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Rep. Edwin Bethune Jr.

Former Representative for Arkansas’s 2nd District

Bethune was the representative for Arkansas’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1979 to 1984.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bethune is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Bethune sponsored and cosponsored. See full 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 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

Bethune sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (21%) International Affairs (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Private Legislation (10%) Energy (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (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: