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Rep. James Grant 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 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 from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

O’Hara was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 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

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

O’Hara recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

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: