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Rep. Chester Atkins

Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 5th District

Atkins, a Democrat, was the representative for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district from 1985 to 1992.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Atkins is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Atkins sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Atkins 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

Atkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Environmental Protection (23%) Water Resources Development (16%) International Affairs (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Families (7%) Education (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Oct 1992, Atkins missed 192 of 3,665 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is on par with the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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: