Pettis is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 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 Pettis sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.
Pettis was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 1465 (94th): An Act to provide for the division of assets between the Twenty-Nine Palms Band and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, California, including certain funds in the ...
- H.R. 1466 (94th): A bill to convey certain federally owned land to the Twenty-Nine Palms Park and Recreation district.
- H.R. 7072 (93rd): A bill to allow advance payment of subscription charges for publications for official use prepared for auditory as well as visual usage.
- H.R. 11357 (93rd): A bill to provide a 7-percent increase in social security benefits beginning with March 1974 and an additional 4-percent increase beginning with June 1974, to provide increases ...
Does 4 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).
Pettis sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Pettis’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 12101 (94th): Employment Incentive Act
- H.R. 3038 (94th): A bill to provide for the establishment of the National Conservation Area ...
- H.R. 2944 (94th): A bill for the relief of Alfred Coleman.
- H.R. 2409 (94th): A bill to authorize and direct the Secretary of the Interior to ...
- H.R. 2241 (94th): A bill to provide for the establishment of the National Conservation Area ...
- H.R. 1957 (94th): A bill to provide for the establishment of the National Conservation Area ...
- H.R. 1956 (94th): National Commission on Regulatory Reform Act
From Jan 1967 to Oct 1975, Pettis missed 346 of 2,714 roll call votes, which is 12.7%. This is worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1975. 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
- 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