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Rep. Carl Perkins

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 7th District

Perkins, a Democrat, was the representative for Kentucky's 7th congressional district from 1949 to 1984.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Perkins was the primary sponsor of 28 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

Perkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (29%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Labor and Employment (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Social Welfare (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%) Environmental Protection (6%) Arts, Culture, Religion (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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