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Rep. Edwin Bethune Jr.

Former Representative from Arkansas’s 2nd District, Republican

Bethune, a Republican, was the representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district from 1979 to 1984.


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)

Enacted Legislation

Bethune was the primary sponsor of 2 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 about one third or more 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

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%) Private Legislation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Immigration (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

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