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Rep. Floyd Spence

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 2nd District

Spence was the representative for South Carolina’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 2001.

Photo of Rep. Floyd Spence [R-SC2, 1971-2001]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Spence is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 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 Spence sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Spence was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 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

Spence sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (18%) Commerce (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Arts, Culture, Religion (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) International Affairs (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1971 to Aug 2001, Spence missed 840 of 16,394 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 2001. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: