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Rep. David Skaggs

Former Representative for Colorado’s 2nd District

Skaggs was the representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 1998.

Photo of Rep. David Skaggs [D-CO2, 1987-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Skaggs is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 Skaggs sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Skaggs was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Skaggs sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Water Resources Development (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Law (10%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Skaggs recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 1998, Skaggs missed 129 of 6,424 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. 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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Primary Sources

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