McGee is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1976 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 McGee sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
McGee was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- S. 411 (93rd): An Act to amend title 39, United States Code, with respect to certain rates of postage, and for other purposes.
- S. 2619 (93rd): A bill to provide for access to all duly licensed psychologists and optometrists without prior referral in the Federal employee health benefits program.
Does 2 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).
McGee sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (30%) Private Legislation (28%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) International Affairs (11%) Labor and Employment (4%) Energy (4%) Health (4%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)
Some of McGee’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3674 (94th): A bill to provide for the amendment of the public survey records ...
- S. 3675 (94th): A bill to provide relief to certain persons owning land adjacent to ...
- S.Res. 474 (94th): A resolution reported relating to the consideration H.R. 8603.
- S.Res. 450 (94th): A resolution disapproving Energy Action Numbered 2.
- S.Res. 430 (94th): A resolution relating measures or action directed against the Government of Cuba.
- S. 3263 (94th): A bill to provide for consideration of the comparative productive potential of ...
- S.Res. 390 (94th): A resolution favoring humanitarian assistance to Guatemala.
From Jan 1959 to Oct 1976, McGee missed 1,608 of 6,547 roll call votes, which is 24.6%. This is much worse than the median of 13.0% among the lifetime records of senators 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills