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Rep. Cardiss Collins

Former Representative from Illinois’s 7th District, Democrat

Collins, a Democrat, was the representative for Illinois's 7th congressional district from 1973 to 1996.

Photo of Rep. Cardiss Collins [D-IL7, 1973-1996]


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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Collins is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Collins was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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