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)
Shays was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3724 (108th): Energy Efficient Housing Technical Correction Act
- H.R. 2356 (107th): Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002
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.
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%)
Some of Shays’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7235 (110th): To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act the amount of deposits insured ...
- H.Res. 1522 (110th): Honoring the life, achievements, and contributions of Paul Newman.
- H.R. 7127 (110th): Total Learning Curriculum Implementation Act
- H.R. 6784 (110th): Home Heating Oil Assistance Act of 2008
- H.R. 6626 (110th): To authorize the Secretary of the Navy to repay Federal educational loans ...
- H.Res. 1289 (110th): Urging the President to direct the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to work ...
- H.Con.Res. 334 (110th): Supporting the goals and objectives of a National Military Appreciation Month.
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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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills