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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 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.

Enacted Legislation

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

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Runnels sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Native Americans (28%) Energy (22%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Private Legislation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Law (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Education (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Runnels recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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