Rep. James Anthony Burke
Former Representative for Massachusetts’s 11th District
Burke is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1978 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 Burke sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.
Burke was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2940 (95th): A bill for the relief of Daniel Crowley.
- H.R. 3093 (95th): An Act to provide duty-free treatment for certain copying lathes used for making rough or finished shoe lasts and for parts of such lathes, and for other …
- H.R. 2495 (94th): A bill for the relief of Miss Malgorzata Kuzniarek Czapowski.
- H.R. 10727 (94th): An Act to amend the Social Security Act to expedite the holding of hearings under titles II, XVI, and XVIII by establishing uniform review procedures under such …
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).
Burke sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Social Welfare (33%) Taxation (29%) Labor and Employment (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Private Legislation (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Burke recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 14084 (95th): Disability Insurance Amendments
- H.J.Res. 1002 (95th): A resolution designating John Adams as the “Father of the United States …
- H.R. 13008 (95th): A bill to amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue …
- H.J.Res. 961 (95th): A resolution to amend the Coinage Act of 1965 to change the …
- H.R. 12862 (95th): A bill to make Federal Employees Group Life Insurance available to otherwise …
- H.R. 12311 (95th): A bill to amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue …
- H.R. 11878 (95th): A bill to amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1959 to Oct 1978, Burke missed 313 of 6,506 roll call votes, which is 4.8%. This is better than the median of 8.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1978. 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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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