Bellmon is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate 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 Bellmon sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1975 to Dec 16, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Bellmon was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- S.J.Res. 32 (96th): A joint resolution to designate November 4, 1979, as “Will Rogers Day”.
- S. 1487 (95th): An Act to amend title 18 of the United States Code to eliminate racketeering in the sale and distribution of cigarettes, and for other purposes.
- S. 2004 (94th): A bill to eliminate a restriction on use of certain lands patented to the city of Hobart, Kiowa County, Okla.
- S. 1531 (94th): A bill to designate the Mountain Park Reservoir, Oklahoma, as the Tom Steed Reservoir.
- S. 521 (93rd): A bill to declare that certain land of the United States is held by the United States in trust for the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
- S. 2075 (93rd): An Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to engage in feasibility investigation of certain potential water resource developments.
Does 6 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).
Bellmon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Agriculture and Food (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Taxation (15%) Education (12%) Health (12%) Water Resources Development (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Native Americans (8%)
Some of Bellmon’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3236 (96th): A bill to provide that royalties received by the United States from ...
- S. 3208 (96th): Food and Population Centers Act
- S. 3128 (96th): A bill to remove certain lands from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, ...
- S. 3022 (96th): A bill to encourage States to provide unemployment benefits to certain partially ...
- S. 2952 (96th): A bill to provide for the use and distribution of Seminole judgment ...
- S. 2826 (96th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 with respect ...
- S. 2600 (96th): A bill to amend the charter of the United States Olympic Committee ...
From Jan 1969 to Dec 1980, Bellmon missed 1,085 of 6,280 roll call votes, which is 17.3%. This is much worse than the median of 9.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 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 and major life events.
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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