Cannon is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1982 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cannon sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1977 to Dec 23, 1982. See full analysis methodology.
Cannon was the primary sponsor of 60 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2355 (97th): Telecommunications for the Disabled Act of 1982
- S. 1681 (97th): A bill to designate the Southern Nevada Water Project the “Robert B. Griffith Water Project”.
- S. 1858 (97th): A bill to declare that the United States holds certain lands in trust for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and to transfer certain other lands ...
- S. 69 (97th): Product Liability Risk Retention Act of 1981
- S. 2163 (96th): An act to provide for the conservation and enhancement of the salmon and steelhead resources of the United States, assistance to treaty and nontreaty harvesters of those ...
- S. 1391 (96th): An act to amend section 9 of the National Climate Program Act to extend the authorization for appropriations for fiscal year 1981, and for other purposes.
- S. 1135 (96th): An act to provide for certain lands to be held in trust for the Moapa Band of Paiute and to be considered to be part of the ...
Does 60 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).
Cannon sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (23%) Economics and Public Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Environmental Protection (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Taxation (6%)
Some of Cannon’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2985 (97th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide ...
- S. 2998 (97th): A bill to declare that the United States holds certain lands in ...
- S. 2986 (97th): A bill to provide for the reimbursement of certain Indian tribes for ...
- S. 2898 (97th): Critical Materials Act of 1982
- S. 2767 (97th): Land Remote Sensing Satellite Authorization Act of 1982
- S. 2700 (97th): A bill to amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to ...
- S. 2546 (97th): A bill to authorize the conveyance of certain lands to the County ...
From Jan 1959 to Dec 1982, Cannon missed 1,438 of 9,723 roll call votes, which is 14.8%. This is much worse than the median of 7.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 1982. 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills