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Rep. Carl Dewey Perkins

Former Representative for Kentucky’s 7th District

Perkins was the representative for Kentucky’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served 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 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.

Enacted Legislation

Perkins was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%) Energy (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Perkins recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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