Hicks was the representative for Washington’s 6th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1965 to 1976.
Hicks is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Hicks sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Hicks was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 11143 (93rd): An Act to provide the authorization for fiscal year 1975 and succeeding fiscal years for the Committee for Purchase of Products and Services of the Blind and ...
- H.R. 10255 (93rd): A bill to authorize the disposal of aluminum for the national stockpile, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 7423 (93rd): A bill to increase the authorization for fiscal year 1974 for the Committee for Purchase of Products and Services of the Blind and Other Severely Handicapped.
Does 3 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).
Hicks sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Private Legislation (25%) Labor and Employment (24%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Health (7%) Social Welfare (4%) Government Operations and Politics (4%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (4%)
Some of Hicks’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 15586 (94th): A bill to provide that the October 1, 1976, pay raise for ...
- H.R. 12754 (94th): A bill for the relief of S. Leon Levy.
- H.R. 12117 (94th): A bill for the relief of Gertrude Faria Young.
- H.R. 11694 (94th): A bill to reduce for a 5-year period the duty on certain ...
- H.R. 11544 (94th): A bill for the relief of Carlos Gregorio Hoff and Jean Hoff ...
- H.R. 10831 (94th): A bill to amend the Tariff Schedules of the United States to ...
- H.R. 10014 (94th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to exempt ...
From Jan 1965 to Oct 1976, Hicks missed 221 of 4,315 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is better than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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