Gekas was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 2002.
Gekas 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 liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Gekas sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.
Gekas was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3988 (107th): To amend title 36, United States Code, to clarify the requirements for eligibility in the American Legion.
- H.R. 1209 (107th): Child Status Protection Act
- H.R. 861 (107th): To make technical amendments to section 10 of title 9, United States Code.
- H.R. 2278 (107th): To provide for work authorization for nonimmigrant spouses of intracompany transferees, and to reduce the period of time during which certain intracompany transferees have to be continuously ...
- H.R. 2277 (107th): To provide for work authorization for nonimmigrant spouses of treaty traders and treaty investors.
- H.R. 915 (106th): To authorize a cost of living adjustment in the pay of administrative law judges.
- H.R. 2744 (105th): For the relief of Chong Ho Kwak.
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).
Gekas sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (22%) Law (16%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Labor and Employment (12%) Health (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)
Some of Gekas’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5745 (107th): Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2002
- H.R. 5744 (107th): Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2002
- H.R. 5588 (107th): Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act of 2002
- H.R. 5525 (107th): Corporate Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Employee Protection Act of 2002
- H.R. 5223 (107th): Government Shutdown Prevention Act
- H.R. 5013 (107th): SAFER Act
- H.R. 4932 (107th): Administrative Law Process Enhancement Act of 2002
From Jan 1983 to Nov 2002, Gekas missed 229 of 10,430 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills