Hertel was the representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1981 to 1992.
Hertel is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Hertel sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Hertel was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2130 (102nd): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization Act of 1992
- H.J.Res. 167 (102nd): To designate June 14, 1991, as “Baltic Freedom Day”.
- H.R. 5390 (101st): Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990
- H.R. 1668 (101st): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean and Coastal Programs Authorization Act of 1989
- H.J.Res. 184 (101st): Designating June 14, 1989, as “Baltic Freedom Day”, and for other purposes.
- H.J.Res. 268 (100th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning on the third Sunday of September in 1987 and 1988 as “National Adult Day Care Center Week”.
- H.J.Res. 620 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning January 4, 1987, as “National Bowling Week”.
Does 11 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).
Hertel sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Environmental Protection (25%) International Affairs (16%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Taxation (9%) Health (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Hertel recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5324 (102nd): NOAA Fleet Modernization Act
- H.R. 5093 (102nd): To clear certain impediments to the documentation of the vessel SEA HAWK …
- H.J.Res. 432 (102nd): Designating April 26, 1992, through May 2, 1992, as “National Adult and …
- H.R. 4310 (102nd): National Marine Sanctuaries Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 1992
- H.Con.Res. 242 (102nd): Emphasizing the vast extent of environmental damage in the Persian Gulf region …
- H.R. 3749 (102nd): To reauthorize Title I of the Marine Protection Research, and Sanctuaries Act …
- H.R. 3704 (102nd): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization Act of 1991
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1981 to Oct 1992, Hertel missed 206 of 5,383 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is on par with the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills