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Rep. Harley Staggers

Former Representative for West Virginia’s 2nd District

Staggers was the representative for West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1949 to 1980.

Photo of Rep. Harley Staggers [D-WV2, 1949-1980]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Staggers is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Staggers sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Staggers was the primary sponsor of 43 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 43 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

Staggers sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (20%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Energy (18%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Labor and Employment (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Health (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1949 to Dec 1980, Staggers missed 877 of 8,727 roll call votes, which is 10.0%. This is on par with the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. 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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Primary Sources

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