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Rep. Carl Pursell

Former Representative for Michigan’s 2nd District

Pursell was the representative for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1977 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Carl Pursell [R-MI2, 1977-1992]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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.

Enacted Legislation

Pursell was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Pursell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (46%) Education (23%) Commerce (15%) International Affairs (15%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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