Grasso was the representative for Connecticut’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1971 to 1974.
Grasso is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Grasso sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Grasso was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7639 (93rd): Emergency Fuels and Energy Allocation Act
- H.J.Res. 482 (93rd): Joint resolution to authorize and request the President to proclaim April 29, 1973, as a day of observance of the 30th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Does 2 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).
Grasso sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Social Welfare (21%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Taxation (12%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Energy (10%) Labor and Employment (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%)
Some of Grasso’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 1447 (93rd): Resolution expressing the sense of the House that the price of domestic ...
- H.R. 17371 (93rd): A bill to make it an unfair practice for any retailer to ...
- H.R. 17231 (93rd): A bill to make it an unfair practice for any retailer to ...
- H.Res. 1426 (93rd): Resolution concerning the safety and freedom of Valentyn Moroz, Ukrainian historian.
- H.R. 17181 (93rd): A bill to make it an unfair practice for any retailer to ...
- H.R. 17025 (93rd): Public Documents Act
- H.R. 16945 (93rd): A bill to exclude from gross income the first $1,000 of interest ...
From Jan 1971 to Dec 1974, Grasso missed 303 of 1,727 roll call votes, which is 17.5%. This is much worse than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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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
- 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