Bonilla was the representative for Texas’s 23rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2006.
Bonilla is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Bonilla sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Bonilla was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2744 (109th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006
- H.R. 2673 (108th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004
- H.R. 2330 (107th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002
- H.R. 499 (105th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service under construction at 7411 Barlite Boulevard in San Antonio, Texas, as the “Frank M. Tejeda Post Office …
- H.R. 821 (103rd): To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend eligibility for burial in national cemeteries to persons who have 20 years of service creditable for retired pay …
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).
Bonilla sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Commerce (12%) Housing and Community Development (12%) Environmental Protection (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Social Welfare (11%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Bonilla recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5541 (109th): Fairness in Immigration Litigation Act of 2006
- H.R. 5384 (109th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, …
- H.Con.Res. 253 (109th): Expressing the sense of the Congress that reciting the pledge of allegiance …
- H.R. 3525 (109th): To redesignate the street in the District of Columbia known as 16th …
- H.R. 3405 (109th): STOPP Act of 2005
- H.R. 2744 (109th): Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, …
- H.R. 2392 (109th): To provide for a continuation of the mission of the Department of …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1993 to Dec 2006, Bonilla missed 226 of 8,294 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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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