Rep. James Traficant Jr.

Former Representative from Ohio’s 17th District, Democrat

Traficant, a Democrat, was the representative for Ohio's 17th congressional district from 1985 to 2002.



Our unique analysis of the bills Traficant sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Traficant is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Traficant was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Traficant sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (25%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Law (12%) International Affairs (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Commerce (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Jul 2002, Traficant missed 439 of 9,386 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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