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Rep. Harris Fawell

Former Representative for Illinois’s 13th District

Fawell was the representative for Illinois’s 13th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1985 to 1998.

Photo of Rep. Harris Fawell [R-IL13, 1985-1998]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fawell is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 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 Fawell sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1993 to Dec 17, 1998. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Fawell was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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

Fawell sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (24%) Government Operations and Politics (21%) Law (14%) Commerce (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%) Health (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Fawell recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 1998, Fawell missed 154 of 7,314 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1998. 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: