Mathias is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1986 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 Mathias sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.
Mathias was the primary sponsor of 52 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 332 (99th): A bill for the relief of Ramzi Sallomy and Marie Sallomy.
- S. 1230 (99th): Act to Authorize the United States to Participate in Chapter II of the Patent Cooperation Treaty
- S.J.Res. 169 (99th): A joint resolution to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the first patent and the first copyright laws.
- S. 1766 (99th): A bill to designate the Cumberland terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in honor of J. Glenn Beall, Sr.
- S. 2759 (99th): An original bill relating to telephone services for Senators.
- S.J.Res. 356 (99th): A joint resolution to recognize and support the efforts of the United States Committee for the Battle of Normandy Museum to encourage American awareness and participation in ...
- S.J.Res. 303 (99th): A joint resolution to designate April 1986, as “Fair Housing Month”.
Does 52 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).
Mathias sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Private Legislation (36%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Immigration (11%) International Affairs (9%) Commerce (8%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Arts, Culture, Religion (5%) Education (5%)
Some of Mathias’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.J.Res. 428 (99th): A joint resolution granting the consent and approval of Congress for the ...
- S.Res. 500 (99th): An original resolution managing the expenditure of funds for Senate official mail ...
- S.Res. 496 (99th): An original resolution to pay a gratuity to Eugene A. Bundy.
- S.Res. 499 (99th): An original resolution to pay a gratuity to Marjorie A. Pattison.
- S. 2904 (99th): Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1986
- S.Res. 498 (99th): An original resolution to amend rule XXXV of the standing Rules of ...
- S.Res. 497 (99th): An original resolution to pay a gratuity to David K. Stokely.
From Jan 1969 to Oct 1986, Mathias missed 1,520 of 8,648 roll call votes, which is 17.6%. This is much worse than the median of 6.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 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