Pickle was the representative for Texas’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1963 to 1994.
Pickle is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1994 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 Pickle sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1989 to Nov 29, 1994. See full analysis methodology.
Pickle was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2334 (101st): To redesignate the Post Office located at 300 East Ninth Street in Austin, Texas, as the “Homer Thornberry Judicial Building”.
- H.R. 3319 (100th): A bill for the relief of Susan A. Sampeck.
- H.R. 2655 (100th): A bill to designate the Federal Building located at 330 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, District of Columbia, as the “Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building”.
- H.R. 3755 (98th): Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984
- H.R. 4941 (96th): A bill to name a dam and reservoir on the San Gabriel River, Texas, as the “North San Gabriel Dam” and “Lake Georgetown”, respectively.
- H.R. 8173 (96th): A bill to provide for distribution in the United States of certain International Communication Agency films relating to President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
- H.R. 5295 (96th): An act to amend the Social Security Act with respect to the retirement tests, to reduce spending under title II of the Social Security Act, and for ...
Does 13 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).
Pickle sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (23%) Labor and Employment (16%) Social Welfare (16%) Health (14%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Families (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%)
Some of Pickle’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5006 (103rd): Savings and Investment Incentive Act of 1994
- H.R. 4275 (103rd): Social Security Entitlement Reform Amendments of 1994
- H.R. 3684 (103rd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the pension ...
- H.R. 3585 (103rd): Social Security Entitlement Reform Amendments of 1993
- H.R. 3211 (103rd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a ...
- H.R. 861 (103rd): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the treatment ...
- H.R. 22 (103rd): Federal Program Improvement Act of 1993
From Dec 1963 to Nov 1994, Pickle missed 1,059 of 13,750 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is much worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills