Weldon was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1987 to 2006.
Weldon is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Weldon sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Weldon was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 659 (106th): Pennsylvania Battlefields Protection Act of 1999
- H.R. 4 (106th): National Missile Defense Act of 1999
- H.J.Res. 523 (102nd): Designating October 8, 1992, as “National Firefighters Day”.
- H.R. 2448 (102nd): Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Commemorative Medal and Fire Service Bill of Rights Act
- H.J.Res. 189 (102nd): Designating October 8, 1991, as “National Firefighters Day”.
- H.J.Res. 649 (100th): A joint resolution designating October 15, 1988, as “National Fire Fighters Day”.
- H.J.Res. 604 (100th): A joint resolution designating February 5 through 11, 1989, as “National Burn Awareness Week”.
Does 8 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).
Weldon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (21%) International Affairs (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Emergency Management (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Environmental Protection (8%) Commerce (7%)
Some of Weldon’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6023 (109th): To prohibit the owner of a foreign vessel having the capacity to ...
- H.Res. 765 (109th): Supporting the goals and ideals of National Campus Safety Awareness Month.
- H.Res. 764 (109th): Recognizing and honoring firefighters for their many contributions throughout the history of ...
- H.Con.Res. 375 (109th): Expressing the sense of Congress to support the decision of the United ...
- H.Res. 633 (109th): Honoring Helen Sewell on the occasion of her retirement from the House ...
- H.Con.Res. 307 (109th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a ...
- H.R. 4123 (109th): Air Cargo Fire and Rescue Enhancement Act
From Jan 1987 to Dec 2006, Weldon missed 700 of 11,069 roll call votes, which is 6.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills