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Rep. Daniel Rostenkowski

Former Representative for Illinois’s 5th District

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).


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rostenkowski is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Rostenkowski sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Rostenkowski was the primary sponsor of 71 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rostenkowski sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (26%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (16%) Health (14%) Social Welfare (9%) Labor and Employment (9%) Economics and Public Finance (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

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