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Rep. Jean Schmidt

Former Representative for Ohio’s 2nd District

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.
Photo of Rep. Jean Schmidt [R-OH2, 2005-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Schmidt was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Schmidt voted No

Schmidt voted Nay

Passed 378/11 on Jul 17, 2012.

Schmidt voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Schmidt voted No

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: