Roberts was the representative for Texas’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1961 to 1980.
Roberts is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Roberts sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 14, 1975 to Dec 13, 1980. See full analysis methodology.
Roberts was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 8018 (96th): A bill to rename a reservoir and dam in the Little Miami River Basin, Ohio, as the “William H. Harsha Lake” and “William H. Harsha Dam”.
- H.R. 13809 (95th): An Act to designate the “George Mahon Federal Building”.
- H.R. 13808 (95th): A bill to designate the Omar Burleson federal building.
- H.R. 11579 (95th): An Act to designate the Veterans’ Administration center located at 1901 South First Street, Temple, Texas, as the “Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center”; and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3199 (95th): Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments
- H.R. 9577 (94th): A bill to designate the Veterans’ Administration hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., as the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.
- H.R. 974 (93rd): A bill designating the Texarkana Dam and Reservoir on the Sulphur River as the “Wright Patman Dam and Lake”.
Does 7 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).
Roberts sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Roberts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 622 (96th): A joint resolution designating February 14 of each year as “National Salute ...
- H.R. 8018 (96th): A bill to rename a reservoir and dam in the Little Miami ...
- H.R. 7887 (96th): A bill to amend title 38 of the United States Code to ...
- H.Res. 746 (96th): A resolution electing Representative Wright Speaker pro tempore during the absence of ...
- H.R. 7790 (96th): A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the ...
- H.R. 7355 (96th): A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to eliminate provision ...
- H.R. 7057 (96th): G I Bill Amendments Act of 1980
From Feb 1962 to Dec 1980, Roberts missed 1,054 of 7,484 roll call votes, which is 14.1%. This is much worse than the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills