Our unique analysis of the bills Bethune sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bethune is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Bethune was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.
Bethune sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Economics and Public Finance (21%) International Affairs (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Private Legislation (10%) Energy (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%)
Some of Bethune’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6114 (98th): Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1984
- H.R. 5909 (98th): Public School Civil Rights Act of 1984
- H.R. 5848 (98th): A bill to amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 ...
- H.R. 5671 (98th): A bill to increase revenues to counties from receipts from the national ...
- H.Con.Res. 292 (98th): A concurrent resolution condemning Iraq for its use of chemical weapons and ...
- H.R. 4943 (98th): Rural Electrification and Telephone Revolving Fund Solvency Act of 1984
- H.R. 4893 (98th): Arkansas Wilderness Act of 1983
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From Jan 1979 to Oct 1984, Bethune missed 311 of 2,994 roll call votes, which is 10.4%. This is worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills