Perkins was the representative for Kentucky’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1992.
Perkins faced an allegation of bank fraud and lying to investigators. On Dec. 13, 1994, he pleaded guilty. In 1992, perkins' district, the Kentucky 7th was eliminated by redistricting and Perkins did not seek re-election in the newly created 5th district in 1992.
|1992||Perkins' district, the Kentucky 7th was eliminated by redistricting and Perkins did not seek re-election in the newly created 5th district in 1992.|
|Dec. 13, 1994||Pleaded guilty.|
Perkins is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives 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 Perkins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Perkins was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3033 (102nd): Job Training Reform Amendments of 1992
- H.R. 4841 (99th): A bill to amend the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act with respect to State allotments under the Act.
- H.R. 1627 (99th): Kentucky Wilderness Act of 1985
Does 3 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).
Perkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (31%) Labor and Employment (15%) Social Welfare (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Taxation (8%) Environmental Protection (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%)
Some of Perkins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5980 (102nd): Veterans’ Job Training Act of 1992
- H.R. 5723 (102nd): School-to-Work Transition and Skill Standards Development Act of 1992
- H.R. 5329 (102nd): To amend the Job Training Partnership Act to improve employment and training ...
- H.R. 5119 (102nd): To authorize the construction of the Cumberland Mountain Trail in the States ...
- H.R. 4407 (102nd): Employment and Economic Growth Act
- H.R. 3691 (102nd): Directing the Secretary of the Army to develop and implement a plan ...
- H.R. 3632 (102nd): Work Colleges Act of 1991
From Jan 1985 to Oct 1992, Perkins missed 101 of 3,665 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is better than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills