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Rep. James “J. Gresham” Barrett

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 3rd District

Barrett was the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2010.

Photo of Rep. James “J. Gresham” Barrett [R-SC3, 2003-2010]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Barrett is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 Barrett sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Barrett was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Barrett sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) Law (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Immigration (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Health (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Barrett recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Barrett voted Aye

Passed 240/172 on Sep 16, 2010.

Barrett voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Barrett voted Yea

Passed 291/117 on Apr 29, 2008.

The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–229, S. 2739, 122 Stat. 754-876, enacted May 8, 2008; CNRA) was an act passed in the …

Barrett voted Aye

Barrett voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2010, Barrett missed 779 of 5,966 roll call votes, which is 13.1%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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