Pursell was the representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1977 to 1992.
Pursell 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Pursell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Pursell was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.J.Res. 567 (98th): A joint resolution to designate 1984 as the “Year of the St. Lawrence Seaway” and June 27, 1984, as “St. Lawrence Seaway Day”.
Does 1 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).
Pursell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Pursell’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Con.Res. 340 (102nd): Recognizing the accomplishments of the National Eye Institute.
- H.R. 2447 (102nd): National Institute of Nursing Research Act
- H.R. 1174 (102nd): To repeal the Newspaper Preservation Act.
- H.R. 840 (102nd): Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Act
- H.R. 4970 (101st): To repeal the Newspaper Preservation Act.
- H.R. 4599 (101st): To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States to correct ...
- H.R. 3970 (101st): Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Act
From Jan 1977 to Oct 1992, Pursell missed 1,024 of 8,199 roll call votes, which is 12.5%. This is much worse 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.
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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
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills