Nielson was the representative for Utah’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1983 to 1990.
Nielson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1990 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 Nielson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.
Nielson was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5419 (101st): To designate the Federal Building at 88 West 100 North in Provo, Utah, as the “J. Will Robinson Federal Building”.
- H.R. 5409 (101st): To designate the post office building at 222 West Center Street, in Orem, Utah, as the “Arthur V. Watkins Post Office”.
- H.J.Res. 224 (100th): A joint resolution designating the week of September 14, 1987, through September 20, 1987, as “Benign Essential Blepharospasm Awareness Week”.
Does 3 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).
Nielson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (28%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (21%) Environmental Protection (15%) Water Resources Development (10%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Native Americans (8%) International Affairs (5%) Private Legislation (5%)
Some of Nielson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5606 (101st): To authorize and request the President to advance Major Ronald Tiffany on ...
- H.R. 5607 (101st): For the relief of Debra Lange.
- H.R. 5419 (101st): To designate the Federal Building at 88 West 100 North in Provo, ...
- H.R. 5409 (101st): To designate the post office building at 222 West Center Street, in ...
- H.Con.Res. 328 (101st): Expressing the sense of the Congress that the music and music videotape ...
- H.Con.Res. 315 (101st): Expressing the sense of the Congress that Israel should take immediate steps ...
- H.R. 4550 (101st): To amend the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to ...
From Jan 1983 to Oct 1990, Nielson missed 89 of 3,639 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is better than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills