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Rep. Herbert Bateman

Former Representative for Virginia’s 1st District

Bateman was the representative for Virginia’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 2000.

Photo of Rep. Herbert Bateman [R-VA1, 1983-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bateman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 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 Bateman sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Bateman was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 11 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bateman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Labor and Employment (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) International Affairs (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Sep 2000, Bateman missed 509 of 9,290 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 2000. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: