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Rep. Frederick “Rick” Boucher

Former Representative for Virginia’s 9th District

Boucher was the representative for Virginia’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1983 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. Frederick “Rick” Boucher [D-VA9, 1983-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Boucher is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Boucher sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Boucher was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 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

Boucher sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Science, Technology, Communications (16%) Commerce (16%) Law (12%) Energy (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Education (9%) Environmental Protection (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Boucher recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Boucher voted Nay

Boucher voted Nay

Passed 220/207 on Mar 25, 2010.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–152, 124 Stat. 1029) is a law that was enacted by the 111th United States …

Boucher voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Boucher voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Dec 2010, Boucher missed 976 of 16,396 roll call votes, which is 6.0%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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: