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Rep. David Satterfield III

Former Representative for Virginia’s 3rd District

Satterfield was the representative for Virginia’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1965 to 1980.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Satterfield is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Satterfield sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Satterfield was the primary sponsor of 14 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

Satterfield sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (33%) Health (29%) Taxation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Labor and Employment (6%) Education (5%) Social Welfare (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Dec 1980, Satterfield missed 305 of 7,131 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is better than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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: