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Rep. Jim Chapman

Former Representative from Texas’s 1st District, Democrat

Chapman, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas's 1st congressional district from 1985 to 1996.

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


Our unique analysis of the bills Chapman sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1996. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Chapman is shown as a purple triangle. (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 about one third or more 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%) Environmental Protection (8%) Housing and Community Development (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (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: