Runnels was the representative for New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1980.
Runnels 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 Runnels sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Runnels was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6816 (96th): An act to provide for the exchange of certain Federal coal leases in the State of New Mexico for other Federal coal leases in that State.
- H.R. 6538 (96th): A bill to authorize and direct the Secretary of the Interior to reinstate oil and gas lease New Mexico 33955.
- H.R. 5003 (96th): A bill to declare that title to certain lands in the State of New Mexico are held in trust by the United States for the Ramah Band ...
- H.R. 3979 (96th): An act to repeal and amend certain laws regulating trade between Indians and certain Federal employees.
- H.J.Res. 747 (95th): A resolution to consent to an amendment of the constitution of the State of New Mexico to provide a method for executing leases and other contracts for ...
- H.R. 4804 (94th): A bill to declare that certain land of the United States is held by the United States in trust for the Pueblo of Laguna.
- H.R. 5641 (93rd): A bill to authorize the conveyance of certain lands to the New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N. Mex..
Does 7 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).
Runnels sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Native Americans (28%) Energy (22%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Private Legislation (10%) Social Welfare (5%) Law (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)
Some of Runnels’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7617 (96th): A bill to amend section 21 of the Mineral Leasing Act (41 ...
- H.R. 7195 (96th): A bill to authorize the exchange of certain land held in trust ...
- H.R. 6816 (96th): An act to provide for the exchange of certain Federal coal leases ...
- H.R. 6538 (96th): A bill to authorize and direct the Secretary of the Interior to ...
- H.R. 6299 (96th): Brantley Project, Pecos River Basin, New Mexico, Reauthorization Act of 1979
- H.R. 5003 (96th): A bill to declare that title to certain lands in the State ...
- H.Res. 373 (96th): A resolution to allow the parties in the case of New Mexico ...
From Jan 1971 to Jul 1980, Runnels missed 1,390 of 5,617 roll call votes, which is 24.7%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 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