Beard was the representative for Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1980.
Beard is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Beard sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Beard was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 12860 (95th): Rhode Island Indian Claims Settlement Act
- H.R. 6093 (94th): A bill for the relief of Maria D’Arpino.
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).
Beard sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (18%) Social Welfare (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Labor and Employment (14%) Health (10%) Energy (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Education (8%)
Some of Beard’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8402 (96th): A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to authorize ...
- H.Con.Res. 400 (96th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the ...
- H.R. 7653 (96th): A bill to provide for the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp ...
- H.R. 7582 (96th): A bill for the relief of William J. Games.
- H.R. 7446 (96th): A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to ...
- H.R. 6896 (96th): A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 ...
- H.R. 6840 (96th): Asbestos Control Act of 1980
From Jan 1975 to Dec 1980, Beard missed 373 of 4,089 roll call votes, which is 9.1%. This is on par with the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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