Bonker was the representative for Washington’s 3rd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1988.
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 from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.
Bonker was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5506 (99th): A bill to amend the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949 to provide that the value of claims be based on the fair market value of the ...
- H.R. 1988 (99th): Overseas Private Investment Corporation Amendments Act of 1985
- H.R. 4956 (98th): A bill to extend the authorities under the Export Administration Act of 1979.
- H.R. 4476 (98th): A bill to extend the authorities under the Export Administration Act of 1979, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3962 (98th): A bill to extend the authorities under the Export Administration Act of 1979 until October 31, 1983.
- H.R. 1486 (97th): Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge Act
- H.R. 6530 (97th): Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Act of 1982
Does 7 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).
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%)
Some of Bonker’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5562 (100th): Acid Deposition Control Act of 1988
- H.R. 5263 (100th): Overseas Private Investment Corporation Amendments Act of 1988
- H.R. 5236 (100th): Helping Expand Access to Long-Term Health Care Act of 1988
- H.R. 5178 (100th): Closed-Captioned Television Services for the Hearing-Impaired Act of 1988
- H.R. 4958 (100th): Federal Retirement Applications Processing Act of 1988
- H.R. 4835 (100th): A bill to permit issuance of a certificate of documentation for employment ...
- H.R. 4836 (100th): A bill to permit issuance of a certificate of documentation for employment ...
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.
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
- 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