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Rep. Charles “Chip” Pickering Jr.

Former Representative for Mississippi’s 3rd District

Pickering was the representative for Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2008.

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


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pickering is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Pickering sponsored and cosponsored. See full 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. 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: