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Rep. Ernest Istook Jr.

Former Representative for Oklahoma’s 5th District

Istook was the representative for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2006.

Photo of Rep. Ernest Istook [R-OK5, 1993-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Istook is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Istook sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Istook was the primary sponsor of 5 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

Istook sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Law (18%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Taxation (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) Commerce (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2006, Istook missed 611 of 8,294 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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: