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Rep. Edward Patten

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 15th District

Patten was the representative for New Jersey’s 15th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1980.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On Oct. 4, 1978, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Patten for making political contributions with funds provided by another; conducted an inquiry; and dismissed the charges, 8-0.

Oct. 4, 1978 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct conducted inquiry and dismissed the charges, 8-0


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Patten 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 Patten sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Patten was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Patten sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Health (20%) Social Welfare (17%) International Affairs (9%) Private Legislation (9%) Taxation (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Patten’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Dec 1980, Patten missed 313 of 7,362 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is better than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: