Rep. Daniel Rostenkowski

Former Representative from Illinois’s 5th District, Democrat

Rostenkowski, a Democrat, was the representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district from 1993 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district (1959-1992).


Our unique analysis of the bills Rostenkowski sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Rostenkowski is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Rostenkowski was the primary sponsor of 64 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rostenkowski sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (26%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (16%) Health (14%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Social Welfare (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Government Operations and Politics (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Nov 1994, Rostenkowski missed 1,965 of 14,287 roll call votes, which is 13.8%. This is much worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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