Sundquist was the representative for Tennessee’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1994.
Sundquist is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Sundquist sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Sundquist was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5186 (100th): A bill to designate the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse at 109 South Highland, Jackson, Tennessee, as the “Ed” Jones Federal Building.
- H.R. 2835 (100th): A bill to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to release certain restrictions on a parcel of land located in Henderson, Tennessee.
- H.R. 4288 (100th): A bill to designate the Federal Office Building located at the corner of Locust Street and West Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, as the “John J. Duncan ...
Does 3 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).
Sundquist sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Health (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Sundquist’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4641 (103rd): To restore the previous tariff treatment accorded to hand-cast string-drawn fishing nets.
- H.R. 4233 (103rd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a taxpayer ...
- H.R. 2656 (103rd): Security Officers Employment Standards Act of 1993
- H.Con.Res. 77 (103rd): To prohibit any political demonstrations on hallowed ground of National cemeteries.
- H.R. 1475 (103rd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified ...
- H.R. 640 (103rd): Family Home-Care Act of 1992
- H.R. 636 (103rd): To amend title 10, United States Code, to restore the CHAMPUS eligibility ...
From Jan 1983 to Nov 1994, Sundquist missed 381 of 5,693 roll call votes, which is 6.7%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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