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Rep. James Courter

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 12th District

Courter, a Republican, was the representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district from 1983 to 1990.

He was previously the representative for New Jersey's 13th congressional district (1979-1982).


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Courter 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 Courter sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Courter was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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

Courter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (21%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Environmental Protection (13%) Taxation (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1979 to Oct 1990, Courter missed 666 of 5,727 roll call votes, which is 11.6%. This is much worse than the median of 4.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1990. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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