Traxler was the representative for Michigan’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1992.
Traxler is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Traxler sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Traxler was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5679 (102nd): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1993
- H.R. 2519 (102nd): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1992
- H.R. 5158 (101st): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1991
- H.R. 2916 (101st): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1990
- H.J.Res. 135 (101st): To designate the week beginning May 7, 1989, as “National Correctional Officers Week”.
- H.J.Res. 124 (101st): To recognize the 75th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of May 8, 1914, and its role in establishing our Nation’s system of State Cooperative Extension Services.
- H.J.Res. 100 (99th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning May 5, 1985, as “National Correctional Officers Week”.
Does 9 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).
Traxler sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (19%) Environmental Protection (16%) Housing and Community Development (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Emergency Management (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Agriculture and Food (9%) Health (9%)
Some of Traxler’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5679 (102nd): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies …
- H.Con.Res. 172 (102nd): Providing for the printing of a revised edition of the booklet entitled …
- H.R. 2519 (102nd): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies …
- H.R. 5158 (101st): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies …
- H.R. 3645 (101st): To require a study of what institutions are institutions for mental diseases …
- H.R. 3205 (101st): To amend the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act to prohibit the location …
- H.J.Res. 381 (101st): Designating October 1 through 7, 1989, as “National 4-H Awareness Week”.
From Jan 1973 to Oct 1992, Traxler missed 1,709 of 10,438 roll call votes, which is 16.4%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills