (104th): Federal Acquisition Improvement Reform Act of 1995
From Jun 1973 to Sep 1996, Collins missed 2,155 of 12,881 roll call votes, which is 16.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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