Schmidt was the representative for Ohio’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 2005 to 2012.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2011 Schmidt was investigated for receiving over $500,000 in gifts as legal services without having established a legal services fund as required and for failing to properly disclose the gifts. The House Committee on Ethics found the legal services were impermissble and that the representative was unaware of this, but that the committee would be satisfied if the representative properly disclosed and paid for the services. In 2012, Schmidt lost reelection. When she left office, she had not paid for those services.
|May. 18, 2011||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations|
|Aug. 5, 2011||House Committee on Ethics found the legal services were impermissble and that the representative was unaware of this, but that the committee would be satisfied if the representative properly disclosed and paid for the services|
|2012||Schmidt lost reelection. When she left office, she had not paid for those services.|
Schmidt is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 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 Schmidt sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.
Schmidt was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2078 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14536 State Route 136 in Cherry Fork, Ohio, as the “Staff Sergeant Omer T. ‘O.T.’ ...
- H.R. 2077 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 20805 State Route 125 in Blue Creek, Ohio, as the “George B. Lewis Post Office ...
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).
Schmidt sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Foreign Trade and International Finance (35%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Families (15%) Health (12%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Taxation (8%)
Some of Schmidt’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 784 (112th): Celebrating the life and achievements of Neil A. Armstrong, a United States ...
- H.R. 5502 (112th): To extend the temporary suspension of duty on mixtures of (acetato) pentammine ...
- H.R. 5497 (112th): To suspend temporarily the rate of duty on certain warp knit open-work ...
- H.R. 5498 (112th): To suspend temporarily the rate of duty on plastic laminate sheets.
- H.R. 5499 (112th): To suspend temporarily the rate of duty on 2-cyclo-hexylidene-2-phenyl-acetonitrile.
- H.R. 5500 (112th): To extend and modify the temporary reduction of duty on Methylionone.
- H.R. 5501 (112th): To suspend temporarily the rate of duty on mixtures of 1-(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydro-2,3,8,8-tetramethyl -2-naphthalenyl)-ethan-1-one ...
From Sep 2005 to Jan 2013, Schmidt missed 179 of 5,898 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. 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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