Chappie is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 Chappie sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.
Chappie was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1438 (98th): A bill to provide for the restoration of the fish and wildlife in the Trinity River Basin, California, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2863 (97th): An act to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to sell the portion of the Tahoe National Forest known as Blyth Arena.
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).
Chappie sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Chappie’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5605 (99th): Federal Crop Insurance Act of 1986
- H.J.Res. 397 (99th): A joint resolution to designate November 11, 1985, as George S. Patton …
- H.R. 2960 (99th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary …
- H.R. 2382 (99th): Beekeeper Protection Act of 1985
- H.R. 869 (99th): A bill to rename a reservoir in the Central Valley project, California, …
- H.R. 908 (99th): A bill for the relief of Manuel Valencia, Antonia Valencia, and America …
- H.R. 907 (99th): A bill for the relief of Peter D. Bakis.
From Jan 1981 to Oct 1986, Chappie missed 375 of 2,608 roll call votes, which is 14.4%. This is much worse than the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1986. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills