Burton, a Republican, was the representative for Indiana's 5th congressional district from 2003 to 2012.
He was previously the representative for Indiana's 6th congressional district (1983-2002).
Burton is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Burton sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Burton was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 327 (107th): Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002
- H.R. 4642 (106th): To make certain personnel flexibilities available with respect to the General Accounting Office, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1836 (105th): Federal Employees Health Care Protection Act of 1998
- H.R. 4355 (105th): Year 2000 Information Disclosure Act
- H.R. 1057 (105th): To designate the building in Indianapolis, Indiana, which houses the operations of the Circle City Station Post Office as the “Andrew Jacobs, Jr. Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1058 (105th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service under construction at 150 West Margaret Drive in Terre Haute, Indiana, as the “John T. Myers Post ...
- H.R. 1553 (105th): To amend the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to extend the authorization of the Assassination Records Review Board until September 30, 1998.
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).
Burton sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Burton’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6650 (112th): To amend title 39, United States Code, to allow the United States ...
- H.R. 5003 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on Dimethyl malonate.
- H.R. 5005 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on 2,6-Dichloroaniline.
- H.R. 5010 (112th): To suspend temporarily the duty on 2-Amino-5,7-dimethoxy-1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine.
- H.R. 5004 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on diphenyl sulfide.
- H.R. 5000 (112th): To extend the temporary reduction of duty on methoxyfenozide.
- H.R. 5008 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on fenbuconazole.
|Burton’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
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H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 15, 2011. Passed 271/158.
S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
H.R. 2638 (110th): Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 370/58.
H.R. 3355 (110th): Homeowners’ Defense Act of 2007
Nov 8, 2007. Passed 258/155.
H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
From Jan 1983 to Jan 2013, Burton missed 1,010 of 18,002 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. ProPublica has tracked 46 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills