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Rep. Edwin Forsythe

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 13th District

Forsythe was the representative for New Jersey’s 13th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1984.

He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1969 to 1982.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Forsythe 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Forsythe sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Forsythe was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Forsythe sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Private Legislation (29%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Environmental Protection (14%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Energy (11%) Taxation (7%) Animals (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Forsythe recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Nov 1970 to Mar 1984, Forsythe missed 1,052 of 7,247 roll call votes, which is 14.5%. This is much worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1984. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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