Robinson was the representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1971 to 1984.
Robinson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1984 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 Robinson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 15, 1979 to Oct 11, 1984. See full analysis methodology.
Robinson was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 7351 (97th): A bill to provide for the distribution within the United States of the United States Information Agency film entitled “Dumas Malone: A Journey with Mr. Jefferson”.
- H.J.Res. 175 (97th): A joint resolution to designate April 26, 1981, as “National Recognition Day for Veterans of the Vietnam era”.
- H.R. 5379 (96th): A bill for the relief of Jaramporn Sermsri and Akharata Sermsri.
- H.R. 10407 (95th): A bill for the relief of Ling-Yung Kung.
Does 4 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).
Robinson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Labor and Employment (22%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Private Legislation (12%) Taxation (12%) International Affairs (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Law (6%)
Some of Robinson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 549 (98th): A joint resolution to authorize the erection of a memorial on public ...
- H.R. 287 (98th): Hobbs Act Amendment of 1983
- H.R. 285 (98th): A bill to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees ...
- H.R. 288 (98th): A bill to delay until January 1, 1984, the effect of any ...
- H.R. 450 (98th): A bill for the relief of Beulah C. Shifflett.
- H.J.Res. 40 (98th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United ...
- H.R. 286 (98th): A bill to establish the authorized area of Shenandoah National Park.
From Jan 1971 to Oct 1984, Robinson missed 107 of 7,534 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. 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
- 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