Roberts was the representative for South Dakota’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1981 to 1982.
Roberts was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 4347 (97th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to proceed with development of the WEB Pipeline, to provide for the study of South Dakota water projects ...
Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Roberts sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Roberts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7088 (97th): A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to prohibit conditioning ...
- H.R. 6951 (97th): A bill for the relief of Mary Jane Cote, widow of Lieutenant ...
- H.R. 5197 (97th): Drought Income Deferral Act of 1981
- H.R. 5155 (97th): A bill to reverse Internal Revenue Ruling 81-216.
- H.R. 4347 (97th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to proceed with ...
- H.R. 4029 (97th): A bill to authorize the construction of a project for pumped-storage hydropower ...
- H.R. 3164 (97th): A bill to reauthorize the Belle Fourche project under the Pick-Sloan Missouri ...
From Jan 1981 to Dec 1982, Roberts missed 93 of 812 roll call votes, which is 11.5%. This is worse than the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills