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Rep. Jim Chapman

Former Representative for Texas’s 1st District

Chapman was the representative for Texas’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1985 to 1996.

Photo of Rep. Jim Chapman [D-TX1, 1985-1996]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Chapman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996 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 Chapman sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Chapman was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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

Chapman sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Economics and Public Finance (19%) Law (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Health (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Environmental Protection (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Sep 1985 to Sep 1996, Chapman missed 635 of 5,858 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Sep 1996. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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