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Rep. Charles Price

Former Representative for Illinois’s 21st District

Price was the representative for Illinois’s 21st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 1988.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 23rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1973 to 1982; the representative for Illinois’s 24th congressional district as a Democrat from 1953 to 1972; the representative for Illinois’s 25th congressional district as a Democrat from 1949 to 1952; and the representative for Illinois’s 22nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1945 to 1948.

Enacted Legislation

Price was the primary sponsor of 41 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 41 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Price sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (41%) Economics and Public Finance (19%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Education (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Price recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1945 to Apr 1988, Price missed 637 of 12,280 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is on par with the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Apr 1988. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: