Rep. Charles “Chip” Pickering Jr.

Former Representative from Mississippi’s 3rd District, Republican

Pickering, a Republican, was the representative for Mississippi's 3rd congressional district from 1997 to 2008.

Photo of Rep. Charles “Chip” Pickering [R-MS3, 1997-2008]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Pickering sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Pickering is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Pickering was the primary sponsor of 3 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 about one third or more 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

Pickering sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Law (19%) Science, Technology, Communications (15%) Health (13%) Commerce (10%) Emergency Management (8%) Social Welfare (6%) Education (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Pickering’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.Res. 1525 (110th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 1424) to amend section 712 of ...
Oct 3, 2008. Passed 223/205.
Aye H.R. 3355 (110th): Homeowners’ Defense Act of 2007
Nov 8, 2007. Passed 258/155.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Nay H.R. 2317 (110th): Lobbying Transparency Act of 2007
May 24, 2007. Passed 382/37.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2008, Pickering missed 503 of 7,708 roll call votes, which is 6.5%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. ProPublica has tracked 4 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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