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Rep. James O’Hara

Former Representative for Michigan’s 12th District

O’Hara was the representative for Michigan’s 12th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1965 to 1976.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1959 to 1964.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

O’Hara is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 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 O’Hara sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

O’Hara was the primary sponsor of 2 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 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

O’Hara sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (29%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Sports and Recreation (12%) Labor and Employment (11%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Law (9%) Taxation (8%) Water Resources Development (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of O’Hara’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1959 to Oct 1976, O’Hara missed 536 of 4,966 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is on par with the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. 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: