Helstoski was the representative for New Jersey’s 9th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1965 to 1976.
Helstoski is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 Helstoski sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Helstoski was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.J.Res. 419 (93rd): Joint resolution to authorize the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the month of May in each year as “National Arthritis Month”.
Does 1 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).
Helstoski sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Private Legislation (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Social Welfare (12%) Taxation (11%) Education (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)
Some of Helstoski’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 15688 (94th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide renters with ...
- H.R. 15646 (94th): A bill for the relief of Drugs, Inc.
- H.R. 15401 (94th): A bill for the relief of Miss Ana Kwaszko-Grebin.
- H.R. 13779 (94th): Consumer Communications Reform Act
- H.R. 13435 (94th): A bill for the establishment of the executive branch of the Government.
- H.R. 13230 (94th): A bill to grant a Federal Charter to the National Opportunity Camps.
- H.R. 13082 (94th): A bill to authorize the construction and maintenance of the General Draja ...
From Jan 1965 to Oct 1976, Helstoski missed 698 of 4,315 roll call votes, which is 16.2%. This is much worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills