Rep. Christopher Shays

Former Representative from Connecticut’s 4th District, Republican

Shays, a Republican, was the representative for Connecticut's 4th congressional district from 1987 to 2008.



Our unique analysis of the bills Shays 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). Shays is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Shays sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Law (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Labor and Employment (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) International Affairs (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Sep 1987 to Dec 2008, Shays missed 287 of 12,648 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. ProPublica has tracked 75 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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