Perkins was the representative for Kentucky’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1949 to 1984.
Perkins is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Perkins was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4164 (98th): Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act
- H.R. 1310 (98th): Education for Economic Security Act
- H.R. 3904 (96th): Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980
- H.R. 8010 (96th): A bill to amend the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act to designate a Job Corps Center as the “Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center”.
- H.R. 4591 (96th): An act to make technical corrections and miscellaneous amendments in certain education laws contained in the Education Amendments of 1978, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 15 (95th): Education Amendments
- H.R. 13987 (95th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to insure that the deduction for contributions to a black lung benefit trust be allowed for any ...
Does 28 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 (29%) Labor and Employment (15%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Social Welfare (10%) Environmental Protection (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Arts, Culture, Religion (4%)
Some of Perkins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6075 (98th): A bill to amend part A of title XVIII of the Social ...
- H.Res. 554 (98th): A resolution providing for the consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. ...
- H.R. 5609 (98th): American Defense Education Act
- H.R. 5437 (98th): A bill for the relief of Corazon N. Chua.
- H.R. 5217 (98th): A bill to impose a moratorium on certain actions of the Interstate ...
- H.J.Res. 458 (98th): A joint resolution to designate the week of April 23-27, 1984, as ...
- H.Res. 400 (98th): A resolution providing amounts from the contingent fund of the House for ...
From Jan 1949 to Aug 1984, Perkins missed 198 of 10,348 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is better than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 1984. 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
- 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