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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]

Analysis

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 liberal–conservative 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. 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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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%) Commerce (16%) Science, Technology, Communications (16%) Law (12%) Energy (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Education (9%) Environmental Protection (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Boucher’s Vote Vote Description
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Nay H.Res. 1556 (111th): Providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 301) directing the President, pursuant to section ...
Jul 27, 2010. Passed 222/196.
Nay S. 3325 (110th): Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008
Sep 28, 2008. Passed 381/41.
Nay H.R. 6251 (110th): Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act
Jun 26, 2008. Failed 223/195.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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.

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Primary Sources

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