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Rep. David “Dave” Obey

Former Representative for Wisconsin’s 7th District

Obey was the representative for Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1969 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. David “Dave” Obey [D-WI7, 1969-2010]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Obey is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Obey sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Obey was the primary sponsor of 33 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 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

Obey sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (29%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Health (9%) Commerce (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Taxation (9%) Labor and Employment (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Obey’s Vote Vote Description
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
No H.R. 5136 (111th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
May 28, 2010. Passed 229/186.
Nay H.Con.Res. 282 (111th): Providing for an adjournment or recess of the two Houses.
May 27, 2010. Passed 230/187.
Nay H.Res. 572 (111th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2647) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for military ...
Jun 24, 2009. Passed 222/202.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Apr 1969 to Dec 2010, Obey missed 731 of 23,449 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: