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Rep. Claude Pepper

Former Representative for Florida’s 18th District

Pepper, a Democrat, was the representative for Florida's 18th congressional district from 1983 to 1989.

He was previously the representative for Florida's 14th congressional district (1973-1982); the representative for Florida's 11th congressional district (1967-1972); the representative for Florida's 3rd congressional district (1963-1966); and a senator from Florida (1936-1950).

Photo of Rep. Claude Pepper [D-FL18, 1983-1989]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pepper is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 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 Pepper sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Pepper was the primary sponsor of 23 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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

Pepper sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (33%) Social Welfare (30%) International Affairs (8%) Economics and Public Finance (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Education (6%) Immigration (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to May 1989, Pepper missed 2,298 of 10,969 roll call votes, which is 20.9%. This is much worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in May 1989. 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: