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Rep. James A. “Jim” Leach

Former Representative for Iowa’s 2nd District

Leach was the representative for Iowa’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2006.

He was previously the representative for Iowa’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1977 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. James A. “Jim” Leach [R-IA2, 2003-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Leach is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 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 Leach sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Leach was the primary sponsor of 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 16 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

Leach sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Commerce (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) International Affairs (13%) Law (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Leach recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1977 to Dec 2006, Leach missed 630 of 16,493 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2006. 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: