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Rep. Helen Bentley

Former Representative from Maryland’s 2nd District, Republican

Bentley, a Republican, was the representative for Maryland's 2nd congressional district from 1985 to 1994.

Photo of Rep. Helen Bentley [R-MD2, 1985-1994]


Our unique analysis of the bills Bentley sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Bentley is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Bentley was the primary sponsor of 3 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 about one third or more 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

Bentley sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (23%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) International Affairs (14%) Private Legislation (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Nov 1994, Bentley missed 296 of 4,787 roll call votes, which is 6.2%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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: