Watson 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 Watson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.
Watson was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5450 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3894 Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, as the “Tom Bradley Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 2760 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1615 North Wilcox Avenue in Los Angeles, California, as the “Johnny Grant Hollywood Post Office ...
- H.R. 2131 (111th): To amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to reauthorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
- H.R. 1003 (110th): To amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to reauthorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
- H.R. 504 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4960 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, as the “Ray Charles Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1822 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3751 West 6th Street in Los Angeles, California, as the “Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Post ...
- H.R. 1821 (108th): To award a congressional gold medal to Dr. Dorothy Height in recognition of her many contributions to the Nation.
Does 8 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).
Watson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (20%) Government Operations and Politics (17%) Education (14%) Health (11%) Arts, Culture, Religion (11%) Sports and Recreation (10%) Commerce (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)
Some of Watson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1711 (111th): Commemorating the eminently successful performance and record of excellence of Barbara A. ...
- H.Res. 1626 (111th): Commending the National Student Leadership Conference for organizing college campus experiences for ...
- H.Res. 1480 (111th): Commending the University of Southern California Trojan men’s tennis team for its ...
- H.R. 5589 (111th): To amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to ...
- H.R. 5450 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.Res. 1357 (111th): Commending and congratulating the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the occasion of ...
- H.Res. 1350 (111th): Recognizing June 20, 2010, as World Refugee Day.
From Jun 2001 to Dec 2010, Watson missed 416 of 6,808 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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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