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Rep. Harold Runnels

Former Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District

Runnels was the representative for New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1971 to 1980.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

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. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Runnels was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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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

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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