Mitchell was the representative for New York’s 31st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1973 to 1982.
Mitchell is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Mitchell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 21, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Mitchell was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6934 (95th): A bill for the relief of Donna Marainne Benney.
- H.R. 5526 (93rd): A bill to amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to extend the authorizations for a 1-year period.
Does 2 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).
Mitchell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (30%) Taxation (13%) Social Welfare (13%) Private Legislation (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Labor and Employment (8%) Education (6%)
Some of Mitchell’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 590 (97th): A joint resolution to authorize and request the President to proclaim March ...
- H.R. 6885 (97th): A bill to designate the Broadway/Times Square Theatre District in the City ...
- H.R. 6201 (97th): A bill to amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of ...
- H.R. 5966 (97th): A bill to amend the Social Security Act to provide for a ...
- H.R. 5873 (97th): A bill to designate the Helen Hayes and Morosco Theaters in the ...
- H.R. 4694 (97th): A bill for the relief of Paclav Wesley Haramule.
- H.R. 4583 (97th): A bill to extend patent numbered 26,901 (originally issued as number 3,226,696) ...
From Jan 1973 to Dec 1982, Mitchell missed 367 of 5,979 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is on par with the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. 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