Our unique analysis of the bills Skaggs sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Skaggs is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Skaggs was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1922 (104th): To provide for the exchange of certain lands in Gilpin County, Colorado.
- H.R. 1134 (103rd): Clear Creek County, Colorado, Public Lands Transfer Act of 1993
- H.R. 631 (103rd): Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993
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).
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%) Environmental Protection (10%) Law (10%) Water Resources Development (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Skaggs’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4850 (105th): Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Act of 1998
- H.R. 4505 (105th): Northern Colorado Headwaters Wilderness Act of 1998
- H.R. 2649 (105th): Expedited Rescissions Act of 1997
- H.R. 2650 (105th): To repeal the Line Item Veto Act of 1996.
- H.R. 2530 (105th): To prohibit the Student Loan Marketing Association from conditioning the waiver of ...
- H.R. 2511 (105th): To prohibit the Student Loan Marketing Association from conditioning the waiver of ...
- H.R. 2291 (105th): To amend the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978 to enable ...
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.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congress-Legislators, a community project collecting election 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills