Rep. David Bonior
Former Representative for Michigan’s 10th District
Bonior is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Bonior sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.
Bonior was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 587 (100th): A joint resolution designating July 2 and 3, 1988, as “United States-Canada Days of Peace and Friendship”.
- H.J.Res. 307 (100th): A joint resolution designating July 25, 1987, as “Clean Water Day”.
- H.J.Res. 715 (99th): A joint resolution to designate July 2 and 3, 1987, as “The U.S.--Canada Days of Peace and Friendship”.
- H.J.Res. 227 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week of June 23, 1985, through June 29, 1985, as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week”.
- H.J.Res. 1147 (95th): A resolution authorizing and requesting the President to designate the seven-day period beginning on May 28, 1979, as “Vietnam Veterans Week”.
- H.J.Res. 1165 (95th): A resolution authorizing and requesting the President to designate the seven-day period beginning on May 28, 1979, as “Vietnam Veterans Week”.
- H.J.Res. 1156 (95th): A resolution authorizing and requesting the President to designate the seven-day period beginning on May 28, 1979, as “Vietnam Veterans Week”.
Does 15 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).
Bonior sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (27%) Labor and Employment (16%) Law (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (10%) Commerce (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Immigration (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Bonior recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5459 (107th): To provide for and approve the settlement of certain land claims of …
- H.R. 5271 (107th): To waive time limitations specified by law in order to allow the …
- H.R. 4799 (107th): Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2002
- H.R. 3642 (107th): 401(k) Pension Right to Know Act of 2002
- H.R. 3374 (107th): To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a minimum pension …
- H.Con.Res. 227 (107th): Condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South …
- H.R. 2727 (107th): Arsenic-Lumber Child Protection Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1977 to Nov 2002, Bonior missed 1,030 of 14,058 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. 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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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