Leath was the representative for Texas’s 11th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 1990.
Leath 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 ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Leath sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 27, 1990. See full analysis methodology.
Leath was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
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).
Leath sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Leath’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4390 (101st): To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of ...
- H.R. 4341 (101st): To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of ...
- H.R. 3139 (101st): Portability of Benefits for Nonappropriated Fund Employees Act of 1990
- H.R. 1452 (100th): A bill to amend chapter 37 of title 38, United States Code, ...
- H.R. 1259 (100th): A bill to recognize the organization known as the National Association of ...
- H.R. 571 (100th): A bill to provide for the treatment of Federal asset sale proceeds ...
- H.R. 3024 (99th): A bill to recognize the organization known as the National Association of ...
From Jan 1979 to Oct 1990, Leath missed 670 of 5,727 roll call votes, which is 11.7%. 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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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
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills