Heinz is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 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 Heinz sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Heinz was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 606 (102nd): A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by designating certain segments of the Allegheny River in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a component of ...
- S.J.Res. 383 (101st): A joint resolution to designate November 16, 1990, as “National Federation of the Blind Day”.
- S. 2806 (101st): An Act to redesignate “The National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as The Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways.”
- S. 2151 (101st): A bill to permit the transfer of the obsolete submarine U.S.S. Requin to the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before the expiration of the 60-day waiting period ...
- S.J.Res. 190 (101st): A joint resolution designating April 9, 1990 as “National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day”.
- S.J.Res. 378 (100th): A joint resolution designating the week of October 2 through 8, 1988, as “National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Week”.
- S. 1453 (100th): Major Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Amendments of 1987
Does 36 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).
Heinz sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (41%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Social Welfare (10%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Health (9%) Labor and Employment (8%) Environmental Protection (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)
Some of Heinz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 719 (102nd): A bill to temporarily suspend the duty on certain lead fuel test ...
- S. 705 (102nd): A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain chemicals, and for ...
- S. 707 (102nd): A bill to extend until January 1, 1995, the existing suspension of ...
- S. 703 (102nd): A bill to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ...
- S. 704 (102nd): A bill to provide for the temporary suspension of duty on certain ...
- S. 706 (102nd): A bill to extend the temporary duty suspension on certain knitting machines ...
- S. 626 (102nd): A bill to increase the literacy skills of commercial drivers.
From Jan 1977 to Mar 1991, Heinz missed 416 of 6,056 roll call votes, which is 6.9%. This is worse than the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1991. 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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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