Heftel was the representative for Hawaii’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1986.
Heftel is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 Heftel sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.
Heftel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (33%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) Energy (15%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Social Welfare (7%) Private Legislation (7%) Health (6%)
Some of Heftel’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4254 (99th): A bill to provide for the duty-free entry of certain structures and ...
- H.R. 4124 (99th): A bill to amend the Indian Education Act and other Acts relating ...
- H.R. 4101 (99th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to extend ...
- H.R. 3255 (99th): Small Business Tax Simplification Act of 1985
- H.Res. 259 (99th): A resolution to request that the President establish a bipartisan commission on ...
- H.Res. 243 (99th): A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives to preserve ...
- H.R. 2825 (99th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide ...
From Jan 1977 to Jun 1986, Heftel missed 1,107 of 5,160 roll call votes, which is 21.5%. This is much worse than the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 1986. 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills