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Rep. Fernand St. Germain

Former Representative for Rhode Island’s 1st District

St. Germain was the representative for Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1961 to 1988.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

St. Germain is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 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 St. Germain sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

St. Germain was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 24 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

St. Germain sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (43%) Government Operations and Politics (22%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Economics and Public Finance (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

St. Germain recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1961 to Oct 1988, St. Germain missed 1,356 of 11,148 roll call votes, which is 12.2%. This is much worse than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1988. 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: