Williams was a senator from New Jersey and was a Democrat. He served from 1959 to 1982.
He was previously the representative for New Jersey’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1953 to 1956.
Williams faced an allegation of bribery connected with the ABSCAM sting. On May. 1, 1981, he was convicted and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics opened an inquiry. On Sep. 3, 1981, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics filed its report. On Mar. 11, 1982, he resigned to avoid an expulsion vote.
|May. 1, 1981||Convicted.|
|May. 1, 1981||Senate Select Committee on Ethics opened inquiry|
|Sep. 3, 1981||Senate Select Committee on Ethics filed report|
|Mar. 11, 1982||Resigned to avoid an expulsion vote.|
Williams is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1982 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 Williams sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 23, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Williams was the primary sponsor of 22 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3180 (96th): A bill to repeal a provision of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980.
- S. 2719 (96th): Housing and Community Development Act of 1980
- S.J.Res. 209 (96th): A joint resolution providing for a temporary extension of certain Federal Housing Administration authorities and for rural housing authorities.
- S.J.Res. 117 (96th): A joint resolution to provide for a temporary extension of certain Federal Housing Administration authorities, and for other purposes.
- S.J.Res. 105 (96th): A joint resolution to provide for a temporary extension of certain Federal Housing Administration authorities, and for other purposes.
- S. 1076 (96th): Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980
- S. 1057 (96th): A bill to amend title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to postpone, for 10 months, the date on which the corporation must ...
Does 22 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).
Williams sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Labor and Employment (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Housing and Community Development (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Taxation (9%) Private Legislation (9%) Social Welfare (8%)
Some of Williams’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 335 (97th): A resolution relative to the death of the Honorable Clifford P. Case, ...
- S.Con.Res. 51 (97th): A concurrent resolution relating to the Federal involvement in housing.
- S. 822 (97th): Religious Freedom Protection Act
- S. 727 (97th): A bill to permit the Secretary of Defense to authorize officers and ...
- S.Res. 88 (97th): A resolution disapproving the proposed deferral of budget authority to carry out ...
- S. 610 (97th): State and Local Government Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards Act of 1981
- S. 609 (97th): Naturalization Processing Compensation Act of 1981
From Jan 1959 to Mar 1982, Williams missed 961 of 9,306 roll call votes, which is 10.3%. This is worse than the median of 7.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1982. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills