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Rep. Cynthia McKinney

Former Representative for Georgia’s 4th District

McKinney was the representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2005 to 2006.

She was previously the representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1997 to 2002; and the representative for Georgia’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 1996.

Photo of Rep. Cynthia McKinney [D-GA4, 2005-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

McKinney 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills McKinney sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McKinney was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

McKinney sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (17%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (15%) Law (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) International Affairs (9%) Commerce (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

McKinney recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2006, McKinney missed 480 of 7,073 roll call votes, which is 6.8%. 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, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: