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Rep. Jack Fields Jr.

Former Representative for Texas’s 8th District

Fields was the representative for Texas’s 8th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1981 to 1996.

Photo of Rep. Jack Fields [R-TX8, 1981-1996]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Fields is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Fields sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1991 to Oct 3, 1996. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Fields was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 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

Fields sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Law (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Education (10%) Commerce (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Sep 1996, Fields missed 540 of 7,845 roll call votes, which is 6.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. 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: