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Rep. Charles Dowdy

Former Representative for Mississippi’s 4th District

Dowdy was the representative for Mississippi’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat. He served from 1981 to 1988.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dowdy is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 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 Dowdy sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Dowdy was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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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 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

Dowdy sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (19%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Immigration (11%) Emergency Management (11%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Education (8%) Labor and Employment (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jul 1981 to Oct 1988, Dowdy missed 727 of 3,438 roll call votes, which is 21.1%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. 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: