Walsh is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 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 Walsh sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.
Walsh was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2528 (109th): Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2006
- H.R. 2655 (108th): To amend and extend the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998.
- H.R. 4558 (107th): To extend the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program.
- H.R. 2620 (107th): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002
- H.R. 4635 (106th): Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001
- H.R. 2684 (106th): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000
- H.R. 4293 (105th): Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998
Does 11 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).
Walsh sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (25%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Families (13%) Health (11%) Labor and Employment (10%) Commerce (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Education (9%)
Some of Walsh’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4277 (110th): For the relief of Maria Manzano.
- H.R. 4276 (110th): For the relief of William Becker.
- H.R. 4274 (110th): Gold Star Parents Annuity Act of 2007
- H.R. 4013 (110th): For the relief of Maria Manzano.
- H.R. 3716 (110th): Safe Toys for Kids Act
- H.Res. 698 (110th): Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Congressional Cemetery.
- H.Res. 656 (110th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Secretary of ...
From Jan 1989 to Dec 2008, Walsh missed 368 of 12,006 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. 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
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills