Jenkins was the representative for Georgia’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1977 to 1992.
Jenkins is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Jenkins sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Jenkins was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3245 (102nd): Chattahoochee National Forest Protection Act of 1991
- H.R. 2419 (101st): To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange certain property in the Chattahoochee National Forest for the construction of facilities in the National Forest.
- H.R. 5496 (99th): Georgia Wilderness Act of 1986
- H.R. 6316 (98th): Georgia Wilderness Act of 1984
- H.R. 4717 (97th): Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1982
Does 5 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).
Jenkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Jenkins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6079 (102nd): Sentencing Uniformity Act of 1992
- H.R. 6021 (102nd): To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Augusta, ...
- H.R. 5645 (102nd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude certain sponsorship ...
- H.R. 5440 (102nd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the special ...
- H.R. 4921 (102nd): To suspend for a 2-year period the duty on Malathion.
- H.R. 4923 (102nd): To extend the temporary suspension of the duty on nitro sulfon B.
- H.R. 4922 (102nd): To provide duty-free entry privileges to participants in, and other individuals associated ...
From Jan 1977 to Oct 1992, Jenkins missed 795 of 8,199 roll call votes, which is 9.7%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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