O’Brien is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 O’Brien sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.
O’Brien was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 427 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning on May 11, 1986, as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Week”.
- H.J.Res. 170 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning on May 5, 1985 as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Week”.
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).
O’Brien sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Transportation and Public Works (16%) Environmental Protection (16%) Labor and Employment (16%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (11%) International Affairs (11%) Economics and Public Finance (11%)
Some of O’Brien’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 427 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning on May 11, 1986, as ...
- H.J.Res. 273 (99th): A joint resolution to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the ...
- H.J.Res. 170 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning on May 5, 1985 as ...
- H.J.Res. 463 (98th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning on May 6, 1984, as ...
- H.R. 1737 (98th): A bill to amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to provide ...
- H.R. 1046 (98th): A bill to amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of ...
- H.R. 7332 (97th): A bill to amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to provide ...
From Jan 1973 to Jul 1986, O’Brien missed 1,058 of 7,535 roll call votes, which is 14.0%. This is much worse than the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 1986. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills