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)

Enacted Legislation

Shays was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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

Key Votes

Shays’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 2638 (110th): Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 370/58.
Aye H.R. 6899 (110th): Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act
Sep 16, 2008. Passed 236/189.
Yea H.R. 5803 (110th): To direct the Election Assistance Commission to establish a program to make grants to participating States and ...
Jul 15, 2008. Failed 248/170.
Yea H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
Yea H.R. 2768 (110th): S-MINER Act
Jan 16, 2008. Passed 214/199.
Aye H.R. 2764 (110th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008
Dec 17, 2007. Passed 206/201.
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.

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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