Patterson was the representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1987 to 1992.
Patterson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 Patterson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Patterson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (33%) Government Operations and Politics (20%) Taxation (20%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Patterson recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 1888 (102nd): To suspend until January 1, 1995, the duty on Phospholan.
- H.J.Res. 224 (102nd): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to …
- H.R. 1889 (102nd): Budget Simplification and Reform Act of 1991
- H.R. 4215 (101st): To suspend temporarily the duty on P-Tolualdehyde (p-Tal).
- H.R. 3464 (101st): Budget Simplification and Reform Act of 1989
- H.R. 3444 (101st): To amend title 38, United States Code, with respect to veterans vocational …
- H.R. 3082 (101st): Children’s Trust Fund Act of 1989
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1987 to Oct 1992, Patterson missed 39 of 2,775 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills