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Rep. Don Bonker

Former Representative for Washington’s 3rd District

Bonker, a Democrat, was the representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district from 1975 to 1988.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bonker is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 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 Bonker sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bonker was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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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 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bonker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (27%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) International Affairs (14%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Health (7%) Social Welfare (7%) Environmental Protection (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Oct 1988, Bonker missed 1,014 of 7,636 roll call votes, which is 13.3%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. 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: