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Rep. James “Jim” McCrery III

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 4th District

McCrery was the representative for Louisiana’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 1996; and the representative for Louisiana’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1987 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. James “Jim” McCrery [R-LA4, 1997-2008]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

McCrery is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 McCrery sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McCrery was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 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

McCrery sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (18%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Social Welfare (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Commerce (11%) Emergency Management (10%) Labor and Employment (10%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

McCrery voted Aye

McCrery voted Yea

McCrery voted Nay

McCrery voted No

McCrery voted No

Missed Votes

From Apr 1988 to Dec 2008, McCrery missed 744 of 12,393 roll call votes, which is 6.0%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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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Primary Sources

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