Johnson 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 Johnson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Johnson was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5016 (96th): A bill for the relief of David Roland Weaver.
- H.R. 8404 (96th): A bill to designate the Federal Building - U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento, California, the “John E. Moss Federal Building - U.S. Courthouse”.
- H.R. 7450 (96th): A bill to designate the United States Court House and the United States Post Office Federal Building in Waterbury, Connecticut, as the “John S. Monagan Federal Building”.
- H.R. 6511 (96th): A bill to designate the building known as the Federal Building in Morgantown, West Virginia, as the “Harley O. Staggers Federal Building”.
- H.R. 507 (96th): A bill to authorize Federal participation in stream rectification, Trinity River Division, Central Valley project, California, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 12140 (95th): A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide additional authorizations for certain operating programs under the Act.
- H.R. 13991 (95th): A bill to provide for the United States to hold in trust for the Susanville Indian Rancheria of Lassen County, California, approximately 120 acres of land.
Does 31 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).
Johnson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (21%) Water Resources Development (19%) Transportation and Public Works (16%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Environmental Protection (8%) Private Legislation (7%) Taxation (5%)
Some of Johnson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8404 (96th): A bill to designate the Federal Building - U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento, ...
- H.R. 8357 (96th): A bill for the relief of Bruce Roughton, Magdalen Roughton, Alastair Islwyn ...
- H.R. 8358 (96th): A bill for the relief of Mrs. Ruth Mitchell.
- H.R. 8052 (96th): Batch Identification Number Protection Act
- H.R. 7488 (96th): A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to provide additional ...
- H.R. 7450 (96th): A bill to designate the United States Court House and the United ...
- H.J.Res. 547 (96th): A joint resolution designating the week of October 20-25, 1980, as National ...
From Jan 1959 to Dec 1980, Johnson missed 489 of 7,782 roll call votes, which is 6.3%. This is better than 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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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